supported by
EC project
STIFF/VIACTORS Summer School on Impedance supported by
EC project

This is a Summer School on Impedance devoted to human and robotic impedance. It has been jointly organised by the EU FP7 research projects STIFF and VIACTORS. Also check out the related EC project The Hand Embodied.

Dates: July 25-29, 2011

Venue: Frauenchiemsee, Bavaria, Germany

Keynote speakers:
Alin Albu-Schäffer, DLR
Antonio Bicchi, U. Pisa
Etienne Burdet, Imperial
Neville Hogan, MIT
Oussama Khatib, Stanford
Gerald Loeb, USC
Joseph McIntyre, UPD-CNRS
Patrick van der Smagt, DLR
Sethu Vijayakumar, Edinburgh

Audience: Ph.D. students, postdocs, and senior researchers working on robot control, neuroscience, and biophysics.

impedance measurement


How can stiffness & elasticity enhance performance of human and robotic arms? We will address the intrinsic and controlled impedance of human and robot behaviour, and see who can learn from whom.



to the 2011 STIFF/VIACTORS Summer School on Impedance. In this Summer School we  combined tutorials and plenary talks on human and robotic impedance issues with in-depth scientific presentations as well as hands-on lab experience.

Our Summer School was more than "just" a summer school. Apart from tutorials, we organised and encouraged scientific discussions, with afternoons characterised by in-depth scientific talks by leading researchers.

The Summer School has taken place on the picturesque island "Frauenchiemsee" in Bavaria, from July 25 to 29, 2011.

artificial DLR arm and hand; artificial hand squeezes STIFF
artificial DLR hand holding a wine bottle