SherpaUW manipulates a model of an underwater valve in the big salt water basin of the DFKI. (DFKI GmbH, photo: Thomas Frank)
SherpaUW manipulates a model of an underwater valve in the big salt water basin of the DFKI. (DFKI GmbH, photo: Thomas Frank)
The AUV Flatfish can operate permanently on the seabed without further assistance from a supply ship. (DFKI GmbH, photo: Jan Albiez)
The AUV Flatfish can operate permanently on the seabed without further assistance from a supply ship. (DFKI GmbH, photo: Jan Albiez)

Applied AI - Maritime

The application-oriented team "Maritime" aims to explore and develop complex autonomous and intelligent robotic systems that operate under water and in the air. Its focus on practical application is one of the strengths of the team. In cooperation with a worldwide network of industrial and scientific partners, the developed solutions can be evaluated in a continuous chain reaching from the application concept over simulation to laboratory trials in comprehensive test facilities. Frequent trips in the Atlantic Ocean and in the North and Baltic Sea under realistic conditions guarantee an application-related performance assessment. This unique combination of laboratory infrastructure and realistic missions to examine and evaluate technology readiness enables the development of robust and reliable systems.

The team puts its research focus on the use of machine learning and state-of-the-art navigation for the development of complex systems that are able to defy the harsh maritime conditions. All of this leads into the central theme for the future in maritime robotics research: the manipulation and management of infrastructure and operational environments by autonomous robotic systems. 

Focus:

  • Oil and gas
  • Offshore wind
  • Aquafarming
  • Marine sciences

Head: Dipl.-Inf. Leif Christensen
Deputy Head: Dipl.-Ing. Christopher Gaudig

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last updated 20.08.2019
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