Biomechatronic Systems


Every year, 6.9 million people suffer serious health damage at their place of work (EU-OSHA, 2013). As a result, the prediction and prevention of physical disabilities as well as the preservation of health at work are ever-important issues. 50 percent of all chronic illnesses in our society are related to the musculoskeletal system. In the future, this figure is expected to rise significantly among people aged over fifty.

The department “Biomechatronic Systems” develops technical solutions to detect, control and generate human motion for medical and ergonomic applications. Our interdisciplinary team works closely with industry to conduct research at international level.

Together with our customers, we want to develop new solutions: for a mobile society undergoing a demographic change.



Physical Assistance Systems

Experts from the fields of ergonomics, physiotherapy, sports science and orthopedics support them in an advisory capacity. Their goal is to maintain, restore and/or increase human mobility through actively driven technical systems in the form of prostheses, orthoses and exoskeletons.


Occupational Exoskeletons

Fraunhofer IPA has been active for almost 10 years in the field of exoskeletons and assist its clients in the selection, implementation and evaluation of existing systems, as well as through the development of new occupational exoskeletons.



The department “Biomechatronic Systems” supports companies in analyzing workplace situations and provides sustainable solutions for the worker. The department also focuses on individual concepts for actively and passively driven exoskeletons to relieve physical stress.


Radar Technology for Smart Surveillance and Environmental Sensing

Radar is the sensor of choice in many human-centered applications, thanks to its ability to capture motions in real-time, even under harsh environmental and/or lighting conditions, while preserving privacy.


Applied Biomechanics

The “Applied Biomechanics” group specializes in conducting kinetic and kinematic analyses for its customers. The group also offers mechanical design solutions for prostheses and orthoses as well as test solutions in the areas of orthopedics, work ergonomics and sport sciences.


Biomimetics in Medical Engineering

The “Biomimetics in Medical Engineering” group transfers existing natural principles to medical engineering in order to develop innovative implants, prostheses and exoskeletons.


Test Systems for Body Worn Products

Safe testing methods in the early development phase of all types of body worn systems, from prostheses to exoskeletons. We offer customized test procedures in compliance with standard specifications as well as special tests. We develop test systems together with you and support the further development of your products.


In-Silico Orthopedics

The In-Silico Orthopedics strives to create a workflow-based simulation environment to develop virtual products and conduct research in the field of orthopedics.