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

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

Patrick van der Smagt
Head, Terrestrial Assistive & Service Robotics

DLR, Inst. of Robotics and Mechatronics
P.O. Box 1116, 82230 Wessling, Germany
Phone: +49 8153 281152

impedance measurement

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(Patrick said: this is a unique video!  At the last day of organising my summer school, I managed to fall asleep during my own talk. Fortunately, the audience did not notice---the talk was so boring, they dozed off before I did.)

Patrick van der Smagt

From human to robot impedance: lessons learned

In this talk I will try to capture what has been discussed in the various Summer School talks, while focusing on one issue in particular: the difference in impedance handling between biological systems (humans) and robots.  Quantifying what we have learned from biology, what still has to be learned from biology, and what we need not learn from biology. Which aspects of human limb impedance are worth looking into, and which are not?

Patrick van der Smagt, Head of Terrestrial Assistive and Service Robotics at DLR, received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Amsterdam. Not long after that he joined the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at DLR, where he built up and leads the bionics group. His work, focusing on biomimetic robotics as well as machine learning, is funded by various EC and German research projects.

Patrick is book editor and associate editor for Neural Networks and chair and keynote at various conferences. He is a member of the NCM.

Related publications

  1. Höppner H, Lakatos D, Urbanek H, Castellini C, Smagt P van der (2011). The Grasp Perturbator: Calibrating human grasp stiffness during a graded force task. ICRA [pdf]

  2. Gruijl J de, Smagt P van der, Zeeuw C de (2009). Anticipatory grip force control using a cerebellar model. Neuroscience 162 (3), 777-786. [doi] [www]

  3. Smagt P van der et al (2009). Robotics of human movement. J. Neurophysiology Paris 103 (3-5), 119-132. [doi] [www]

  4. Arbib M, Metta G, Smagt P van der (2008). Neurorobotics: From Vision to Action. Handbook of Robotics [www]