David Franklin completed undergraduate studies in human physiology and was awarded a PhD in 2005 from the Simon Fraser University (Canada). He worked as a researcher at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (Kyoto, Japan) from 1999 to 2006, and then spent 3 years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK. In 2010 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust RCD Fellowship and started the Neuromechanics Group at the University of Cambridge. In 2016, he moved to TUM in Germany as an Associate Professor for Neuromuscular Diagnostics.
Professor Franklin investigates the computational principles and mechanisms that underlie neuromechanical control and motor learning using robotics and virtual reality systems to precisely control the sensory inputs to experimental participants. His work blends neuroscience, physiology, biomechanics, control theory and robotics to understand how humans move and adapt to their environment.