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Michel Joop van der Schoor

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Post-doc researcher at VUB


Michel Joop van der Schoor received his M.Sc. degree and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin. He works at FARI and the VUB as a Postdoctoral Researcher.

In his Ph.D. “Integrating Sustainability in the Design Process of Urban Service Robots” he researched the current role of the three dimensions of sustainability (ecological, social and economic) in the product development process and suggested a method supporting designers to integrate social and ecological goals into the requirements engineering as well as evaluating their attainment in the early phase of the design process. The method was developed during his project MARBLE (Mobile Autonomous RoBot for Litter Emptying), where a robot prototype was built and tested.



  • Kohl, J. L., van der Schoor, M. J., Syré, A. M., and Göhlich, D. (2020), Social Sustainability in the Development of Service Robots. Proceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference 1, 1949–1958.
  • Göhlich, D., Syré, A. M., van der Schoor, M. J., Jefferies, D., Grahle, A., and Heide, L. (2022), Design Methodologies for Sustainable Mobility Systems. In: Design Methodology for Future Products. Springer, Cham, 123–144.
  • Gupta, A., van der Schoor, M. J., Brautigam, J., Justo, V. B., Umland, T. F., and Gohlich, D. (2022), Autonomous Service Robots for Urban Waste Management – Multiagent Route Planning and Cooperative Operation. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 1–8.
  • van der Schoor, M. J., and Göhlich, D. (2023), Integrating sustainability in the design process of urban service robots. Frontiers in Robotics and AI 10, 1250697.