The chair is organized into four research areas:

Human Robot Interaction and Service Robotics including work on the integration of speech, language, vision and action; programming service robots; development of new application scenarios for sensor-based service robots; robot systems for education;

Medical Robotics covering all aspects of manipulator and instrument control for complex surgical procedures, e.g. visualisation of all types of patient data, haptic feedback for delicate handling, skill transfer, shared control, multi-manipulator cooperation;

Cognitive Robotics encompassing a comprehensive area of topics ranging from sensor models by the way of individual sensor processing entities (e.g. for high-speed face tracking) to high-level cognitive skills for navigation, adaptation, learning;

Cyber-Physical / Embedded Systems are investigated with special emphasis on fault tolerance and high availability; special topics are the design of very small redundant systems and the associated software development models and tool chains.


Cyber-Physical Systems

  • faveAC - Formal Abstraction and Verification of Analog Circuits
  • ROCS-Grid - Analysis and Synthesis of Robustly Controlled Smart-Grid-Systems
  • UnCoVerCPS - Unifying Control and Verification of Cyber-Physical Systems (Horizon 2020 EU project)
  • justITSELF - Just-in-time Self-Verification of Autonomous Systems

Embedded Systems

  • AMIS - Microscope Smart Sensors
  • eCar - Experimental Platform for Electric Car Architecture
  • eSOA - Embedded Service-Oriented Architecture
  • FTOS - Fault-Tolerant Operating System
  • LIFEBRIDGE - Automatic Control of a Heart-Lung Machine
  • PUMA - Program and Model Analysis (graduate school funded by DFG)
  • ORNET - Secure and dynamic communication in operating rooms and clinics

Robotics in Construction

  • CONCERT - CONfigurable CollaborativE Robot Technologies
  • BeRo - Hydro-erosion and concrete removal using autonomous robots,
  • Optimierte Bewegungstrajektorien, und -prädikationen im Umfeld des Bauwesens unter Einsatz selbstlernender Algorithmen


  • ESMERA - European SMEs Robotics Applications
  • Human Brain Project - The Human Brain Project is a H2020 FET Flagship Project which strives to accelerate the fields of neuroscience, computing and brain-related medicine
  • Modular Robotics
  • TERRINet - The European Robotics Research Infrastructures Network
  • AURORA - Auto-navigierende Robotische Operations-Assistenz
  • REMODEL - Robotic technologies for the manipulation of complex deformable linear objects
  • SHOP4CF - Smart Human Oriented Platform for Connected Factories
  • AI4DI - Artificial Intelligence for Digitalizing Industry
  • Neurorobotic Mouse - A Biomimetic Robotic Mouse
  • Teng -Triboelectric Nanogenerator Sensor for Soft Robotic Manipulation

Completed Projects

  • ECCEROBOT - Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot
  • ECHORD - European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development
  • ECHORD++ - European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development Plus Plus
  • JAHIR - Joint Action for Humand and Industrial Robots
  • JAST - Joint-Action Science and Technology
  • Myorobotics - A Framework for Musculoskeletal Robot Development
  • SMART-E - Sustainable Manufacturing through Advanced Robotics Training in Europe
  • interACT - Designing cooperative interaction of automated vehicles with other road users in mixed traffic environments
  • HORSE - Smart integrated immersive and symbiotic human-robot collaboration system controlled by Internet of Things based dynamic manufacturing processes with emphasis on worker safety
  • RobMoSys - Composable Models and Software for Robotics Systems