Heike Vallery has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Award
Heike Vallery, professor Human Motor Augmentation at the department of BioMechanical Engineering, has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Award. Vallery was nominated for Germany's most highly endowed research award by RWTH Aachen. This award, worth 5 million euros, also means that Vallery will receive an appointment at RWTH Aachen. However, Vallery will remain affiliated with TU Delft with a part-time appointment at the 3mE faculty.
Theun Baller: “We are proud to have enabled this exceptional talent to grow. We hope to maintain our strong ties with Vallery, keep her affiliated with TU Delft and enhance our partnership with RWTH.”
Heike Vallery: “I am extremely grateful to TU Delft for enabling and supporting my career up to this point, and I am looking forward to strengthening the relationship between the two IDEA League universities in Delft and Aachen.”
Over the past 10 years at TU Delft, Vallery conducted highly successful research on robotic technology to support human gait and balance, leading to publications in prestigious scientific journals and also multiple products on the market, such as the RYSEN rehabilitation robot. The AvH award now enables her to continue and boost her research career at RWTH Aachen.
Read more about Heike Vallery’s research: Understanding human-robot interaction critical in design of rehabilitation systems
The Humboldt Professorship is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany. It enables the holder to conduct forward-thinking, long-term research at universities and research institutions in Germany and makes a sustainable contribution to this country’s ability to compete internationally as a research hub. Since 2008, up to ten Humboldt Professorships have been granted every year as part of the International Research Fund for Germany. Read more about the Humboldt Professorship.