Understanding Human Hands, Grasping and Manipulation

Thursday, 10 March, 2016 -
11:30 to 12:30
Seminario TI-2112


Doctor Thomas Feix will give a talk about his last research with the title "Understanding Human Hands, Grasping and Manipulation".

He has given as the following information about his talk:

Even though human hands are of prime importance for humans, there are still many aspects of hand functionality poorly understood. Increasing our understanding in this area will help to build better prosthetic and robotic hands, haptic devices and allows improving hand rehabilitation.

In this talk I will present my review of human grasp classifications and the new taxonomy I derived based on this research. Based on this taxonomy, the real life frequencies of grasp types and their relationship with the grasped object and the task will be analyzed and presented. Moving away from pictorial descriptions of grasps, I will present a system that allows comparing the human finger motions with the motions of an artificial hand. Using this system, the capabilities of prosthetic and robotic hands can be assed very early in the design process.

Finally, I will briefly describe my current role at the adidas FUTURE team and our Speedfactory initiative.


Thomas Feix received the MSc degree in sports equipment technology from the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria, and the PhD degree from the Vienna University of Technology in 2011. From 2012 – 2015 he was postdoctoral associate with the GRAB Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. His research is focused on human grasping and manipulation, and its application to robotics and prosthetics.

Currently, Thomas Feix works at the adidas FUTURE team. The mission of the team is to develop new technologies and processes that will help to make better shoes/clothing or improve the manufacturing there