Human-Mechatronics Synergy

Wearable mechatronic and robotic devices such as prostheses, orthoses, or alternative input devices exhibit a very tight human-mechatronic interaction. Thus, the consideration of human factors in their development is essential to find technical solutions that agree with user requirements and achieve human-mechatronics synergy.

Consideration of human and technical factors

Our research in Human-Mechatronics Synergy (HMS) aims at combining both kinds of synergies to design human-oriented solutions. Those should support their users and be accepted by them holistically. Our fundamental approach is the equal consideration of human and technical factors in design.

Hence, exemplary research issues are:

  • What are the interrelations of human factors and design issues?
  • How can such soft aspects be considered in design methodologies?

Further, human-oriented enabling technologies are investigated to tackle open questions like:

  • What technologies enable synergetic human-mechatronic systems?
  • How should enabling technologies be integrated in the mechatronic part?

The research approach based on a mix of methods from engineering and human science (e. g., mechatronics/robotics and psychology/biomechanics) is outlined in the figure. The overall aim of this research is to improve the quality of life of users irrespective of the physical dis-/abilities. Our current activities cover the following research areas:

Elastic Robot Design, Actuation, and Control

Human-Computer/Human-Robot Interaction

Human-Machine-Centered Design Methods

Prosthetics and Biomechanics