Research topics

  • Actuators: Artificial muscles, piezo actuators
  • Pneumatics: Pneumatic (fluidic) muscles, bellows and gaiters
  • Robotics: Compliant manipulators and robots
  • Control: Biological inspired control, data architecture and information processing
  • Bionik: Mindset of Bionik engineers
  • Bio-Robotics Lab with the robots:
    • ZAR5: Humanoid Muscle Robot, version 5
    • BROMMI:TAK: Bionik trunk kinematics
    • KobotAERGO-MMS: Compliant man-machine interface
    • BionicMotionRobot: Pneumatic driven tentacle manipulator

Committee work and reviewer activities (honorary)

  • 2016 – till now: BIOKON e.V., Bionics Competence Network: Board member
  • 2016 – till now: RAM, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine: Reviewer
  • 2015 – till now: IFAC, Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems: Reviewer
  • 2013 – till now: ICRA, IEEE conference: Reviewer
  • 2013 – till now: AR, Advanced Robotics, Taylor & Francis journal: Reviewer
  • 2012: DGR days, conference: Member of the Organizing Committee
  • 2012 – till now: Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Elsevier journal: Reviewer
  • 2010 – till now: ICABB, Int. Conference on Applies Bionics and Biomechanics: Reviewer
  • 2009 – till now: Chairmanship VDI guideline Bionic Robots (VDI 6222)
  • 2009 – till now: Member of the advisory board VDI Bionics (VDI 6220)
  • 2008 – 2012: BIOKON Int., Bionics Competence Network: Chairmanship working group Robotics
  • 2006: Bionik2006 conference: Member of the Organizing Committee
  • 2004: Bionik2004 conference: Organizer of the 1st Int. Industrial Conference Bionik
  • 2000 – till now: BIOKON e.V., Bionics Competence Network: Chairmanship working group Robotics

Publications, selected (#10)

  • 2017: Martens M. and Boblan I.: Modelling the Static Force of a Festo Pneumatic Muscle Actuator: A New Approach and a Comparison to Existing Models. In Actuators 2017, 6(4), 33
  • 2017: Martens M., Passon A. and Boblan I.: A sensor-less approach of a torque controller for pneumatic muscle actuator driven joints. In 3rd Int. Conf. on Control, Automation and Robotics, ICCAR 2017, Nagoya, 2017, pp. 477-482, doi: 10.1109/ICCAR.2017.7942742
  • 2016: Wehle M. and Weidemann A., Boblan I.: Research on Human’s Cognition for Biological Inspired Developments – Human-Robot Interaction by Biomimetic Artificial Intelligence. Book chapter in Advanced Research on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architecture. IGI Global
  • 2016: Weidemann A., Compagna D., Marquardt M., Martens M. and Boblan I.: Biological, Biomimetic and Sociological Aspects of Human-Robot Interaction in Work Environments. In 18th Int. Conf. on Human-Computer Interaction – HCII 2016, Toronto, Canada, July 17-22, p. 12
  • 2013: Boblan I., Schulz A., Tuchscherer A., Perfilov I., Bertrand B.: A Compliant Lightweight Universal Joint Cascadable to a Multi-joint Kinematics - Tripedale Alternate Cascade, TAC -. In 6th Int. Symp. On Adaptive Motion of Animal and Machines – AMAM 2013, Darmstadt, Germany, 11-14 March
  • 2010: Boblan I., Schulz A.: A Humanoid Muscle Robot Torso with Biologically Inspired Construction. In 41th Int. Symp. on Robotics – ISR 2010 and 6th German Conf. on Robotics - ROBOTIK 2010, München, 7-9 June, p. 6
  • 2009: Boblan I.: Modelling and control of a fluidic muscle pair. Dissertation, Faculty III Process Sciences, TU Berlin, to obtain the academic degree Dr.-Ing.
  • 2007: Boblan I., Bannasch R., Schulz A. und Schwenk H.: A human-like robot torso ZAR5 with fluidic muscles: Toward to a common platform for embodied AI. In M. Lungarella et al. (Eds.): 50 Years of AI, LNAI 4850, pp. 348–358, 2007, Springer, ISSN 0302-9743, ISBN-10 3-540-77295-2
  • 2005: Boblan I., Bannasch R., Maschuw J., Schulz A. and Schwenk H.: A Human-like Robot Hand and Arm with Fluidic Muscles: Modelling of a Muscle Driven Joint with an Antagonistic Setup. In 3rd Int. Symp. on Adaptive Motion in Animals and Machines, AMAM 2005, Ilmenau, Germany, Sep. 25-30, p. 7, ISBN 3-938843-03-9
  • 2004: Boblan I., Bannasch R., Schwenk H., Miertsch L., Schulz A.: A Human like Robot Hand and Arm with Fluidic Muscles: Biologically Inspired Construction and Functionality. In Embodied AI, Iida F., Pfeifer R., Steels L. Kuniyoshi Y. (Eds.), Dagstuhl 03281, Springer, ISBN 3-540-22484-X, pp. 160-179

Invited lectures, selected (#10)

  • 2017.06.13, Host: General Association of Business Berlin-Brandenburg (AWB), Event: General meeting 2017, Talk: Possibilities and limits of robotics in the world of work - Flexible robot systems for a safe and ergonomic interaction between human and robot, invited by Mr. A. Schirp (CEM)
  • 2016.09.29, Host: Business Associations Berlin-Brandenburg, Event: Symposium Health in Transition, Talk: Novel robotic systems with safe human-robot interaction for a health-promoting work design, invited by Mr. A. Schirp (CEM)
  • 2016.05.25, Host: Berlin Alliance for Elderly Care, Event: Conference "Care 4.0" - Do digitalisation and intelligent technology change the service care?, Talk: Humanoid and non-humanoid robots interacting with humans, invited by Mrs. E. Ahlhoff (CEM)
  • 2015.12.14, Host: Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women, Event: Metropolitan Conference "Work 4.0 - made in Berlin", Talk: Service-Robotics - Chance for Berlin, invited by Federal Minister Mrs. Andrea Nahles, Governing Mayor of Berlin Mr. M. Müller
  • 2015.06.23, Host: Volkswagen AG, Event: Human-robot cooperation at VW, Talk: Human-Robot Interaction - An interdisciplinary approach to human-centred technology, invited by Mr. M. Harries
  • 2015.06.09, Host: Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH, Event: Safety in IT - Secure interaction between prosthesis and human, Talk: Human-robot interaction - New ways and possibilities of bionic robots for a human-centred technique -, invited by Mr. Dr. O. Kunert
  • 2015.03.09, Host: BAuA – Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Event: 1. WS Human-robot collaboration - Designing safe, healthy and competitive work, Talk: Human-robot interaction - New ways and possibilities for a human-cantered technique, invited by Mr. Dr. S. Wischniewski
  • 2011.03.17, Host: BIOKON Int. – The Biomimetic Association, Event: Int. Industrial Convention on Biomimetic 2011, Talk: Control of bionic compliant drives for 'feelingly' robots of the future, invited by Mr. Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck (CEO) and Mr. Dr. R. Erb (CEM)
  • 2008.06.13, Host: Stiftung Brandenburger Tor in the Max Liebermann Haus, Event: Symposium Bionic Robotics, Talk: Bionic robotics - New ways to a safe man-machine interaction, invited by Mr. Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck and Mrs. J. Alvarado
  • 2006.10.30, Host ETH Zürich, Event: National day of technology 2006 – Symposium technique and medicine, Talk: From natural muscle to elastic robotic systems, invited by Mrs. M. Raguth

Robot demonstrations, selected (#10)

  • 2017.04.24-28, Host: Hannover Trade Fair Industry 2017,Event: Stand Festo AG, Robot: BionicMotionRobot, invited by Mr. Dr. W. Stoll (Owner)
  • 2008.10.11-12, Host: City Wien Austria, Event: The Vienna Research Festival 2008, Robot: Humanoid Muscle Robot ZAR5, invited by Mr. M. Fischer (Festo AG)
  • 2008.06.03-05, Host: RTL in Köln Germany, Event: Stern TV Special, Robot: Humanoid Muscle Robot ZAR5, invited by Mr. M. Fischer (Festo AG)
  • 2008.04.13-17, Host: Hannover Trade Fair Industry 2008, Event: Stand Festo AG, Robot: YoYo-Game, invited by Mr. Dr. W. Stoll (Owner)
  • 2007.05.05, Host: ARD in Freiburg Germany, Event: The big show of natural wonders, Robot: Humanoid Muscle Robot ZAR5, invited by Mr. M. Fischer (Festo AG)
  • 2006.07.09-14, Host: University Zürich in Monte Verita (Ascona) Switzerland, Event: 50th Anniversary Summit of AI, Robot: Humanoid Muscle Robot ZAR5, invited by Mr. Prof. Dr. R. Pfeifer
  • 2006.10.10-13, Host: VIENNA-TEC 2006 in Wien Österreich, Event: Stand Festo Austria, Robot: Humanoid Muscle Robot ZAR5, invited by Mrs. Böcskör
  • 2006.04.24-28, Host: Hannover Trade Fair Industry 2006, Event Stand Festo AG, Robot: Humanoid Muscle Robot ZAR5, invited by Mr. Dr. W. Stoll (Owner)
  • 2004.08.27-28, Host: BMBF in Berlin, Event: Open day of the ministries, Robot: Humanoid Muscle Robot ZAR4, invited by Mrs. E. Bulmahn
  • 2003.07.07-11, Host: Dagstuhl Event Germany, Event: Int. Seminar Embodied Artificial Intelligence, Robot: Humanoid Muscle Robot ZAR3, invited by Mr. Prof. Dr. R. Pfeifer