International Collaborative Robots Workshop
Biography for Bjöern Matthias, ABB
After studying physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and obtaining his PhD in experimental particle physics at Yale University in 1990, Bjöern Matthias spent just over three years as a post-doc at the University of Heidelberg, doing research on spectroscopy of exotic atoms and on rare decays. In 1994, he joined ABB Corporate Research in Germany, working in the area of computational design and simulation of power electrical systems and electrostatic paint application.
Since 2001, Bjöern has been working on safety for industrial robots and humanrobot collaboration. His present research is focused on collaborative small-parts assembly, safety-related design of collaborative robots, and the ergonomics of the collaborative workplace. Bjöern is active in national and international (ISO) committees for robot safety standardization. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the European robotics interest group euRobotics aisbl, which works with the European Commission on establishing R&D&I priorities for Europe.