The research focus of the Optimization, Robotics & Biomechanics (ORB) Chair is on modeling, optimization and simulation of dynamic motions of anthropomorphic systems, i.e. humans, humanoid robots, and virtual human characters. Other research directions include motions of industrial robots, art robots, flying robots and swarm robots. From a mathematical perspective, we are particularly interested in the application and development of efficient numerical optimal control, inverse optimal control and non-smooth optimization techniques for complex hybrid dynamical system models. We also develop efficient tools to set up realistic dynamical optimization models of humans, robots and other technical devices including rigid multibody system models, muscle models and neural control.
We are part of the Institute of Computer Engineering (ZITI) of Heidelberg University since April 2017 and remain a member of the Interdiscplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) as an external research group.
Our research projects cover the following topics:
Our interdisciplinary research creates bridges between scientific computing and many other disciplines, such as robotics, engineering, biomechanics, medicine, orthopedics, sports, computer graphics, cognitive sciences, art and archaeology.
Congratulations to Manuel Kudruss and Malin Kopitzsch, who succesfully defended their theses today. Manuels project "Fast NMPC Algorithms for Mul...
ORB welcomes Lizeth Sloot, who joined ORB to work on the HeiAge project as a biomechanics specialist. She finished her bachelor on Medical Natural...
A warm welcome to Peter Wittlinger, who will join our team as an PhD student to work on the HeiAge project. After receiving his engineering diploma f...
The Carl-Zeiss-Foundation will fund a new 5-year project coordinated by ORB that addresses mobility assistance technology for an elderly population. ...
Prof. Dr. Katja Mombaur
Chair Optimization, Robotics & Biomechanics (ORB)
Institute of Computer Engineering (ZITI)
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