Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Prof. Dr. ir. Tom Verstraten


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Building Z, Room ZW102
Pleinlaan , 2
B-1050 Brussels

Phone: +32 2 6291309
E-mail: Tom.Verstraten@vub.be

Tom Verstraten (1989) is a professor at the Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group (R&MM) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He received his Master in Electromechanical Engineering from the VUB in 2012 and his Ph.D. from the same institution in 2018. In between, he worked in industry for a year (Aquasystems International nv, a manufacturer of wastewater treatment equipment).
For his Master's thesis, he received the ie-net award for best Master's thesis in engineering. Furthermore, he was awarded fellowships of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) for both his doctoral and postdoctoral research. Tom also worked as a visiting researcher at TU Darmstadt (Germany) for a period of four months in 2017 and at the University of Tulsa (United States) for a period of eight months in 2018-19. For this research stay, he was awarded a Fulbright grant for visiting scholars. His research is focused on the study and development of energy-efficient actuators for applications with varying loads and speeds. Research interests include elastic actuators and redundant actuation.


Research keywords: Energy-efficiency, Compliant actuation, redundant actuation, mechanical drive systems, human-centered robotics



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