Human-Friendly Robotics will be in Munich in September!

We are delighted to announce and invite you all to participate and submit a contribution to the 16th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics (HFR) to be held on September 20-21 in Munich, Germany.  

Please find more information on our website:

You can participate with two types of submissions: extended abstracts (no proceedings) and regular papers (Indexed with proceedings).

17/04/23: First Team Retreat

Wonderful lab trip to Burghausen! We had our first team retreat at the TUM Science & Study Center Raitenhaslach, with interesting discussions about future research projects and ideas.

New Paper Published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation

Interested in human-centered design approaches? Discover the successfull participation of the SoftHand Pro Team at the Cybathlon Powered Arm Prostheses race in 2016 and 2020. Our new paper describes how the real-world experience of the Cybathlon competition has driven the evolution of our system. Our paper is part of a Special Collection in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation and it's available at this page 

14/04/23: King Chun Tse - MSc. Thesis final presentation

Congratulation to King Chun Tse, who investigated the performance and learning process of myoelectric synergistic control for his MSc. Thesis. He developed two type of control mapping, intuitive and non-intuitive, using high-density surface electromyography (HD-sEMG) sensors.

23/02/23: Joana Matos and Matthieu Chevassut - Internship final presentation

Congratulations to Joana Matos and Matthieu Chevassut on the successful completion of their internship work at our Chair. During their time here, Joana worked on the development of sensors for the analysis of human grasping, while Matthieu focused on the design of artificial fingers based on soft robotics technologies.

23/02/23: Thomas Geier - MSc. Thesis final presentation

Congratulation to Thomas Geier, who worked on the development and psychometric evaluation of an immersive and myoelectrically controlled virtual reality-based mirror therapy for his MSc. Thesis. This work, which was conducted in collaboration between the Chair of Healthcare and Rehabilitation Robotics (Prof. Dr. Cristina Piazza) and the Department of Sport and Health Sciences (Prof. Dr. Joachim Hermsdörfer), explores the potential of virtual reality technology to assist with upper limb rehabilitation.

8-10/02/23: TUM-ICL Global Funding and UCL visit

Thanks to the TUM Global Funding project, we had the opportunity to travel to London and connect with colleagues at ICL and UCL. We are delighted to share that our recent visit was a great success! Not only we had the opportunity to exchange ideas and insights with these esteemed colleagues, but we also had the chance to visit their labs and see their impressive facilities and technologies. We are excited about the potential for future collaborations with these esteemed institutions, and we look forward to exploring ways to work together. 

21/01/23: Skiing Trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Our lab took a well-deserved break from our research activities and embarked on a skiing trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The trip was an opportunity to strengthen our team and to have some fun together outside of the lab. Beside the stunning mountain views and fresh alpine air, we enjoyed the thrill of skiing and snowboarding together. We are grateful to all the students who joined!

17/01/23: Theophil Spiegeler Talk @MIBE

Our PhD candidate, Theophil Spiegeler, gave a presentation at the Munich Institute of Biomedical Engineering (MIBE). Theophil's presentation focused on his recent work exploring the impact of surface EMG sensor density on the embodiment and functionality of upper-limb prostheses. The seminar provided an excellent opportunity to receive feedback from peers and experts, and to engage in discussions around the latest advances and challenges in biomedical engineering research.

19-22/10/22: EU-US Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) 2022 symposium

It's been a great honor that our chair was part of the EU-US Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) 2022 symposium in Bled, Slovenia. Prof. Cristina Piazza and Dr. Patricia Capsi were invited as highly accomplished early-career engineers for the selected topic: Prosthetics and AI. Cristina was a keynote speaker and both presented their work in the poster session. Many thanks to the National Academy of Engineering and collaborators for organizing such a wonderful event!

7/10/22: Dr. Patricia Capsi Morales wins the IEEE-ABB Award!

Dr. Patricia Capsi Morales, Senior Researcher at our Chair, was awarded the IEEE Italy section 2022 PhD Thesis Award on Challenges for Energy and Industry - Technology for her impressive PhD thesis work (conducted at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and University of Pisa). Her work has been published in several top-ranked journals, conference proceedings, and patents. Her achievements have also led to visiting research positions at international institutions (ICL and ASU) and ongoing scientific collaborations. Her thesis presents an especially satisfying work with a combination of science/design/clinical testing, which reinforces the importance of multidisciplinary work for transferring robotics into real bionic solutions tested by real users. Moreover, she contributed to the very successful participation of the SoftHand Pro Team at the Cybathlon 2020, where they won the silver medal.

24/08/22: New Technologies in Neurorehabilitation and Motor Learning

Ready to work on new solutions using innovative technologies? Join our new practical course (5 ETCS). Please check the dedicated page for more information.

The course will include:

  • Lectures of international experts, scientists and professionals from informatics, electronical engineering, movement science and neurorehabilitation
  • Theoretic insight into cognitive functions and learning principles addressed by prostheses and VR technologies
  • Excursion: Talk to patients and therapists and learn about best practice examples
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team on a solution to a practical problem
  • Interact with researchers, representants from industry, therapists and users during the development of your project

Registration is open!


27/07/22: Best Poster Award @DemoDay 2022

The team Prosthetics won the best poster award @DemoDay 2022! Congratulations to our students Julia Veloso and Andrea Weiller, currently working at our chair on Master and Bachelor thesis, respectively. They are mentored by Theophil Spiegeler and supervised by Prof. Piazza.

20/07/22: New Practical Course: Artificial limbs - Design and control (WS 22/23)

Registration is open, visit the dedicated page or TUMonline for more info

20/07/22: Course on Neuroprosthetics: Artificial Limbs (WS 22/23)

Registration will open soon, visit the dedicated page or TUMonline for more info

30/05/22: Veronika Spieker wins the MedtecLIVE Talent Award 2022

As part of her M.Sc. in Medical Technologies at TUM, Veronika Spieker conducted her master thesis on the design, implementation and experimental validation of a multi-modal myoelectric control for upper-limb prostheses. The work was supervised by Prof. Piazza, Prof. Haddadin and Dr. Ganguly. The MedtecLIVE Talent Award is supported by a top-class jury consisting of representatives from industry and research. Learn more about her story and her work.

Congratulations Veronika!

10/03/22: Master Seminar - Rehabilitation Robotics (SS 2022)

Registration is now open, visit the dedicated page or TUMonline for more info

01/03/22: New Thesis Topics!

For more information, visit our dedicated page or contact us 

01/10/21: New course on Neuroprosthetics - Artificial Limbs (WS 21/22)

Registration is now open, visit the dedicated page or TUMonline for more info