Kinematics, Dynamics and Mechatronics in Motion Technology


As part of the seminar, five to eight lectures are offered during the lecture period.

Speakers are represented from industry and other colleges or universities. The target group is very diverse: We address scientific and student employees of the institute, students of mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, employees of other university institutes as well as research and industry partners.

Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Burkhard Corves


Information about the use of Zoom:

The privacy notice for the use of Zoom and a handout for participants can be downloaded from the pages of the CLS of RWTH Aachen University.


Monday, July 3, 2023, 4:30pm

Shared control: from smart wheelchairs to brain-machine interfaces

Prof. Tom Carlson, University College London




The principles of shared control integrate the best of both worlds: the fast, reliable and precise task execution capabilities of automation with the complementary inventive, adaptive and interactive task execution skills of humans. In this seminar we explore the progress made in shared control systems applied to assistive robots such as smart wheelchairs. In this case, the system itself is able to perceive its surrounding environment and understand the context in which users are operating, so that it can help them achieve their goals safely and effectively. The control strategy is also inherently dependent upon the type of user interface employed, so we characterise the implications of various interfaces, ranging from the popular joystick and head array to the more obscure sip-and-puff switch and even brain-computer interfaces. Throughout the seminar we present a number of ongoing challenges that we have been tackling through projects such as the H2020 CrowdBot project and the EU Interreg FCE ADAPT project: operating in highly dynamic and crowded environments; adapting the system to reflect the ever-evolving needs and capabilities of the user; dealing with conflict between the user’s input and the automation’s control signals.

Brief Bio


Tom Carlson is Professor of Assistive Robotics at UCL, Vice-Dean Education for the Faculty of Medical Sciences, and Head of Education for the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science. He holds a joint appointment between the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering and his research lab is based in Aspire CREATe, the Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. Tom is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy SFHEA and co-Director of the MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies. He obtained his MEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 2006 and PhD in Intelligent Robotics in 2010, both from Imperial College London. He then pursued his postdoctoral research in shared control for brain-machine interfaces at EPFL, Switzerland, before joining UCL as a lecturer in 2013. From 2016-2018, he was a visiting professor at LAMIH UMR CNRS 8201, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut–Cambrésis, France. Prof Carlson also co-directed the INRIA France associated team ISI4NAVE from 2016-2021 and co-founded the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Shared Control.


Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 4:30pm


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wurll, Hochschule Karlsruhe


Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 4:30pm

Simulation - based development in acoustics

Dr.-Ing. Philipp Ingenlath, Vorwerk Elektrowerke GmbH & Co. KG