Field of Work
Prof. David Remy’s research aims at the design, simulation, and control of legged robots, active prostheses, and other rehabilitation robots. Inspired by nature, he designs and controls robots whose motion emerges in great part passively from their mechanical dynamics, and is merely initiated and shaped through active actuator inputs. Among the beneficial properties of such systems are the avoidance of negative actuator work to improve efficiency, the increase of peak output power to improve speed, and a passive adaptation to their surroundings to improve agility and robustness. Additionally, this concept enable us to build the systems very lightweight, thereby improving mobility and allowing the robots to work safely side by side with human beings. In the long term, his research will allow the development of systems that reach and even exceed the agility of humans and animals. It will enable us to build autonomous robots that can run as fast as a cheetah and as enduring as a husky, while mastering the same terrain as a mountain goat. And it will provide us with novel designs for prosthetics, orthotics, and active exoskeletons that help restoring the locomotion skills of the disabled and can be used as training and rehabilitation devices for the injured.
Since 2018, David Remy, born 1979 in Rosenheim, Germany, is a Full Professor at the Institute for Nonlinear Mechanicas at the University of Stuttgart. His research is focused on robotics and locomotion. He holds a diploma in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He conducted his doctoral research at ETH Zurich on the optimal exploitation of natural dynamics in legged locomotion. Most recently he was an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After a total of 13 years abroad, he came back to Germany with support from the German Scholars Organization and the Carl Zeiss Foundation.
Prof. Remy is a recipient of the ETH Medal and of the NSF CAREER Award.