Research and Transfer

Research News

Soft Robots – Safe Interaction by Compliance

Conventional robotic applications typically require high forces and high accuracy, while for new robotic applications flexibility and minimization of risk potential are more important. This can be achieved with soft robots. At the Institute of Mechanics and Ocean Engineering we are developing sensorized soft grippers and control methods for soft robots.



Research @ TUHH


The TUHH is a young and dynamic technical university with around 100 professors and 7,800 students. It is anchored in excellent basic and applied research and thus radiates into the Hamburg metropolitan region and beyond.

In many national and international research networks, our scientists create the basis for answers to technological and social challenges with new basic knowledge, or contribute directly to new solutions with engineering applications.

Based on the realisation that innovations and new approaches to solutions often emerge at the boundary between disciplines, the research structure of TUHH is designed to promote interdisciplinary cooperation among scientists. For this reason, the structure is not dictated by faculties or departments, but instead research is organised into five research fields. The research fields address important scientific, social and particularly relevant topics for Hamburg.

Within these research fields, further substructures support a lively and differentiated research environment.

The TUHH sees itself as an engine of innovation. It actively promotes dialogue between companies and scientists, especially in the Hamburg metropolitan region. Knowledge transfer to industry, business and civil society are important elements in TUHH's actions, as is the support of start-ups. Long-established institutions and structures such as Tutech Innovation GmbH, the Startup Dock, Hamburg Open Science just to mention some, support these endeavours.

I invite you to take a virtual tour trhrough the research enivironment of TUHH. For further information, please feel free to contact our team.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Irina Smirnova

Vice President for Research

TUHH Research Fields

The research topics of TU Hamburg are bundled in five interdisciplinary research fields.
Within these research fields, further substructures support a lively and differentiated research environment.

Advanced Materials & (Bio) Processes

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Aviation & Maritime Systems

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Environmental & Energy Systems

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Cyber Physical & Medical Systems

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Logistics, Mobility & Infrastructure

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Methods of Research in Science and Engineering

In addition to the application-related research fields, the development of scientific methods is a priority in many areas of the TUHH.


Societal & Economic Impact

The results and processes of university research are also measured by their influence on the economy and society.

This section presents research topics of particular relevance to society, fields of activity, events as well as TUHH projects and cooperations with industrial partners.

Head of Team Research and Transfer

Vice President Research

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Irina Smirnova

Tel.: +49 40 428 78 30 40

Email: vpf(at)tuhh(dot)de

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