Christian Hatzfeld

Dr.-Ing. Christian Hatzfeld


Merckstr. 25
64283 Darmstadt

Raum: S3/06 135

+49 6151 16-23884



My research focuses on design and development methods of task-specific haptic systems. My special interest is the consideration of properties of human haptic perception in order to reduce the requirements in the system design. Research topics are:

  • Design and evaluation methods for task-specific haptic systems,
  • Optimization of psychophyical methods to characterize human haptic perception,
  • Medical and user interface applications,
  • Miniaturized force sensors for medical and haptic applications.

Kurze Biographie

Christian Hatzfeld received his diploma in precision engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, in 2008, and his doctorate degree with a dissertation about human force perception in 2013. His research interests include the design of task-specific haptic systems for medical applications, psychophysics, and systematic consideration of haptic perception in design methods. He is editor of the comprehensive handbook ”Engineering Haptic Devices” published by Springer in 2014 and was a member of the standardization committee for ergonomics of information interfaces of the German Standardization Institute (DIN) from 2013 to 2017.


  • Flexmin -Flexibilitätserweiterung für die minimalinvasive Chirurgie (2011-2018, funded by German Research Foundation (grant no. WE 2308/13-2, PI Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Werthschützky)
  • Needle Tip Sensor for medical applications
  • Disruptive Manufacturing of miniaturized Force/Torque-Sensors

Abgeschlossene Projekte

  • HapCath – Haptischer Katheter für kardiologische Interventionen (2004 – 2017, funded by German Research Foundation (grant no. WE 2308/15-2) , PI Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Werthschützky)
  • Optimierte Entwurfsverfahren für haptische Systeme unter Berücksichtigung von Wahrnehmungs- und Ergonomie-Aspekten (2014 – 2016, funded by German Research Foundation (grant no. HA7164/1-1), „Eigene Stelle“)
  • ErFAssBAr? – Ergonomische Funktionsanalyse sicherer haptischer Bedienelemente für kritische Anwendungsbereiche (2014 – 2015, funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant no. 16SV6367), cooporation with Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft, TU Darmstadt)
  • Adaptive Engine Mount (2010-2012, funded by Hessian State Government, LOEWE-Center AdRIA, Section Sensors and Actuators)
  • Messtechnische Analyse der menschlichen Kraftwahrnehmung zur Optimierung des Entwurfs haptischer Mensch-Maschine Schnittstellen (2008 – 2010, funded by German Research Foundation (grant no. WE2308/7-1), PI Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Werthschützky)



Ausgewählte Kapitel der Mess- und Sensortechnik


Betreute Abschlussarbeiten

  • A. K. Sacakli, ''Design and implementation of a bilateral teleoperation system'', Master's thesis, 2018 (in progress).
  • A. Gräfe, ''Acceleration measurement for provision of tactile feedback for a surgical robot'', Bachelor's thesis, 2018 (in progress).
  • M. U. Saleem, ''Flash-based Physical Unclonable Funtioncs (PUFs) using Commercial Of-The-State (COTs) NAND Flash Memory'', Master's thesis, 2018.
  • A. Hubracht, ''Regulatory Conformity of the FLEXMIN surgical robot system'', Bachelor's thesis, 2017.
  • E. F. Bräuer, ''Cardiological training setup for CTO interventions'', Bachelor's thesis, 2017.
  • Z. Jiang, ''Development and Characterization of an automatic positioning system with position tracking and detection of obstacles'', Bachelor's thesis, 2017.
  • R. Ma, ''Hybrid rate/position control with haptic feedback for mechanically constrained haptic interfaces'', Master's thesis, 2017 (cooperation with TUD – KOM).
  • N. Demircan, ''Grip force measurement for minimally invasive instruments'', Bachelor's thesis, 2017.
  • S. Wojcik, ''Pseudohaptic force display in gripping interactions'', Bachelor's thesis, 2017.
  • B. Sahbaz, ''Evaluation methods for sensorimotor capabilities'', Bachelor's thesis, 2017.
  • M. Riad, ''Automatic Placement of a hollow needle in soft tissue'', Bachelor's thesis, 2016.
  • S. Wismath, ''Development of a force sensor integrated in a hollow needle'', Bachelor's thesis, 2016 (cooperation with TU Hamburg-Harburg).
  • J. Bilz, ''Design of a Reconfigurable Joystick based on Magneto-rheological Elastomers'', Master's thesis, 2015 (cooperation with Fraunhofer ISC).
  • X. Dellangnol, ''Indoor Localization Based on Electric Potential Sensing'', Master's thesis, 2015 (cooperation with Fraunhofer IGD).
  • A. Pavlov, ''Recognition of Bed-Related Activities using Multimodal Sensing'', Master's thesis, 2015 (cooperation with Fraunhofer IGD).
  • V. Q. Hoang, ''Simulation-based Optimization of Psychometric Procedures'', Bachelor's thesis, 2015.
  • S. Dorsch, ''Analysis of the effect of surgical gloves on Human Haptic Perception'', Bachelor's thesis, 2015.
  • T. Fritzsche, ''Development of a Joystick with manipulable characteristics for the evaluation of intrinsic secure interaction schemes'', Bachelor's thesis, 2014.
  • I. Jallouli, ''Modelling of the mechanical user impedance'', Bachelor's thesis, 2014.
  • C. Schröder, ''Metrological characterization of the user dependent dispensing behaviour of high viscose fluids'', Diploma thesis, 2014 (cooperation with Procter & Gamble, Kronberg).
  • D. Muth, ''Selection of kinematic sensors for the quantification of haptic perception'', Bachelor's thesis, 2013.
  • A. Jäger, ''Tool for designing spring elements'', Diploma thesis, 2013.
  • T. Mielke, ''Development of a holding fixture to control contact forces between finger and finger rest during haptic perception measurements'', Bachelor's thesis, 2012.
  • A. Becker, ''Comparison of psychophysical procedures for the determination of perception parameters'', SA, 2011.
  • D. Pfeffer, ''Entwicklung und Aufbau einer Differenzgeschwindigkeitssensorik für aktive Lagerungen'', Diploma thesis, 2011.
  • F. Förster, ''Analysis of the quantitative influence of selected parameters on human haptic perception'', SA, 2010.
  • J. Decker, ''Entwicklung eines miniaturisierten Datenloggers für Elektrokleingeräte'', Diploma thesis, 2010 (cooperation with Procter & Gamble, Kronberg).