Volker Senft, CEO and CTO (technical development, software and hardware)

Volker Senft studied computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich and electrical engineering at the Technical University in Munich. Since 1988 he has been working at DLR in the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics. In 1992, together with colleagues from the institute, he founded Space Control GmbH, they successfully marketed the 3D input device “Space Mouse”. For many years he was responsible for the development of the software for the use of the Space Mouse. In connection with this, he worked for Logitech Inc. as „Sales Development Manager“ and since 1999 as „Consulting Director“ for LogiCAD3D Inc. and GmbH. From 2003 to 2010 he developed new technologies for the use of 3D input devices. The current 3D sensor of 3Dconnexion originates from this time. Since 2010 he is back at DLR and develops sensors and controls for the operation of electric motors.

Dr. Josef Reill, CTO and CSO (technical development, hardware and technical support)

Dr.-Ing. Josef Reill received the degree in electrical engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany in 2005 and the Dr.-Ing. degree in 2010. From 2005 to 2009 he has been working with the chair of electrical drives and machines at Erlangen. His research was focused on the optimization of vector and sensorless control of permanent magnet synchronous motors. Since November 2009 he is with the German Aerospace Center, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics. His main area of activity is the control of permanent magnet synchronous machines used in robotic joints for terrestrial and space applications. He is leading the electrical drives activities at the institute and was coordinating the mobility subsystem of MASCOT.

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Dr. Armin Wedler, COO and CSO (mechanical development and international contacts)

Dr.-Ing. Armin Wedler received his Bachelor’s degree in Robotics and his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from the Leibniz Universität Hannover and received his doctorate there in 2010 on „Adaptive passive-compliant systems for the use in robotics“. After his diploma he worked at the Leibniz University Hannover in the Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Machine Tools of the PZH. With his entry into the German Aerospace Center at the Robotics and Mechatronics Institute in 2008, he focused on the development of advanced space robotics, planetary exploration and mobile robot systems. Based on his great interest in new drives and innovative system design, Dr. Wedler supported the space projects EXOMARS and DEXHAND as a technical expert and systems engineer. Subsequently, he developed more interest and knowledge about the autonomous functions of mobile systems at a higher level, but also in team coordination, which made him suitable to lead and coordinate the Lunar Lander / Mobile Payload project, the internal projects Team and MOREX. Since 2014, Dr. Wedler also coordinates the planetary exploration domain within the DLR-RM-Institute, the Rover development team and the mobile robotics group. Besides, he’s reviewer for several journals and conferences. He became project coordinator for the HGF a funded ARCHES future theme project. Since 2014 Dr. Wedler has been a member of the ISECG (International Space Exploration Coordination Group), supports the GER3 development, the GAP reports for autonomy and teleoperation for the future exploration of robots and humans. With his company Smart Concept, which he runs together with his brother Tobias Wedler, he participates in start-ups and advises companies in the field of robotics.

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Tobias Wedler, CFO and CSO (Financial Administration)

Tobias Wedler is a trained economist (Degree: Diplom Ökonom an der Leibniz University of Hannover) and since the age of thirteen entrepreneur and passionate startup enthusiast. With his company Smart Concept, he participates together with his brother Dr. Armin Wedler in startups and advises companies in the field of entrepreneurship. At the Innovation Center in Lower Saxony, he is head of the start-up division since 2017, on behalf of the Ministry of Economy, Labour, Transport and Digitization. In his role he is responsible for the initiative Startup Niedersachsen and he is regional speaker of the Federal Association of German Startups e.V. in Lower Saxony. For the Entrepreneurship Center of the Technical University of Brunswick and the Ostfalia University, he has spent the past three years an exchange program in the Silicon Valley to Companies like Google, Facebook, Tesla, Plug and Play and many more. Tobias Wedler is Ambassador in GISEP (German Israeli Startup Exchange Program). He has an extensive Network of contacts in the national and international start-up scene.

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