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Felix von Drigalski

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Felix von Drigalski received a diploma in mechanical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the INSA Lyon in 2013. During his studies, he worked for six months in R&D at Thyssen-Krupp Airport Systems (China) Co. Ltd. with an ensuing patent. He worked at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Odaiba, Tokyo as a researcher until 2014, when he joined the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan, as a recipient of the MEXT scholarship. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Robotics Laboratory of the Graduate School of Information Science at NAIST. His research interests include autonomous robots, flexible object manipulation and materials.

Felix Von Drigalski, of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, introduces a versatile, open-source, two-finger gripper for textile manipulation that can sustain significant pushing loads in order to perform tucking tasks, using active perception.

Felix von Drigalski, leader for Team NAIST, spoke with Robohub about their robot design, unforeseen challenges, and working together to find a solution to prepare for the competition.