Prosthetic Research Projects


Research in Prosthetics at Technische Universität Darmstadt is performed in interdisciplinary cooperation between the departments of mechanical engineering, human sciences and computer science.

In the interdisciplinary project on user-friendly, active lower limb prostheses enabling technoglogies for such systems and methodological principles for their development are investigated to provide a basis for user-friendly and energy-efficient prostheses that actively support gait. The project involves the following institutions:

  • Institute for Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering IMS
  • Work and Engineering Psychology Group FAI
  • Simulation, Systems Optimization, and Robotics Group SIM

The test platform PAKO aims at understanding movement concepts and the derivation new prosthetic designs based on findings from these studies. This project is conducted in the

  • Locomotion Laboratory at Institut for Sports Sciences IFS

In the project on adaptive prostheses the Institute of Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering (IMS) cooperates with the prosthetic manufacturer Chas A Blatchford & Sons to develop mechatronic concepts to adapt the dynamic properties of lower limb prostheses in special situations of gait.

Further collaboraters are: