Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Beckerle

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Beckerle

Head of Chair

Department of Electrical-Electronic-Communication Engineering
Chair of Autonomous Systems and Mechatronics

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

Philipp Beckerle is full professor (W3) and chair of Autonomous Systems at the Departments Electrical Engineering and Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering of FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. At the same time, Philipp is an adjunct researcher at the Institute for Mechatronic Systems at TU Darmstadt. 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).


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


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Selected Publications

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bjelonic M, Kottege N, Homberger T, Borges P, Beckerle P, Chli M: Weaver: Hexapod robot for autonomous navigation on unstructured terrain. Journal of Field Robotics, 35(7), 1063-1079, 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, 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)