Philipp Tempel is a postdoctoral research associate in continuum robtics at the Lab of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LS2N) at Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN). His research interests include flexible robots, multibody simulation, and mechanical integrators.

  • Manipulation of flexible bodies
  • Flexible, parallel robots
  • Multibody simulation
  • Mechanical integrators
  • Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) Parallel Robotics, 2019

    University of Stuttgart

  • Graduate Engineer (Dipl.-Ing.) Engineering Cybernetics, 2013

    University of Stuttgart


Postdoctoral Research Associate
Nov 2020 – Present Nantes, France
I am researching manipulation of flexible bodies through external devices such as robotic manipulators or drones.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Oct 2019 – Sep 2020 Delft, The Netherlands
My research project addresses the design and control of a cable-driven parallel robot for inspection and scanning of artwork. I am also supervising bachelor’s and master’s students on their graduation projects.



Manipulation of Soft Bodies by Multiples Drones

Aerial robots meet many industrial needs, but their gripping capacity, reduced to a metal clip, is not adapted to complex objects. The MAMBO project offers a new solution: a soft gripper, composed of a soft body that can withstand a large deformation and thus adapt to any object shape.

COSserat theory for SlEnder RObOTS – COSSEROOTS

Robotics is today experiencing a paradigmatic revolution. The “stiffer is better” of our rigid robots is challenged by a new generation of robots with controlled deformations of finite amplitudes. This is the case of trunk-robots in soft robotics, continuum robots in medical robotics or hyper-redundant eel/snake-robots in bio-inspired robotics.

Development of a Method and Strategy for On-Line Reconfiguration of Cable- Driven Parallel Robots as Handling Devices

Due to their parallel and modular structure, cable-driven parallel robots are very well suited for the implementation of a reconfiguration option. The term reconfiguration refers to the adaptation of the robot structure to a changed requirement.

Kinematic Modeling of Cable-Driven Parallel Robots with Unlimited Rotational Axis

Endless rotation about an axis is widespread among manipulators for industrial use. Manipulators, such as articulated robots, Delta, or SCARA robots, provide endless rotation about at least one axis to arbitrarily change the orientation of the workpiece handled.

Integrated Zero Defect Manufacturing Solution for High Value Adding Multi-Stage Manufacturing Systems

Advanced manufacturing companies are confronted with the challenge of managing product quality objectives while minimising resource utilisation and waste. Zero defect manufacturing (ZDM) represents a contemporary paradigm that goes beyond traditional six-sigma approaches, particularly within Europe’s highly technology-intensive and strategically important manufacturing sectors.

Development of a Hybrid System of Battery and Capacitor

In a project funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg, Fraunhofer IPA developed next-generation energy storage technologies. Together with industrial partners, materials and production processes were developed for asymmetric energy storage devices, so-called power caps, which combine the respective advantages of batteries and supercapacitors in a hybrid system.


in professional and other societies

IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Committee on Soft Robotics

since 9/2023


since 3/2018


since 3/2018

IEEE Young Professionals

since 1/2018

Wikimedia Germany e.V.

since 1/2018


Reviewer of 4 papers for.
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Reviewer of 3 articles.
Reviewer of 5 articles.
Unix Tools: Data, Software and Production Engineering
Learned the basics of data processing using most fundamental unix shell scripts.
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Reviewer of 13 papers for Mechanism and Machine Theory.
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Reviewer of 13 papers for Sensors, Robotics, Symmetry, Machines, Applied Sciences, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, Micromachines.
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Reviewer of 9 conference contributions to ICRA, IROS, AIM, SII.