Photo: Körber-Stiftung / David Ausserhofer
Jörn Malzahn received his Diploma in electrical engineering from TU Dortmund University as the best of the year in 2008. In 2014 he received the Doctorate in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) with distinction (summa cum laude) from the Institute of Control Theory and Systems Engineering (RST) of TU Dortmund University. The dissertation entitled:
"Modeling and Control of Multi-Elastic-Link Robots under Gravity – From Oscillation Damping and Position Control to Physical Interaction"
Print version: Fortschritt-Berichte VDI Reihe 8 Nr. 1237. Düsseldorf: VDI Verlag 2014
has been selected as award finalist for Germany's most important dissertations of the year 2015 by the Körber Stiftung ("Deutscher Studienpreis für die wichtigsten Dissertationen des Jahres"). In January 2015 he joined the Advanced Robotics Group at IIT.
Jörn Malzahn is member of the program committee of the bi-annual German mechatronics conference "VDI Mechatronik" and the annual IFToMM D-A-CH Conference. He chaired the 1st IFToMM D-A-CH Conference in 2015. Moreover, he serves as associate editor for the IEEE International Conference on Multi-sensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems (MFI) and was co-chair of the 9th Human-Friendly Robotics Workshops 2016 in Genoa. He chaired the IEEE/RSJ IROS 2016 Workshops “Mechatronics
behind Force/Torque Controlled Robot Actuation: Secrets and Challenges" and currently serves as a guest editor for the joint topic on "Advances in Mecha-
tronics and Biomechanics towards Efficient Robot Actuation" in the Frontiers Journals "Bioengineering and Biotechnology" as well as "Frontiers in Robotics and AI"
His research interest focuses on lightweight bio-inspired structural designs in conjunction with control algorithms for robots with the objective to improve their energy efficiency as well as strength, and donate them sensitive proprioceptive capabilities at the same time.
Finalist "Deutscher Studienpreis für die wichtigsten Dissertationen des Jahres" (transl: Award for the most important dissertations of the year), Körber Stiftung, 2015 (link)