Technische Universität München Robotics and Embedded Systems

Dr.-Ing. Daniel Renjewski


Akademischer Rat / acting coordinator of master's course Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence (RCI)

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Dr.-Ing. Daniel Renjewski

Curriculum Vitæ

Daniel joined the Robotics and Embedded systems group as an academic director in 2015. He has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Biorobotics Laboratory, at EPFL in Switzerland, working on neuro-muscular control of powered exoskeletons for gait rehabilitation and restoration in paraplegics, and a Postdoctoral fellow at the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory, at Oregon State University (2012-2014), working on control of a bipedal robot exploiting passive dynamics. He received his Diploma in Engineering degree in biomechatronics (Dipl.-Ing.), and his doctorate in engineering (Dr.-Ing.), from Ilmenau University of Technology in 2007, and 2012 respectively. He has been a researcher at the Lauflabor Locomotion Laboratory, then at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena now at TU Darmstadt.

His research interests include human gait biomechanics, legged robotics and exoskeletons, and bioinspired control for legged locomotion.

Thesis topics / HiWi positions

If you are interested, please contact me by e-mail.

Supervised theses

Fabian Schurig, Multi-mode steering concepts for self-driving bicycles, 2017, Bachelor's thesis in Computer Science


[1] Florin Dzeladini, Amy R Wu, Daniel Renjewski, Arash Arami, Etienne Burdet, Edwin van Asseldonk, Herman van der Kooij, and Auke J Ijspeert. Effects of a neuromuscular controller on a powered ankle exoskeleton during human walking. In Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), 2016 6th IEEE International Conference on, pages 617-622. IEEE, 2016. [ .bib ]
[2] Christian Hubicki, Jesse Grimes, Mikhail Jones, Daniel Renjewski, Alexander Spröwitz, Andy Abate, and Jonathan Hurst. Atrias: Design and validation of a tether-free 3d-capable spring-mass bipedal robot. International Journal of Robotics Research, accepted, 2016. [ .bib ]
[3] D. Renjewski, A. Sprowitz, A. Peekema, M. Jones, and J. Hurst. Exciting engineered passive dynamics in a bipedal robot. Robotics, IEEE Transactions on, 31(5):1244-1251, October 2015. [ DOI | .bib ]
[4] Susanne W Lipfert, Michael Günther, Daniel Renjewski, and André Seyfarth. Impulsive ankle push-off powers leg swing in human walking. The Journal of experimental biology, 217(8):1218-1228, 2014. [ .bib | .pdf ]
[5] Aleksandra V. Birn-Jeffery, Christian M. Hubicki, Yvonne Blum, Daniel Renjewski, Jonathan W. Hurst, and Monica A. Daley. Don't break a leg: running birds from quail to ostrich prioritise leg safety and economy on uneven terrain. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 217(21):3786-3796, 2014. [ .bib | .pdf ]
[6] Daniel Renjewski, Alexander Spröwitz, and Jonathan Hurst. Atrias-a human size compliant bipedal robot walks efficiently. In Dynamic Walking, 2013. [ .bib | .pdf ]
[7] Andrew Peekema, Daniel Renjewski, and Jonathan Hurst. Open-source real-time robot operation and control system for highly dynamic, modular machines. In ASME IDETC, 2013. [ .bib ]
[8] Susanne W Lipfert, Michael Günther, Daniel Renjewski, Sten Grimmer, and André Seyfarth. A model-experiment comparison of system dynamics for human walking and running. Journal of theoretical biology, 292:11-17, 2012. [ .bib ]
[9] Daniel Renjewski and André Seyfarth. Robots in human biomechanics - a study on ankle push-off in walking. Bioinspiration & biomimetics, 7(3):036005, 2012. [ .bib ]
[10] Daniel Renjewski. Robotic spring-mass walkers-potential and limitations. In Dynamic Walking, 2012. [ .bib | .pdf ]
[11] Daniel Renjewski. An engineering contribution to human gait biomechanics. PhD thesis, TU Ilmenau, 2012. [ .bib ]
[12] Frank Peuker, Daniel Renjewski, Martin Groß, Sten Grimmer, and André Seyfarth. Involuntary morphosis-modular simulation of limb damage in quadrupeds. Proceedings of International Conference Dynamic Walking, 2011. [ .bib | .pdf ]
[13] Poramate Manoonpong, Tomas Kulvicius, Florentin Wörgötter, Lutz Kunze, Daniel Renjewski, and André Seyfarth. Compliant ankles and flat feet for improved self-stabilization and passive dynamics of the biped robot ”runbot“. In Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), 2011 11th IEEE-RAS International Conference on, pages 276-281. IEEE, 2011. [ .bib | .pdf ]
[14] Daniel Renjewski and André Seyfarth. How come a moving biped does not fall: The challenge to apply theoretical stability concepts. In US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2010. [ .bib | .pdf ]
[15] Daniel Renjewski, André Seyfarth, Poramate Manoonpong, and Florentin Wörgötter. The development of a biomechanical leg system and its neural control. In ROBIO, pages 1894-1899, 2009. [ .bib | .pdf ]
[16] Daniel Renjewski, André Seyfarth, Poramate Manoonpong, and Florentin Wörgötter. From biomechanical concepts towards fast and robust robots. Advances in Mobile Robotics: Proc. of 11th CLAWAR, L. Marques, A. Almeida, M. Tokhi, and GE Virk, Eds. World Scientific, pages 630-637, 2008. [ .bib | .pdf ]
[17] Daniel Renjewski, Susanne Lipfert, and André Seyfarth. Functional biomimetics towards fast and robust biped robots. In Dynamic Walking, 2008. [ .bib | .pdf ]