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.ac.be

Skype: My status

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. 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. Since October 2011, I am also 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 am member of the Young Academy of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. My research interests includes cognitive and physical human robot interaction, robot assisted therapy, humanoids and rehabilitation robotics with core technology of using variable impedance actuators (see here for overview).


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

Order STAR book

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 will launched in September 2008. More info. There is also the free book Lego NXT Binnenstebuiten

ISBN: 9789059320000
Price: 15.95 euro

Order robotbook "Robots Binnenstebuiten"

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.



  • Best Poster award ICSR2013 - Systems overview of Ono, 5th Int Conf on Social Robotics, Bristol, UK.
  • Finalist science communication award 2013 Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
  • Best IROS 2012 Jubilee Video Award video on Variable Impedance Actuators: Moving the robots of tomorrow watch video here
  • Winner Campus Party Science Forum 2010 with The AMPfoot: An Ankle Mimicking Prosthetic Foot
  • Finalist Euron Georges Giralt PhD Award 2009
  • Best Paper Award
    Modeling Hysteresis in Pleated Pneumatic Artificial Muscles
    Michael Van Damme, Pieter Beyl, Bram Vanderborght, Ronald Van Ham, Innes Vanderniepen, Rino Versluys, Frank Daerden, Dirk Lefeber
    IEEE International Conferences on Cybernetics & Intelligent Systems (CIS) and Robotics, Automation & Mechatronics (RAM), September 21 - 24, 2008, Chengdu, China
  • Best Paper Award
    Efficient-walking with ankle actuation: learning from biomechanics
    Rino Versluys, Bram Vanderborght, Ronald Van Ham, Pieter Beyl, Pierre Cherelle, Dirk Lefeber
    CLAWAR 2008 - 11th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, September 8 - 10, 2008, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Finalist The Robotdalen Scientific Award 2007
  • Best Conference Paper Award
    Mobility of Humanoid Robots: Stepping over Large Obstacles Dynamically
    Bjorn Verrelst, Kazuhito Yokoi, Olivier Stasse, Hitoshi Arisumi, and Bram Vanderborght
    International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA, LuoYang - Henan, China, June 25-28, 2006, pp 1072-1079
  • Finalist for the Best Video Conference Award
    Integrating vision and walking to increase humanoid autonomy
    Olivier Stasse, Bjorn Verrelst, Andrew J Davison, Nicolas Mansard, Bram Vanderborght, Claudia Esteves, Francois Saidi, Kazuhito Yokoi
    IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, ICRA'07, Roma, Italia, April 2007, pages 2272-2273 (video session)
  • Finalist Altran Foundation Award 2005 "Overcoming social exclusion through scientific and technological innovation" with our project ALTACRO - Helping people walk again

Science Popularization

  • Organisation RoboCup Junior Belgium , see video for more information (in Dutch)
  • Jury member Cansat . A CanSat is a type of miniaturized satellite and is a contest for youngsters.


Please go to my You Tube video page to watch my videos. This site contains videos of my work (Lucy and HRP-2) as well as a lot of videos of other famous robots.


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