Citizens' Campus: 21 years of Biomechatronics in Ilmenau: Evolution of a once new subject on its way to establishment

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Fr. 17.11.2023
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In 2002, the TU Ilmenau founded Germany's first Biomechatronics Group. Building on the tradition of technical-biological cybernetics, the first ten years were characterized by bionics and, within this, biorobotics, although "assistance systems" were not neglected from the outset. With the takeover of tasks of the department of work science at the retirement of Prof. Kurtz, this field of work (internationally called "Human Serving Systems") gained steadily increasing importance. In addition to the spectrum in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, which has been established since 1954, biomechatronic auxiliary systems are created, which can be assigned to the medical categories of prevention, diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation. The knowledge and experience gained in this way are mirrored without constraint in topics related to the world of work (active exoskeleton for relief during manual work) such as human-robot cooperation. Current projects focus on biomechatronic components of minimally invasive robotic surgery.


Speaker: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. med. (habil.) Hartmut Witte, graduate engineer of mechanical engineering and habilitated specialist for anatomy, is head of the Biomechatronics Group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.