Dr.-Ing. Christian Hatzfeld

Group Leader Haptic Systems

Merckstraße 25
64283 Darmstadt
Room S3/06 135

phone: +49 6151 16-23884

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My research focuses on design and development methods of task-specific haptic systems. My special interest is the consideration of properties of human haptic perception in order to reduce the requirements in the system design. Research topics are:

  • Design and evaluation methods for task-specific haptic systems
  • Optimization of psychophyical methods to characterize human haptic perception
  • Medical and User Interface Applications

Please see the Haptic Systems Group page for further information about our projects.

Current Projects

  • Optimierte Entwurfsverfahren für haptische Systeme unter Berücksichtigung von Wahrnehmungs- und Ergonomie-Aspekten
    (2014 - 2016, funded by German Research Foundation (grant no. HA7164/1-1), "Eigene Stelle")
  • HapCath - Haptischer Katheter für kardiologische Interventionen
    (2004 - 2017, funded by German Research Foundation (grant no. WE 2308/15-2) , PI Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Werthschützky)
  • Flexmin -Flexibilitätserweiterung für die minimalinvasive Chirurgie
    (2011-2017, fundet by German Research Foundation (grant no. WE 2308/13-2, PI Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Werthschützky)

Completed projects

  • ErFAssBAr? - Ergonomische Funktionsanalyse sicherer haptischer Bedienelemente für kritische Anwendungsbereiche
    (2014 - 2015, funded by German Federal Ministry of Education  and Research (grant no. 16SV6367), cooporation with Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft, TU Darmstadt)
  • Adaptive Engine Mount
    (2010-2012, funded by Hessian State Government, LOEWE-Center AdRIA, Section Sensors and Actuators)
  • Messtechnische Analyse der menschlichen Kraftwahrnehmung zur Optimierung des Entwurfs haptischer Mensch-Maschine Schnittstellen
    (2008 - 2010, funded by German Research Foundation (grant no. WE2308/7-1), PI Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Werthschützky)

Short Biography

Christian Hatzfeld received his diploma in precision engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, in 2008, and his doctorate degree with a dissertation about human force perception in 2013. His research interests include
the design of task-specific haptic systems for medical applications, psychophysics, and systematic consideration of haptic perception in design methods.

He is editor of the comprehensive handbook ”Engineering Haptic Devices” published by Springer in 2014 and member of the standardization committee for ergonomics of information interfaces of the German Standardization Institute (DIN).

Selected Publications

A full publication list can be found on the bibliography server of TU Darmstadt. Conference presentations and posters are uploaded to my Researchgate profile.

  • Neupert, C. ; Matich, S. ; Scherping, N. ; Kupnik, M. ; Werthschutzky, R. ; Hatzfeld, C.:
    Pseudo-Haptic Feedback in Teleoperation
    In: IEEE Transactions on Haptics, PP (99) p. 1. ISSN 1939-1412, (2016)
  • Hatzfeld, Christian ; Cao, Siran ; Kupnik, Mario ; Wertschützky, Roland:
    Vibrotactile Force Perception - Absolute and Differential Thresholds and External Influences
    In: IEEE Transactions on Haptics, PP (99) p. 1. ISSN 1939-1412, (2016)
  • Grosse-Puppendahl, Tobias ; Dellangnol, Xavier ; Hatzfeld, Christian ; Fu, Biying ; Kupnik, Mario ; Kuijper, Arjan ; Hastall, Matthias R. ; Scott, James ; Gruteser, Marco :
    Platypus: Indoor Localization and Identification Through Sensing of Electric Potential Changes in Human Bodies.
    In: MobiSys '16, Singapore, (2016)
  • Hatzfeld, Christian ; Kupnik, Mario ; Werthschützky, Roland:
    Performance Simulation of Unforced Choice Paradigms in Parametric Psychometric Procedures
    In: IEEE WorldHaptics Conference, 22. - 26. Jun 2015, Chicago, IL, (2015)
  • Hatzfeld, Christian ; Kern, Thorsten Alexander (Eds.):
    Engineering Haptic Devices
    Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems. Springer, London, ISBN 978-1-4471- 6517-0, (2014)
  • Groche, Peter ; Ibis, Mesut ; Hatzfeld, Christian ; Stöckigt, Annemie ; Gerlitzky, Christiane:
    Economic production of load-bearing sheet metal parts with printed strain gages by combining forming and screen printing
    In: International Journal of Material Forming, Springer Verlag, Paris, (2014)

 Presentations and Seminars

  • Perception-based Evaluation Methods for Haptic Systems
  • Haptic Interaction in Technical Systems

Teaching / Lehre

  • Ausgewählte Kapitel der Mess- und Sensortechnik
  • Messtechnik (Übung)

Open Theses

The following subjects are possible topics for bachelor and master thesis. Please feel free to contact me with different interests and suggestions for other topics.

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Running and completed heses

  • Marco Degünther: CTO-model for a training setup for interventional cardiology (running)
  • Matteo Riad: Automatic Placement of a hollow needle in soft tissue (running)
  • Sonja Wismath: Development of a force sensor integrated in a hollow needle (running)
  • Johannes Bilz: Aufbau eines rekonfigurierbaren Joysticks auf Basis von magneto-rheologischen Elastomeren (2015, cooperation with Fraunhofer ISC)
  • Xavier Dellangnol: Indoor Localization Based on Electric Potential Sensing (2015, cooperation with Fraunhofer IGD)
  • Alexander Pavlov: Erkennung von Aufstehsituationen mit multimodaler Sensorik (2015, cooperation with Fraunhofer IGD)
  • Viet Quoc Hoang: Simulation-based Optimization of Psychometric Procedures (2015)
  • Sarah Dorsch: Analysis of the effect of surgical gloves on Human Haptic Perception (2015)
  • Tobias Fritzsche: Development of a Joystick with manipulable characteristics for the evaluation of intrinsic secure interaction schemes (2014)
  • Ismaeel Jallouli: Modelling of the mechanical user impedance (2014)
  • Christian Schröder: Metrological characterization of the user dependent dispensing behaviour of high viscose fluids (2014, cooperation with Procter & Gamble, Kronberg)
  • Dominik Muth: Selection of kinematic sensors for the quantification of haptic perception (2013)
  • Axel Jäger: Werkzeug für den Entwurf von Federelementen (2013)
  • Thomas Mielke: Development of a holding fixture to control contact forces between finger and finger rest during haptic perception measurements (2012)
  • Alexander Becker: Vergleich psychophysikalischer Methodenzur Ermittlung von Wahrnehmungskennwerten (2011)
  • Daniel Pfeffer: Entwicklung und Aufbau einer Differenzgeschwindigkeitssensorik für aktive Lagerungen (2011)
  • Florentine Förster: Analysis of the quantitative influence of selected parameters on human haptic perception (2010)
  • Jona Decker: Entwicklung eines miniaturisierten Datenloggers für Elektrokleingeräte (2010, cooperation with Procter & Gamble, Kronberg)

Published theses can be found on tubiblio (search for author name).


Technische Universität Darmstadt

Institute of Electromechanical Design

Measurement and sensor technology

Dr.-Ing. Christian Hatzfeld

S3/06 135
Merckstraße 25
64283 Darmstadt

+49 6151 16-23884
+49 6151 16-23852

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