Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Philipp Beckerle

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Philipp Beckerle

Head of Chair

Department of Electrical Engineering
Chair of Autonomous Systems and Mechatronics

Room: Raum 02.036
Paul-Gordan-Straße 3/5
91052 Erlangen

Philipp Beckerle is full professor (W3) and the head of the chair of Autonomous Systems at the Departments Electrical Engineering and Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering of FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. His research in human-centered mechatronics and robotics was honored with various awards, e.g., the Manfred-Hirschvogel Award, the MINT Excellence PhD thesis award, and the Eugen-Hartmann Award 2017.

Philipp Beckerle graduated in Mechanical Engineering majoring in Mechatronics at TU Darmstadt in 2009 and obtained his Dr.-Ing. in Mechatronics from TU Darmstadt in 2014. Subsequently, he was deputy institute director, chief engineer, and junior research group leader of Human-Mechatronics Synergy at Institute for Mechatronic Systems at TU Darmstadt from 2014 to 2018. Meanwhile, Philipp was visiting researcher at Robotics & Multibody Mechanics research group (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Interactive Robotics Lab, and Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab (Arizona State University), and Human Centered Robotics Group (University of Siena). From 2018 to 2020, he was leading Elastic Lightweight Robotics at TU Dortmund University assistant professor (W1) from which he received his habilitation in Mechatronics and Robotics in 2021.


Research interest: wearable robotics, elastic actuation, body representations, human-centered design/control, human-robot interaction


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Key references

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

  • Seminara L, Dosen S, Mastrogiovanni F, Bianchi M, Watt S, Beckerle P, Nanayakkara T, Drewing K, Moscatelli A, Klatzky RL, Loeb GE: A hierarchical sensorimotor control framework for human-in-the-loop robotic hands. Science Robotics, 2023.
  • Diaz MA, Voß M, Dillen A, Tassignon B, Flynn L, Geeroms J, Meeusen R, Verstraten T, Babic J, Beckerle P, De Pauw K: Human-in-the-loop optimization of assistive robotic devices to improve human robot interaction: A systematic review. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 2022.
  • Ármannsdóttir A L, Beckerle P, Moreno J C, van Asseldonk E H F, Manrique-Sancho M-T, del-Alma A J, Veneman J F, Briem K: Assessing the involvement of users during development of wearable robotic exoskeletons: a survey study. Human Factors, 62(3), pp. 351–364, 2020.
  • 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, 49(4), pp. 372-380, 2019.
  • 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, 95, pp. 1–12, 2017.
  • Beckerle P, Salvietti G, Unal R, Prattichizzo D, Rossi S, Castellini C, Hirche S, Endo S, Ben Amor H, Ciocarlie M, Mastrogiovanni F, Argall B D, Bianchi M: A Human-Robot Interaction Perspective on Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 11:24, 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, 22 (1), pp. 521–529, 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)