Heiko Hamann develops innovative methods to govern the ever increasing complexity of engineered systems. Novel applications of tools from physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology help him to develop new design strategies for self-organizing systems.
Since 2017 Heiko Hamann is professor for service robotics at the University of Lübeck, Germany. He coordinated the EU-funded project flora robotica that develops and investigates closely linked symbiotic relationships between robots and natural plants to explore the potentials of a plant-robot society able to produce architectural artifacts and living spaces. His main research interests are swarm intelligence, swarm robotics, evolutionary robotics, applications of evolutionary computation in software engineering, and modeling of complex systems. He was assistant professor of swarm robotics at the University of Paderborn, Germany from 2013 until 2017 and did his postdoctoral training in swarm robotics, modular robotics, and evolutionary robotics at the Zoology department of the University of Graz, Austria. He received his doctorate in engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 2008.