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IIP-ReActive Robotics
Munich, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior
Time Away: Summer Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
ReActive Robotics
About: ReActive Robotics is a startup company in the medical robotics field that develops robotics that provide early movement rehabilitation for patients after a neurological injury or an orthopedic surgery. Concretely, ReActive Robotics is building a robot that can attach to a patient’s ICU bed and help him or her to perform crucial rehabilitation. Therapy is brought to the patient rather than transferring the patient onto a separate therapy device: because the patient remains in bed, the device can be deployed as early as 48 hours after injury, directly in the ICU. This very early mobilization (VEM) therapy that has been clinically proven to help patients recover faster and reduce their time in the ICU. Their team works on almost all aspects of product development: from mechanical design and software programming, to business strategy and an extensive quality control regime. IIP interns will have the opportunity to see the product certification process up close, and to have a direct and measurable impact on the company.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following three projects:
  • Project 1: Automatic Adaption System - Assisting Control Engineers on Implementation
    ReActive Robotic's robot guides and assists the patient to perform a step-like walking movement by attaching to their knee through an orthosis and moving their knee along the desired trajectory. The current version of the robot requires the therapist to attach the knee orthosis in the correct position and to measure and input certain patient dimensions (e.g. shin and thigh length). The goal is to automate this process in order to optimize the therapist’s time and allow them to treat more patients. The IIP intern will work with control engineers to implement an automatic adaptation system that autonomously adjusts the robot’s knee orthosis to the patient’s physiology, and obtains the required measurements. This auto-adaptation system will be designed from scratch and the IIP intern will have the opportunity to influence the approach taken.
  • Project 2: Automatic Adaption System - Assisting Hardware Engineers to Complete Initial Mechanical Design
    ReActive Robotic's robot guides and assists the patient to perform a step-like walking movement by attaching to their knee through an orthosis and moving their knee along the desired trajectory. The current version of the robot requires the therapist to attach the knee orthosis in the correct position and to measure and input certain patient dimensions (e.g. shin and thigh length). The goal is to automate this process in order to optimize the therapist’s time and allow them to treat more patients. The IIP intern will work with our hardware engineers to complete the initial mechanical design (using CAD) of an automatic adaptation system that autonomously adjusts our robot’s knee orthosis to the patient’s physiology. This auto-adaptation system will be designed from scratch and the IIP intern will have the opportunity to influence the approach taken.
  • Project 3: Graphic User Interface
    This project consists of developing and improving an existing Graphical User Interface (GUI) used by ICU therapists to perform therapy using the robot. The IIP intern will implement the GUI in consultation with our multidisciplinary software team, balancing usability needs with established safety requirements.
  • Project 4: Market Development Research
    The IIP intern will work with our CEO to perform market development research for a medical device in the US. ReActive Robotic's current market is Europe and they are working towards obtaining product certification in the EU. The IIP intern will investigate the potential market for our device in the US, identifying where it should be marketed and researching the initial steps required to obtain certification.
Qualifications: German language skills are not required for the job, the work is conducted in English. However, German might be useful for the intern’s social life outside of the lab and during lunch, breaks etc at the lab.
  • Project 1 qualifications: IIP candidates with interest in mechanical and aerospace engineering or electrical engineering, as well as, an interest in automatic control are encouraged to apply. Coursework in MAE-433 (Automatic control systems) would be an asset. IIP candidates should also have familiarity with frequency-domain control approaches (PID controllers, transfer functions etc.). Experience in object-oriented programming (ideally C++) would also be an asset.
  • Project 2 qualifications: IIP candidates with interest in mechanical and aerospace engineering and specifically mechanical design are encouraged to apply. Experience using a CAD program (such as SolidWorks) would be an asset, but is not required.
  • Project 3 qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in computer science are encouraged to apply. Experience in media design and computer/human interaction would be an asset. Experience in object-oriented programming is required (ideally experience in C++ and Python).
  • Project 4 qualifications: IIP candidates with interest and experience in business and marketing are encouraged to apply. Experience in the U.S. health care industry would be an asset.


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This program is currently not accepting applications.