Wearable Robotic Technologies


The lecture starts with an overview of wearable robot technologies (exoskeletons, prostheses and ortheses) and its potentials, followed by the basics of wearable robotics. In addition to different approaches to the design of wearable robots and their related actuator and sensor technology, the lecture focuses on modeling the neuromusculoskeletal system of the human body and the physical and cognitive human-robot interaction for tightly coupled hybrid human-robot systems. Examples of current research and various applications of lower, upper and full body exoskeletons as well as prostheses are presented.

Learning Objectives:

The students have received fundamental knowledge about wearable robotic technologies and understand the requirements for the design, the interface to the human body and the control of wearable robots. They are able to describe methods for modelling the human neuromusculoskeletal system, the mechatronic design, fabrication and composition of interfaces to the human body. The students understand the symbiotic human–machine interaction as a core topic of Anthropomatics and has knowledge of state-of-the-art examples of exoskeletons, orthoses and prostheses.

Language of instructionGerman/English

Vorlesungsfolien und ausgewählte aktuelle Literaturangaben werden in der Vorlesung bekannt gegeben und als pdf unter http://www.humanoids.kit.edu verfügbar gemacht.

Organisational issues

Die Erfolgskontrolle erfolgt in Form einer schriftlichen Prüfung im Umfang von i.d.R. 60 Minuten nach § 4 Abs. 2 Nr. 1 SPO.

Modul für Master Maschinenbau, Mechatronik und Informationstechnik, Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Sportwissenschaften

Empfehlungen: Der Besuch der Vorlesung Mechano-Informatik in der Robotik wird empfohlen.

Arbeitsaufwand: 120h