Congratulations, Manuel Kudruss and Malin Kopitzsch

Congratulations to Manuel Kudruss and Malin Kopitzsch, who succesfully defended their theses today.

Manuels project “Fast NMPC Algorithms for Multi-Phase DAE-Systems with Discontinuites” was co-supervised by Christian Kirches at the Institute for Mathematical Optimization in Braunschweig. Malins project “Analysis of Human Push Recovery Motions Based on Optimization” was co-supervised by Martin Giese at the University of Tübingen.

Welcome Lizeth Sloot

ORB welcomes Lizeth Sloot, who joined ORB to work on the HeiAge project as a biomechanics specialist.

She finished her bachelor on Medical Natural Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam in 2008 with a thesis on the structural organization of the collagen coating on polyacrylamide gels. Subsequently, she obtained her Master of Science degree cum laude in Medical Natural Sciences with a specialization in Medical Physics in 2011.

After completing her PhD with a thesis on “Advanced technologies to assess motor dysfunction in children with cerebral palsy“, she held postdoctoral positions at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and at Harvard University before deciding to join the ORB team in Heidelberg.

Welcome Peter Wittlinger

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 from RWTH Aachen in 2007, Peter worked as a research engineer at “Forschungsgemeinschaft für Elektrische Anlagen und Stromwirtschaft”, before shifting his focus on science education as head of the children’s engineering lab of the Science Center „ExploHeidelberg“. At ORB, Peter will design and build a new intelligent walking assistant for elderly people in the context of the HeiAge project.

New collaboration in mobility assistance for the elderly

The Carl-Zeiss-Foundation will fund a new 5-year project coordinated by ORB that addresses mobility assistance technology for an elderly population. Together with colleagues from Computer Engineering, Psychology, Medicine Gerontology, Geriatrics and the Law department, we will address, how intelligent systems can increase mobility for elderly people and thereby improve their well-being in everyday life. The project start is scheduled for February 2019 More information can be found here.

Welcome Giorgos Marinou!

Welcome Giorgos Marinou!

A warm welcome to Giorgos Marinou who has just joined the ORB group as a new PhD student.

Giorgos completed his Master Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. He specialised in Clinical Biomechanics and specifically Subject-Specific Musculoskeletal Modeling whilst carrying out his studentship at the Insigneo Institute for in-silico Medicine. His thesis involved the assessment of the repeatability of a subject-specific musculoskeletal modelling pipeline, concerning patients suffering from juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Starting his PhD at ORB, he aims to investigate the applicability of soft robotics within optimization based design and control of exoskeletons in clinical and industrial applications.

New Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health

New Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health

The newly funded Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health (HIDSS4Health) is a joint graduate program of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University. A press release of Heidelberg University can be found here, a joint press release of all participating institutions is available here.

Public Event: ORB is part of the European Researchers’ Night!

The ORB research group takes part in the European Researchers’ Night 2018 on September, 28. Between 6 pm and 10 pm, interactive motion capture demos will be shown and an interactive robotics exhibition takes place at the Mathematikon, Berliner Straße 45. Entrance is free!

Die ORB Gruppe ist Teil der Nacht der Forschung am 28. September. Zwischen 18 und 22 Uhr wird es eine interaktive Roboterausstellung und interaktive Motion Capture Demos im Erd- und Untergeschoss des Mathematikon, Berliner Straße 45, geben. Der Eintritt ist frei!