Largo Lucio Lazzarino, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Industriale DICI

Oliver Jorg

M.Sc. Industrial Engineering at Technical University of Darmstadt

I started my studies in Industrial Engineering in 2011 at the Technical University of Darmstadt. My strong passion for motion and dynamics led me to a tutoring position, teaching other students the fundamentals of mechanics. During my studies I spent two years abroad in Asia, mostly in China. In this challenging environment I worked for international companies in the Automotive Industry. I conducted versatile tasks in Production Planning, Management and Finance. In Germany I developed innovative solutions in technical projects. These include, but are not limited to, activities in the Formula Student Racing Team, the gliders club and the Fraunhofer LBF. In 2018 I graduated with honours. Currently, I am a PhD researcher in the Department of Industrial and Civil Engineering at the University of Pisa. My field of research focuses on the development of industrial grippers and robotic solution for automated production processes in Industry 4.0.


Grippers, Robotics, IoT, Digital Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Pretotyping, Kinematics, Transportation, Simulations Research topic: Grasping devices and methods play a central role in automated production. They perform tasks such as assembling, handling, separating, positioning and packaging of parts, components and final products in almost every industry. Recent needs are pushing automation towards multifunctional grippers capable to achieve a variety of operations. Within this PhD project different methods and principles will be employed to develop grippers with increased flexibility and shape adaptability, including the application of compliant mechanisms. The research approach further focuses on practical applicability and acceptability investigated through the methods of pretotyping. As gripper designs not only depend on object properties but also rely on previous and consecutive process phases, the research tends to industrial integrated robotic solutions with respect to IoT and Digital Manufacturing. Up-to-date real case problems will be continuously investigated in strong collaboration with industry partners. The cooperative work of operators and collaborating robots (cobots) will be especially emphasised.