Sandra Hirche Dissertation Proposal Example

The research activities of Prof. Hirche center on control engineering and system theory with particular emphasis on large distributed, networked and intelligent cooperative systems. The methods developed through this research can be used in robotics, human-machine systems, telepresence, infrastructure systems, power distribution networks and communication networks.

Prof. Hirche studied aerospace engineering at TU Berlin and obtained her doctorate at TUM (2005). She did postdoctoral research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo (2005-2007). Since 2008, she has been associate professor of information-oriented control at TUM. She has held that same chair since 2013. Prof. Hirche is a senior member of the IEEE and an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2011).

  • Best Paper Award der IEEE Worldhaptics conference (2009)
  • Best Paper Award der Zeitschrift at - Automatisierungstechnik (2006)
  • Rohde & Schwarz Preis für die Dissertation (2006)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award der Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2005-2007)
  • Best Poster Award des 16. IFAC World Congress (2005)

Key Publications (all publications)

Hirche S et al.: "Human-oriented Control for Haptic Teleoperation". Proceedings of the IEEE (to appear 2011).

Molin A, Hirche S: “Structural characterization of optimal event-based controllers for linear stochastic systems”. Proc. of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. 2010, 3227-3233.


Hirche S, Matiakis T, Buss M: “A Distributed Controller Approach for Delay- Independent Stability of Networked Control Systems”. automatica. 2009; 45(8): 1828-1836.


Hirche S, Buss M: “Human Perceived Transparency with Time Delay”. Advances in Telerobotics. 2007; 31: 191-209.


Steinbach E, Hirche S,  Kammerl J,  Vittorias I, Chaudhari: “Haptic data compression and communication for telepresence and teleaction,” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. 2011; 28(1): 87-96.


Research focus: Haptic telepresence systems control, modelling of human perception and motor performance for control design, human-robot cooperation in joint manipulation tasks, networked dynamical and distributed systems

Key words: Sensorimotor research, engineering

Graduated GSN students:Dr. Tamara Lorenz

Selected publications:

Steinbach E, Hirche S, Ernst M, Brandi F, Chaudhari R, Kammerl J and Vittorias I. (2012) Haptic communications. Proceedings of the IEEE 100 (4): 937-956, doi: 10.1109/JPROC.2011.2182100.

Mörtl A, Lorenz T, Vlaskamp B, Gusrialdi A, Schubö A and Hirche S. (2012) Modeling inter-human movement coordination: synchronization governs joint task dynamics. Biological Cybernetics 106(4): 241-259.

Chen C-C, Wu H, Kühnlenz K and Hirche S. (2011) Switching Control for a Networked Vision-based Control System. Automatisierungstechnik 59: 124-133.

Liu J, Benigni A, Obradovic D, Hirche S and Monti A. (2011), State Estimation and Branch Current Learning Using Independent Local Kalman Filter With Virtual Disturbance Model. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation an Measurement 60(9): 3026-3034.

Kammerl J, Vittorias I, Nitsch V, Faerber B, Steinbach E and Hirche S. (2010) Perception-based Data Reduction for Haptic Force-feedback Signals using Adaptive Deadbands. PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 19(5): 450-462, MIT Press Journals.


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