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Dr.-Ing. Thomas Hulin

DLR German Aerospace Center
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Analysis and Control of Advanced Robotic Systems
Oberpfaffenhofen
Muenchener Str. 20
82234 Wessling

telephone: +49 8153 28-1306
email: Dr.-Ing. Thomas Hulin

Member of the Telepresence Research Group.

News

07.09.2021
We could give the first live demo of the augmented haptics device FingerTac at the CeTI convention in Dresden. Many thanks for the (verbal) feedback from those who tested this novel haptic interaction device.
 
25.08.2021
I have been appointed as associate editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). I look forward to serving this prestigous robotics journal.
 
12.08.2021
Our patent "Robotersystem" (DE 10 2019 124 717) was granted.
 
11.06.2021
Our journal paper on "Model-Augmented Haptic Telemanipulation" got published at Frontiers in Robotics and AI and is freely accessible. Many thanks to the reviewers for their great support. Enjoy reading!
 
24.06.2021
Our patent "Robotersystem" (DE 10 2020 103 303) was granted.
 
04.01.2021
I have been appointed as associate editor for the IEEE WHC 2021. I look forward to serving the world's leading haptics conference.
 
20.09.2020
I have been appointed as associate editor for the IEEE ICRA 2021. I look forward to serving this prestigious robotics conference.
 
14.08.2020
We are looking for another excellent student in mechanical engineering, who wants to join our SwarmRail-Team to develop novel innovative mobile robotic platforms for the factory of the future. Further information can be found at rmc.dlr.de/swarmrail.
 
22.07.2020
Today, I presented our new exciting augmented-haptics device FingerTac at the HCII2020. Enjoy reading the paper.
 
15.06.2020
It is great to see that some online news sites have reported about our SwarmRail system:
- IEEE Spectrum Video Friday
- heise online
- Robotic Gizmos
- Robot Enthusiast
- Technology in Business
- EN24
 
02.06.2020
Martin presented our novel SwarmRail-system at the virtually held ICRA conference. Enjoy watching the SwarmRail video on youtube and reading the paper.
 
25.11.2019
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano today successfully carried out a telerobotic experiment and took control of an ESA rover from the space station ISS. Our telemanipulation control framework provided stable haptic feedback during the task:
www.dlr.de/content/en/articles/news/2019/04/20191125_astronaut-controls-rover-on-earth.html
 
09.10.2019
We are looking for students who want to build a novel mobile robot platform for the factory of the future. Further information can be found at rmc.dlr.de/swarmrail.
 
16.09.2019
It is a great honor to have been appointed as associate editor for the IEEE ICRA 2020. I look forward to supporting the world's largest robotics conference.
 
12.07.2019
The IEEE-Spectrum included our haptic device HUG on their Video Friday.
 
10.05.2019
The IROS-workshop on "Legacy Disruptors in Applied Telerobotics" was accepted. I will contribute with a talk on "Control Concepts for VR-Based Haptic Telemanipulation".
 
11.03.2019
Our patent "Robotersystem" (DE102017215166) was granted.
 
26.01.2019
Our paper on "Reconstructing Human Hand Pose and Configuration using a Fixed-Base Exoskeleton" got accepted or publication on the ICRA conference. We thank the reviewers for their valuable comments.
 
01.01.2019
The Center for Tactile Internet (CeTI) is now alive. Looking forward to an inspiring collaboration.
 
01.10.2018
Our paper on "Space Factory 4.0 - New processes for the robotic assembly of modular satellites on an in-orbit platform based on Industrie 4.0 approach" was presented on the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).
 
14.06.2018
Our paper on "Inertial Properties in Haptic Devices: Non-Linear Inertia Shaping vs. Force Feedforward" got accepted for publication on the SYROCO conference. We thank the reviewers for their valuable comments.


Projects

  • CeTI: Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop, Cluster of Excellence at TU Dresden
  • Space Factory 4.0: In-orbit factory for building small satellites (Förderkennzeichen: 50RP1712)
  • STAMAS: Smart technology for artificial muscle applications in space (European Project FP7-SPACE-2012-312815)
  • VR-OOS: Virtual Reality for On-Orbit Servicing
  • VibroTac: A Versatile Vibrotactile Feedback Device for the Wrist
  • Haptic rendering for virtual assembly verification
    Partners: VR-Lab of the Volkswagen AG, Fraunhofer IGD
  • EU Network of Excellence: Enactive Interfaces (European Project FP6-IST-2004-002114)
  • Skills: Multimodal Interfaces for Capturing and Transfer of Skill (European Project FP6-IST-2005-035005FP6-IST-035005)

 

Fields of Interest
Control theory for haptic rendering Human machine interfaces (video) Virtual product development (video) Robot simulation and visualization Skill transfer Haptic rendering algorithms

 

Awards

Paper Awards

Innovation Awards

Technology Transfer Awards

  • S. Schätzle, B. Weber, T. Hulin, N. Sporer: VibroTac - Tactile Access to the
    World, EuRobotics Tech Transfer Award finalist 2015

 

In the Media

 

Patents and Patent Applications
  • M. Görner, T. Hulin, R. Weitschat: "Robotorsystem", DE 10 2021 115 547 (patent pending)
  • T. Hulin, M. Görner, R. Weitschat: "Omnidirektionales Rad und Robotersystem", DE 10 2020 133 383 (patent pending)
  • T. Hulin, M. Görner: "Robotersystem", DE 10 2020 103 303 (granted)
  • F. Grimmel, F. Benedikt, M. Görner, T. Hulin, B. Pleintinger: "Robotersystem", DE 10 2019 124 717 (granted)
  • T. Hulin, B. Pleintinger: "Manipulator" DE 10 2019 124 358 (patent pending)
  • S. Schätzle, T. Hulin: "Orientierungshilfe für eine Person mit eingeschränktem Sehvermögen" DE 10 2018 107 970 (granted)
  • M. Görner, T. Hulin: "Robotersystem", DE 10 2017 215 166 (granted)
  • T. Hulin: "Haptische Vorrichtung und Verfahren zur Regelung eines Aktors einer haptischen Vorrichtung", DE 10 2017 100 101 (granted)
  • T. Hulin, S. Schätzle: "Vorrichtung und Verfahren zum Erzeugen eines taktilen Reizes" (Aktiver Fingerhut zur Generierung taktilen Feedbacks), DE 10 2016 111 634 (granted)
  • K. Hertkorn, T. Hulin, C. Preusche: "Verfahren zum Steuern eines Roboters" (Method for controlling robot), DE 10 2012 205 279 (not granted)
  • T. Hulin, S. Jörg, J. Klodmann, R. Konietschke: "Verfahren zum Steuern eines Telemanipulations-Roboters" (Method for telemanipulating a robot), EP2602681B1 (granted)
  • T. Ende, T. Hulin, C. Preusche, S. Schätzle, T. Wüsthoff: "Orientierungshilfe für Personen mit eingeschränktem Sehvermögen" (Orientation aid for persons having limited visual faculty), DE 10 2011 076 891, EP2713983B1 (granted)

The last two in the list got already successfully licensed by industry in the scope of two technology transfers.

 

Publications

This is a chronological list of all my publications. You may also be interested in my short bio. You can also find me on Google Scholar and dblp.

2021

2020

 

2019

 

2018

 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

2005

 

2004

 

2003

 

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Supervised Theses

  • Hüseyin Tugcan Dinc:
    Development of a Parallel Spherical Robotic Mechanism as a Haptic Interaction Device for Telerobotic Applications
    Master's. Deggendorf Institute of Technology, 2020. [elib]
  • Michael Rothammer:
    Enhancement of a control approach to display high stiffness in virtual environments
    Bachelor's. Technische Universität München, 2020. [elib]
  • Suraj Giri:
    Development of a Tactile Thimble for Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications
    Master's. Universität Siegen, 2019. [elib]
  • Ferdinand Grimmel:
    Programmierung eines Mikrocontrollers zur Ansteuerung mobiler robotischer Einheiten für das SwarmRail-System
    Bachelor's. Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München, 2019. [elib]
  • Fabian Benedikt:
    Konzeption und Konstruktion einer mobilen robotischen Einheit für das SwarmRail-System
    Bachelor's. Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München, 2019. [elib]
  • Ricardo González Camarero:
    Dynamic Simulation and Control of Exoskeletal Devices for an Astronaut’s Hand and Leg
    Master's. CEIT and TECNUN, University of Navarra, 2014. [elib]
  • Alejandro Erick Magana Flores:
    Stability Analysis for a Surgical Simulator
    Diploma. Technische Universität Dresden, 2013. [elib]
  • Johannes Munk:
    Rotational Drive Unit for the DLR bimanual Haptic Device - Integration of Safety Features
    Technical University of Munich, 2013. [elib]
  • Martin Arbesmeier:
    Development of a Multimodal Interface for Teleoperating a Humanoid Robot for Remote Service Tasks
    Master's. Universität Regensburg, 2012. [elib]
  • Gloria Pöhler:
    Evaluierung eines VR Systems zum Erlernen von Roboter-Singularitäten
    Bachelor's. DLR, 2010. [elib]
  • Katharina Hertkorn:
    Erweiterung eines passivitätsbasierten Reglers für haptisches Rendering
    Diploma. Universität Stuttgart, 2009. [elib]
  • Mikel Sagardia:
    Enhancements of the Voxmap-PointShell Algorithm
    Diploma. Universidad de Navarra, Spain, 2008. [elib]
  • Zhongyang Wu:
    Adaption of the Inverse Kinematics of the DLR Light Weight Robot for Its Use as Haptic Device
    Master's. 2007. [elib]
  • Martin Otterbach:
    Software-Werkzeug zur Diskretierung virtueller 3D-Objekte
    Diploma. FH Esslingen, 2005. [elib]

 

If you also would like to work for your thesis at DLR under my supervision, please feel free to send me your application letter.

 

Service and Volunteer Activities

Functions

  • Associate Editor (AE) of the IEEE ICRA 2020 and ICRA 2021
  • Associate Editor (AE) of the IEEE WHC 2021
  • Co-organizer of the IEEE WHC 2017 half-day workshop on "Haptic Methods and Technologies for Virtual Assembly Simulations", speakers: Ralf Rabätje (vr-on), Jérôme Perret (haption), Rene Weller (University of Bremen), Bernhard.Weber (DLR), Thomas Hulin (DLR)
  • Organizer of the IEEE WHC 2017 lab tour at DLR
  • Member of the Programme Committee of the GI VR/AR 2015 and 2016
  • Member of the editorial board for the Institute website (since 2013)

Invited Peer-Reviewer for

  • IEEE Transactions on Robotics
  • IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
  • IEEE Transactions on Haptics
  • IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
  • International Journal of Robotics Research
  • Advances in Engineering Software
  • numerous international conferences and symposia in the fields of robotics, control, haptics, virtual reality, mechatronics, and mathematical modelling.

 

Useful Stuff

Here is a short list of useful stuff that I implemented during my research activities.

 

 

 

 

Last updated on Thursday, 30 September 2021 by Dr.-Ing. Thomas Hulin