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Aachen DIH Center for Robotics in Healthcare

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Contact Data

Coordinator (University)

Center for Robotics in Healthcare

Coordinator website

Year Established



Pauwelsstraße 30, 52074, Aachen (Germany)


Contact information

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Rolf Rossaint



The Center for Robotics in Healthcare is the central one-stop-shop for enterprises, researchers or clinicians, who would like to engage in the field of healthcare robotics and are looking for support and partners to develop innovative ideas into products. Serving as the main entry gate to the regional Digital Innovation Hub, the CRH connects interested parties with the right institutions within the extensive and deeply rooted technological network in Aachen and the EUREGIO region.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are linked with the "Digital Agenda" of the Federal Republic of Germany. Amongst efforts considering the fourth industrial revolution towards intelligent and flexible production (, it also aims at bringing technology to people (  

Market and Services


  • Life sciences & healthcare

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Commercial infrastructure
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Leveraging the holding system "EndoTAIX" from scientific development to ready-to -market

For one of SurgiTAIX AG's products, the holding system "EndoTAIX" for surgical instrument fixation, the SurgiTAIX AG cooperated very closely with the RWTH University's Helmholtz institute. The services provided comprised the complete first phase of scientific development. Besides, after the first concepts of the holding system took shape, a prototype was successfully build in the scope of a feasibility study. In the role regarding the self-conception as a transfer service provider offering services itself, the SurgiTAIX AG refined the technology to market level and successfully performed all the steps necessary within the process to the approval and certification of the product. Afterwards, the product was delivered to another vendor with SurgiTAIX AG carrying out the production process as an OEM.

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Development of a self-adapting robotic rehabilitation system

Based on the expertise of different partners of the hub, DIERS International GmbH (SME) was enabled to develop a self-adapting robotic rehabilitation system that allows patients after stroke to relearn motion patterns autonomously. The particular challenge of this cooperation was to adjust the robot to the individual and actual needs of the patient at any particular time of the exercise. Therefore, different sensors have been utilized to detect the actual movement performance of the patient. Feature extraction algorithms have been developed to identify the actual needs of the individual patient and intelligent predicting control algorithms enable the robot to independently adapt the movement task to the needs of the patient. These challenges could be solved only by the services provided by different partners of the hub which include the transfer of the newly developed technologies, access to patient data, acquisition of knowledge and demands from healthcare personal and coordinating the application for public funding.

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Establishment of a robotic couch lab and test facility for radiotherapy

With the help of services provided by different partners of the hub, the robotic integrator SME BEC GmbH was given the opportunity to enhance their robotic patient positioning device "ExaMove" to allow for compensation of lung tumor movements during free breathing. The provided services solved the need to establish a test facility within the intended environment (the radiotherapy department) and provided the transfer of necessary innovative technologies such as new sensors and intelligent automatic control algorithms. Furthermore, the provided services included the coordination of the consortium, identifying, preparing and coordinating the application for public funding, provision of access to the hospital’s infrastructure and the acquisition of knowledge and demands from healthcare personal.

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Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources


RWTH Aachen University

Partner Type



RWTH Aachen University Hospital

Partner Type




  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Interaction technologies
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Laser based manufacturing
Last updated: 25/07/18 06:47