The Stifterverband Science Award – Erwin Schrödinger Prize
An interdisciplinary research award presented by the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
The Stifterverband Science Award – Erwin Schrödinger Prize recognises outstanding scientific achievements and technological innovations at the interface between various disciplines in medicine, the natural sciences and engineering. The work must involve representatives of at least two disciplines.
The Stifterverband initially put the Helmholtz Association in charge of the Stifterverband Science Award – Erwin Schrödinger Prize for a period of five years. The award comes with prize money of up to 50,000 euros, which recipients are free to use as they please. The award is officially presented at the Helmholtz Annual Meeting and the first award ceremony took place on 25 November 1999. After the initial five-year period was over, the Stifterverband decided to continue awarding the prize in the same form, but at a two-year interval. The Helmholtz Members’ Assembly then agreed to provide the prize money in the intermediary years and the award has been awarded on an annual basis together with the Stifterverband ever since.
Development of a thought-controlled robotic arm
- Professor Patrick van der Smagt of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
- Professor John P. Donoghue of Brown University, US
Professor Patrick van der Smagt from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Professor John P. Donoghue from Brown University in the US have won the 2012 Erwin Schrödinger Prize for developing a new type of prosthetic arm that paraplegics can control using brain signals. The support system that van der Smagt and Donoghue created is unique in the world and allows paraplegics to control a robotic arm using only their thoughts. To build the system, the researchers developed learning-enabled software that translates signals from the patient’s brain into control commands for the arm.