About Delft Biorobotics Laboratory

Mission statement, contact information and our history


With bio-robotics we mean robots with biologically inspired designs and/or biology-related applications, for example bipedal walking machines and robotic arms for rehabilitation. With the term bio-robotics we want to oppose conventional industrial robotics, which often heavily rely on control algorithms, stiff and heavy structures, and high-power actuators.

We believe that the challenge of robotics of the future lies in safe human-robot interaction. This implies a totally different set of design requirements than for robots for the structured factory environment. Not necessarily high speeds and position accuracy, but rather sensitivity ("tenderness") and compliance. Such requirements motivate us to study biology, not only as the environment that the robot must interact with, but also as a source of design inspiration. Are not the autonomous systems of mother nature the best designs ever?

Mission statement

To develop novel, safe, and efficient robotic systems by looking at biology as a source of design inspiration and as the environment for interaction.

Contact information

Postal and visiting address

Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

Department of BioMechanical Engineering

Delft BioRobotics Lab
Mekelweg 2
2628CD Delft
The Netherlands


Delft Biorobotics Laboratory was founded in 1996 by Richard van der Linde.
Read more about the DBL history.

Name author: Martijn Wisse
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