Thomas Feix =fliplr(xieF)
Who am I?!
thomasfeix [at]
What I do

Currently, I work as an engineer in the adidas FUTURE team. The mission of the team is to develop new technologies and processes that can eventually help to make better shoes/clothing or improve the manufacturing thereof.  Some recent projects are Speedfactory, Futurecraft 4D, Sports Infinity.

From 2012-2015 I did my postdoc at the  GRAB Lab, Yale University under the supervision of Aaron Dollar. My research was centered around human grasping and translating that knowledge onto robotic and prosthetic hands. I looked at human grasping in an unstructed environment, in particular with regard to the objects and tasks found during manipulation. Furthermore, I looked at fine manipulation behavior of primate hands and analyzed the precision manipulation workspaces when moving small object within the hand. 

For my PhD I worked from 2008-2012 at Otto Bock Healthcare GmBH. in Vienna, Austria. I was involved in the European research project GRASP, a robotics project involving different partner universities distributed all over Europe. Within that project I did my PhD under the supervision of Heinz-Bodo Schmiedmayer from TU Vienna and Danica Kragic from KTH, Stockholm. The title of my PhD thesis is "Anthropomorphic Hand Optimization Based on a Latent Space Analysis". The focus of my work was to evaluate different robotic and prosthetic hands and determine how different kinematics influence the level of anthropormorphism of such hands. I developed a framework that allows to "grade" a kinematic hand model, on how similar its movements are to the human hand. The human hand is used as the benchmark, as it is still the benchmark in grasping. Furthermore for some applications like prosthetics, anthropormorphism per se is desirable.


I am still able to do some reviews, however please send me papers that are more related to my current position. For papers that are not relevant to my current job I will be more generous about rejecting reviews. 


I am always looking for top students that want to do an internship or write their thesis with adidas in the area of robotics and automation. We work on a broad range of topics - I am sure we can find a topic that is both relevant for adidas and interesting for you!


Most of PhD work can be found at:

A more formal and somewhat outdated CV can be found here: CV_EN | CV_DE

My thesis is here.

My google scholar profile is here.

Finally, some of my private projects are shown at (partly German).