Jun.Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Beckerle


Since 10/18 W1 assistant professor, Elastic Lightweight Robotics group, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technische Universität Dortmund

Since 10/18 Adjunct researcher at Institute of Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering

08/14 – 09/18 Head of Human-Mechatronics Synergy research, deputy head of the institute, and chief engineer at Institute of Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering (since 10/17 authorized to supervise doctoral students)

04/2018 Visiting researcher at Human Centered Robotics Group, University of Siena

02/2016 – 03/2016 Visiting researcher at Interactive Robotics Lab and Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab, Arizona State University

11/2015 – 01/2016 Visiting researcher at Robotics & Multibody Mechanics reseach group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

05/2009 – 07/2014 Research assistant at Institute for Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering, PhD studies on “Human-machine-centered design and actuation of lower limb prosthetic systems”

10/2003 – 05/2009 Mechanical engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt (major: Mechatronics, degree: Dipl.-Ing., interdisciplinary certificate: Bioengineering and -technologies)


Head of Human-Mechatronics Synergy research; Prosthetic research projects: http://www.prothetik.tu-darmstadt.de; Associated Researcher at the Cognitive Science Center of TU Darmstadt; External researcher in the HYBOR-project (Biomechanical Engineering Group, UPC Barcelona, Spain); Co-supervisor of a Wearapp student (Human Centered Robotics Group, Uni. Siena, Italy); Weaver robot.


Interdisciplinary teaching Mensch-orientierte technische Assistenzsysteme (MotASys); Lectureship “Human- and environment-oriented product design” (Instute for Psychology, TUDA); Support course “Fundamentals of electrical engineering” ; Product design project 2009-2012; Machine elements and mechatronics I 2009-2012


von Stryk, O, Beckerle, P, Christ, O, Rinderknecht, S, Vogt, J: Verfahren und Testeinrichtung zur Durchführung von Tests mit einer Prothese. DE 10 2012 103 971.2, 2012 (Application)

von Stryk, O, Beckerle, P, Christ, O, Rinderknecht, S, Vogt, J: Verfahren und Vorrichtung zum Durchführen von Tests mit einer Testprothese. DE 10 2012 103 972.0, 2012 (Application)

Awards and honors

Athene Young Investigator “Human-oriented methods for intuitive and fault-tolerant control of wearable robotic devices” (junior researcher award, TUDA); Eugen-Hartmann-Award 2017 (VDI/VDE society measurement & automation); Manfred-Hirschvogel-Award 2015 (best PhD thesis in mech. eng., TUDA); MINT Excellence PhD thesis award 2015 (Manfred Lautenschläger-Stiftung); Athene Preis 2013 for interdisciplinary academic teaching; Best Student Paper Finalist IEEE BIOROB 2012; Best Paper Finalist IFToMM Rotordynamics 2010; Special recognition FAG Innovation Award 2010; Best Student Paper ASME/IEEE MESA 2009.


Workshop : Promoting Elastic Actuators for Robotics (PEAR); Scientific Network: Users’ Body Experience and Human-Machine Interfaces in (Assistive) Robotics; Workshops series: Human-Oriented Approaches for Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics.

Penner D, Abrams A M H, Overath P, Vogt J, Beckerle P: Robotic Leg Illusion: System Design and Human-in-the-Loop Evaluation., IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 2019.

Huynh T .V, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Fröhner J, Vogt J, Beckerle P: Robotic hand illusion with tactile feedback: Unravelling the relative contribution of visuotactile and visuomotor input to the representation of body parts in space. PLoS ONE, 14(1): e0210058, 2019.

Fröhner J, Salvietti G, Beckerle P, Prattichizzo D: Can wearable haptic devices foster the embodiment of virtual limbs? IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 2018.

Beckerle P, Christ O, Schürmann T, Vogt J, von Stryk O, Rinderknecht S: A human-machine-centered design method for (powered) lower limb prosthetics. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2017.

Beckerle P, Verstraten T, Mathijssen G, Furnémont R, Vanderborght B, Lefeber D: Series and Parallel Elastic Actuation: Influence of Operating Positions on Design and Control. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 2017.

Windrich M, Grimmer M, Christ O, Rinderknecht S, Beckerle P: Active Lower Limb Prosthetics: A Systematic Review of Design Issues and Solutions. BioMedical Engineering OnLine, 2016.

Verstraten T, Beckerle P, Furnémont R, Mathijssen G, Vanderborght B, Lefeber D: Series and Parallel Elastic Actuation: Impact of Natural Dynamics on Power and Energy Consumption. Mechanism and Machine Theory, 102, pp. 232–246, 2016.

Beckerle P: Practical Relevance of Faults, Diagnosis, and Tolerance in Elastically-Actuated Robots. Control Engineering Practice, 50, pp. 95-100, 2016 (Eugen-Hartmann-Preis 2017).

Beckerle Philipp, Schaede H, Butzek N, Rinderknecht S: Balancing filters: An approach to improve model-based fault diagnosis based on parity equations. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 29, pp. 137-147, 2012.

Felzer T, Beckerle P, Rinderknecht S, Nordmann R: Leveraging retained physical capabilities to improve quality of life as assessed by persons with severe motor impairments. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 5 (4), pp. 272-278, 2010.

A comprehensive list of publications can be found on Google Scholar or Research Gate.