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Dr Helge Wurdemann
Room 502, Roberts Building
Torrington Place
United Kingdom
  • Lecturer in Medical Devices
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Helge Wurdemann started his studies in electrical engineering with the focus on mechatronics and robotics in the medical field at the Leibniz University of Hanover. He visited Auckland University of Technology and the Mechatronic Research Centre, Loughborough University in 2006 and 2007, respectively. In 2008, Dr Wurdemann completed his final year research project at the Institute of Robotic and Mechatronic (now: Institute of Mechatronic Systems). Dr Wurdemann's PhD project was funded by the EPSRC which he finalised in 2012. In November 2011, he joined EU FP7 projects COSMOS and STIFF-FLOP. From 2012 to 2015, Dr Wurdemann was a Research Associate, EU Project Manager and Leader of the Haptics Lab and Soft Robotics Lab at the Centre for Robotics Research, King’s College London. Early 2015, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is actively engaged in UCL Robotics.

Dr Helge Wurdemann has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers in journals and at international premium conferences in robotics and was Co-I on EU projects STIFF-FLOP and FourbyThree. Helge has also been involved in organising committees of several international conferences and workshops. His expertise in the field of robotics is much asked for. In the past, he has given interviews for the guardian, BBC World and exhibited his research at the Science Museum in London, the Schunk Expert Days and the British Science Festival. In March 2015, he organised the 2015 Innovative Surgical Robotics Forum in London together with Innovate UK (RAS SIG), KTN and the EC inviting 4 leading EU projects and distinguished speakers to bring research together with some entrepreneurial energy.

Research Groups
Research Summary

Dr Wurdemann's research interests include the design and application of bio-inspired, soft and stiffness-controllable medical and haptic robotic devices. The capability of robots to vary its stiffness is interdisciplinary and essential for applications where humans interact with robotic devices or vice versa. In particular, his focus is on:
  • the cross-disciplinary field of creating new innovative technologies to enhance user experience. 
  • exploring soft, stiffness-controllable robotic devices and systems. 
  • exploring learning strategies and stiffness control for modular assembly and flexible automation where humans work closely with robots (Human Robot Interaction).
  • developing sensors to characterise soft objects/tissue. 
The areas of applications include surgical interventions such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation, colo-rectal and abdominal surgery, the development of upper limb prostheses and human robot interaction in industrial settings. He is keen on collaborative work with artists and architects.

Teaching Summary

Dr Wurdemann gives lectures on control theory as part the “Control & Instrumentation” (MECH202P) and “Vibrations, Acoustics & Control” (MECHGM04) courses.

11-JAN-2016 Lecturer in Medical Devices Department of Mechanical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2012 – 10-JAN-2016 Research Associate and EU Project Manager Department of Informatics King's College London, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2011 – 30-NOV-2013 Research Associate Department of Informatics King's College London, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2011 – 31-JUL-2012 Research Assistant Department of Informatics King's College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2012 PhD Doctorat – Robotics King's College London
2008 Dipl. Ing. Diplom- Ingenieur – Electrical Engineering Leibniz Universität Hannover
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