I am a roboticist and Lecturer in Medical Devices. The research interests of my #SoftHapticsLab include the design and application of bio-inspired, soft and stiffness-controllable medical and haptic devices and robotic art. Meet the #SoftHapticsTeam!I started my studies in electrical engineering with the focus on mechatronics and robotics in the medical field at the Leibniz University of Hanover. As part of my programme, I visited Auckland University of Technology and carried out a research project at the Mechatronic Research Centre, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University in 2007. In 2008, I did my final year research project at the Institute of Robotic and Mechatronic (now: Institute of Mechatronic Systems). My PhD studies started in late 2008 at the Centre for Robotics Research, Department of Informatics, King’s College London and was funded by the EPSRC under grant number EP/E031394/1. In November 2011, I joined the EU FP7 projects COSMOS and STIFF-FLOP. From 2012 to 2015, I was a Research Associate, Project Manager and Leader of the Haptics Lab and Soft Robotics Lab at the Centre for Robotics Research, Department of Informatics, King’s College London.
I have published over 35 peer-reviewed papers in journals and at international premium conferences in robotics (such as ICRA and IROS) leading in my field of research and the Co-I on EU projects STIFF-FLOP and 4×3. Within the new EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, I was successfully awarded a grant within the “Factories of the Future” call with my colleague Prof. K. Althoefer from Queen Mary University of London. I have also been involved in organising committees of several international conferences and workshops and have been invited to demonstrate STIFF-FLOP at the Science Museum’s Robot Safari in London, the Schunk Expert Days and the British Science Festival. In March 2015, I organised the 2015 Innovative Surgical Robotics Forum in London together with Innovate UK (RAS SIG) and the EC inviting 4 leading EU projects and distinguished speakers to bring research together with some entrepreneurial energy.