Katja Mombaur

Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x40362
Location: E7 6448

Biography summary

Professor Katja Mombaur is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence. She is an expert on human-robot interaction, wearable and humanoid robots, and human motion analysis.

In the RoboHub, Professor Mombaur conducts research on developing robots with “motion intelligence,” a particular kind of AI that incorporates an understanding of human movement and anticipation of human actions. She also works with wearable and humanoid robots to determine how increasingly intelligent machines can operate safely and efficiently in a complex human world, and how they should behave in that world. She uses mathematical modelling to teach robots how to move and to design the best possible assisstive devices, such as exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs, for the elderly and disabled.

Research interests

  • human-robot interaction
  • wearable robots
  • rehabilitation robots
  • intelligent assistive devices
  • humanoid robots
  • human movement analysis
  • optimal control
  • model-based control
  • multibody systems modeling


  • 2001, Doctorate, Applied Mathematics (Dr. rer. nat.), Heidelberg University
  • 1995, Diploma (equivalent to Master's degree), Aerospace Engineering), University of Stuttgart


  • ME 780 - Special Topics in Mechatronics
    • Taught in 2022
  • SYDE 750 - Topics in Systems Modelling
    • Taught in 2021, 2022

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