The Chair of Applied Mechanics is a leading research center in the dynamics of mechanical and robotic systems. The core of its activities focuses on the development of novel simulation and experimental techniques for efficient analysis of complex structural dynamics, and on the design, construction and control of advanced robotic systems. The research of the Chair of Applied Mechanics can be summarized as development, simulation and experimental investigation of complex dynamical and mechatronic systems.

The research is organized in three main areas: Numerical Techniques, Experimental Dynamics, and Robotics. Each research group bundles specific expertise, monitors international advances and actively discusses the future research directions.

Numerical Methods

Designing and optimizing high-tech systems necessitate accurate and efficient modeling. The expertise and research focus of the chair is mainly on model reduction aspects, parallel computing strategies, multi-physical systems and numerical techniques to simulate structural dynamics.

Experimental Dynamics

Dynamic testing is regularly performed in our labs in order to validate models and test constructions. In addition, experimental dynamic techniques are part of our research where we improve identification methods.


Our chair has a long tradition in designing, constructing and controlling robots for novel applications. Based on our experience in autonomous legged robots, our institute has developed a high performance humanoid robot (LOLA) in recent years. Other research topics are manipulators and biomechanics.