Dipl. Ing Jürgen Hielscher

Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Hielscher


Merckstr. 25
64283 Darmstadt

Raum: S3/06 109

+49 6151 16-23872



Exoskeletons and orthoses for the lower limbs with focus on the sensor system are my main research interests. The goal is to reliably and robustly estimate the user’s intention and the desired level of support. Specific research topics are:

  • System-integrated sensors with focus on 3DOF ground reaction forces and muscle activity,
  • Sensor fusion for biomechanical data analysis (joint angles, joint torques),
  • Machine learning concepts for intention and situation detection,
  • Effects of vibration on human balance.

Kurze Biographie

Jürgen Hielscher received his diploma in precision engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, in 2012. He is currently working toward the doctorate degree in the same department. Among others, his research activities involve design and control of multidimensional assistive robotic systems and miniaturized mechanical sensors.


  • Powered Knee-Ankle-Foot-Orthosis (2010-2016, funded by German Research Foundation, grant no. WE 2308/15-1 and 15-2, PI Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Werthschützky)



Elektromechanische Systeme

Betreute Abschlussarbeiten

  • V. Bock, ''Effect of Mechanical Vibrations on Human Balance'', Master's thesis, 2018 (in progress).
  • I. Blum, ''Sensor system for assessing human balance'', Bachelor's thesis, 2018.
  • M. Moeller, ''Influence of mechanical vibration on human balance'', Bachelor's thesis, 2018.
  • P. Mattfeldt, ''Machine learning for situation detection of an active knee-ankle-foot-orthosis'', Master's thesis, 2018.
  • K. C. Saary, ''Muscle activity based knee torque estimation'', Bachelor's thesis, 2018.
  • Proof of concept: Machine Learning for Situation Detection in Assistive Devices, 2018
  • F. Bauer, ''Evaluation of muscle activity sensors in a knee-ankle-foot-orthosis'', Bachelor's thesis, 2017.
  • R. Stiehle, '' Analysis of extrinsic conductive polymers for the derivation of design guidelines to manufacture force sensors utilizing the FLM-method'', Master's thesis, 2016.
  • S. Elgner, ''Strain gauge preparation by laser-patterning of metallized foils'', Bachelor's thesis, 2015.
  • N. Koch, ''Sensor system for measuring muscular activity in the thigh of probands wearing a knee-ankle-foot-orthosis'', Bachelor's thesis, 2014.
  • A. Yamazaki, ''Development of a sensor to measure the tensile force in a serial elastic string actuator'', Bachelor's thesis, 2014.
  • D. Foik, ''Optimization of a force sensor with thin film technology used in the oral cavity to detect the jaw position by position and force measurement'', Master's thesis, 2014.