Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Prof. Dr. ir. Bram Vanderborght


Address Belgium:
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Building Z - Room ZW105b
Pleinlaan, 2
B-1050 Brussels

Mobile: +32 486 522 962

email: bram.vanderborght@vub.be

Prof. dr. ir. Bram Vanderborght was born in Belgium in 1980. I received the degree in the study of Mechanical Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2003 with highest distinction. Since 2003 I was researcher at the VUB, supported by the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO).
In May 2007 I received my PhD in Applied Sciences. The focus of my research was the use of adaptable compliance of pneumatic artificial muscles in the dynamically balanced biped Lucy. In May-June 2006 I performed research on the humanoids robot HRP-2 at the Joint Japanese/French Robotics Laboratory (JRL) in AIST, Tsukuba (Japan) in the research "Dynamically stepping over large obstacles by the humanoid robot HRP-2". I received a 3-year post-doc grant with mobility grant from the FWO. From October 2007-April 2010 I worked as post-doc researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova (Italy) on the humanoid robot iCub and compliant actuation.
Since October 2009, I am appointed as professor at the VUB where I teach mechatronics and give a robotics project. From October 2011-Sept 2016, I was research director at the Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy with a project on robot assisted therapy with ASD children and VUB-PI of the DREAM project. I received an ERC Starting Grant on Series-Parallel Elastic Actuation for Robotics (SPEAR). I was a member of the Young Academy of the Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

Currently I coordinate EU FET SHERO SHERO project and Marie Curie ITN SMART project. I am VUB-PI of EU project SOPHIA and EU project EURobin.

I was till 2020 the core lab manager of Flanders Make in Flexible Assembly, now I am affiliated to the Interuniversity Microelectronics Institute (imec), Belgium, as scientific collaborator. I am also member of Brubotics , the mulitdisciplinary research enter on Human robot interaction. I also co-lead the Homo Roboticus project on how to keep the human values central in a robotised world. I was till 2020 the Editor In Chief of IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, from 2022 I will be Vice President - Media Services Board of IEEE-RAS.
My research interests include the use of soft and self healing actuators for cognitive and physical human robot interaction in applications in health and manufacturing. Our work is on display in the AI Experience Center .


Dissertation available in STAR book

Bram Vanderborght is author of the book Dynamic Stabilisation of the Biped Lucy Powered by Actuators with Controllable Stiffness in the Springer series "STAR-Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics". More info on the Lucy project can be found on our Lucy site.

More info

ISBN: 978-3-642-13416-6
Price: 119,95 euro
2010. 307 p. 111 illus. in color. (Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, Vol. 63) Hardcover
Editors: Bruno Siciliano, Oussama Khatib, Frans Groen

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Author science popularizing book "Robots Binnenstebuiten" and "Kant en Klaar Plus - Robots"

Bram Vanderborght is author of the science popularizing book "Robots Binnenstebuiten" for children from 10 years. The book is written in Dutch and was launched in September 2008. More info. There is also the free book Lego NXT Binnenstebuiten

ISBN: 9789059320000
Price: 15.95 euro

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I am author of the book Kant en Klaar Plus - Robots for highly gifted children made in collaboration with prof. Tessa Kieboom, director Centre for the Study of Giftedness.


Bram Vanderborght was also one of the organizers and main editor of Homo Roboticus (book (Dutch + English), events (De Munt Brussels, Paris, New York), outreach on how to keep human values stand ground in a robotized world. Homo Roboticus Event. There is also the book Homo Roboticus

ISBN: 9789057188664
Price: € 29,95

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