Curriculum vitae

Katja Daniela Mombaur

Canada Excellence Research Chair in
Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence

Systems Design Engineering & Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering , Cross-appointed in Applied Mathematics

University of Waterloo

Professional appointments

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence, Full professor (tenure), University of Waterloo, since 03/2020
Faculty of Engineering, Departments: Systems Design Engineering & Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering,
Cross-appointed in Applied Mathematics

Chairholder “Optimization, Robotics and Biomechanics“, Institute of Computer Engineering (ZITI), Full professor (W3) Heidelberg University, 2017 – 02/2020
Head of robotics lab

Coordinator at Heidelberg Center of Motion Research, 2017 – 2020

Full Professor (W3) for Scientific Computing at Interdisiplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR), Heidelberg University, 2010 – 2017
Head of Research Group “Optimization in Robotics and Biomechanics“ and of Robotics Lab

Researcher at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, 2008 – 2010
Robotics Department RIA, Gepetto group of Dr. Jean-Paul Laumond, Project Locanthrope

Postdoc at IWR,  Heidelberg University, 
later Head of Robotics Lab and of Junior Research Group, 2002 – 2008
“Optimization in Robotics and Biomechanics” (part of  Simulation & Optimization Group of Prof. H. G. Bock)

Member of the Universitätsrat (University Council) of  Heidelberg University, 2006 – 2008

Postdoc at Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 2002 – 2002
Robotics Lab of Prof. F. C. Park

Research assistant at IWR, Heidelberg University, 1997 – 2002
Simulation & Optimization group of Prof. H. G. Bock  (full time employment, Ph.D.)

Systems Engineer and Technical Sales Representative IBM Germany, 1995 – 1997
IBM Global Services, Software and Consulting Services Optimization & Statistics


Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, 2001
(minors: Computer Science and Engineering Mechanics)
„Stability Optimization of Open-loop Controlled Walking Robots“, summa cum laude

Ph.D. Student at IWR, University of Heidelberg, 1997-2001
Member of IWR Research Training Group

Diploma Studies of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart (Dipl-Ing.), 1989-1995

Integrated Studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace
Toulouse, France („Sup’Aéro“, Grande Ecole groupe A), 1993-1994

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