Markus Hessinger

Dipl.-Ing. Markus Hessinger


Merckstr. 25
64283 Darmstadt

Office: S3/06 109

+49 6151 16-23872



My research focuses on assistive exoskeletons with structurally integrated sensors for interaction with the user and environment. The main goal is to support movements of the upper limb of the human body with a robotic system to enhance precision, strength or range of motion. The specific research topics are:

  • Design and evaluation methods for multidimensional assistive robotic systems,
  • System-integrated mechanical sensors,
  • Hybrid position/force control of exoskeletons with user interaction recognition,
  • Miniaturized silicon strain gauge sensor packaging technology.

Short Biography

Assistive exoskeleton presentation at the Accenture Future Camp opening in June 2016 at campus Kronberg, Germany. Image source: Accenture
Assistive exoskeleton presentation at the Accenture Future Camp opening in June 2016 at campus Kronberg, Germany. Image source: Accenture

Markus Hessinger received his diploma in automation 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.


  • ComPLEx – Konkurrierend-kooperative Einflussnahme von Mensch und Exskelett auf ein kollektives Werkzeug (2017 – 2018, funded by Technische Universität Darmstadt – FiF, cooporation with FAI, TU Darmstadt)
  • InViFoSens – Bestimmung von Gewebeeigenschaften und physikalischen Kräften im menschlichen Körper (2015 – 2016, funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant no. 16SV7200K), cooporation with ISTT, HTWK Leipzig)
  • BORESCOPE – Bionisches Exoskelett für die orthopädische Chirurgie (2012-2014, funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant no. 16SV5773K), cooporation with ZITI, Uni Heidelberg)

External Research

  • International research excange at Biomechanical Systems Lab, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, in 2011 (9 months). Thesis: Design of an Active Resistance Motion Controller for a Hand Rehabilitation Device
  • External diploma thesis at Simulation, Systems Optimization and Robotics Group, Department of Computer Science, TU Darmstadt, in 2012. Thesis: Simulation and Evaluation of Biomechanical Muscle Models


Elektromechanical Systems

Supervised Theses

  • N. Schäfer, ''Teleoperation of a 7 DOF robot with variable impedance'', Master's thesis, 2018.
  • L. Bielenberg, ''Automated needle injection in soft tissue with a 7-axis robotic system'', Bachelor's thesis, 2018.
  • M. Luff, ''Evaluation of control methods for assistive exoskeletons with user interaction in joint space'', Master's thesis, 2018.
  • K. Schweikert, ''Non-contact gripping with a robotic arm using acoustic levitation'', Bachelor's thesis, 2017.
  • M. Stürmer, ''Analysis of electromechanical measurement parameters of the arm for human-robot collaboration'', Bachelor's thesis, 2017.
  • E. Christmann, ''Modular electronic platform for situation-dependent control of exoskeletons'', Master's thesis, 2017.
  • A. Buchta, ''Joint and operational space position tracking of exoskeletons with IMUs'', Master's thesis, 2017.
  • W. Yang, ''Sensor packaging for miniaturized silicon strain gauges'', Master's thesis, 2017.
  • M. Pingsmann, ''Evaluation of control methods for positioning tasks of exoskeletons'', Master's thesis, 2016.
  • N. Faul, ''Dynamic modelling of serial manipulators with user interaction'', Bachelor's thesis, 2016.
  • J. Krenzer, ''Design of a modular kinematical structure for active actuated exoskeletons'', Master's thesis, 2015.
  • S. Rudolph, ''Development of a remote data logger for vehicle fleet monitoring and customer data collection in traction mode on public and test facilities'', Master's thesis, 2015.
  • S. Thomas, ''Real-time navigation procedure for robot-assisted surgery'', Master's thesis, 2015.
  • M. Ecer, ''Model-based controller design for dynamic position control of serial elastic string actuators'', Bachelor's thesis, 2014.
  • A. Buchta, ''Development of a mechatronic systems for interference reduction between RGB-D cameras'', Bachelor's thesis, 2014 (cooperation with TUD – SIM).
  • T. Zhang, ''Development of a test bench for long-term measurements of serial elastic string actuators'', Master's thesis, 2014 (cooperation with TUD – M+EMS).
  • M. Fischer, ''Simulation and construction of a kinematical structure for active assistance of the human wrist'', Master's thesis, 2014.
  • A. Müller, ''Development of a 3 DOF exoskeleton for active support of the human shoulder joint'', Bachelor's thesis, 2013.
  • K. Peier, ''Development of a navigation system for optical tracking with active markers'', SA, 2013.