The Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) belongs to the Bremen location of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH). Headed by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner, here scientists develop robot systems to be used for complex tasks on land, under water, in the air, and in space. The RIC closely cooperates with the Robotics Group at the University of Bremen.

The DFKI is the leading German research centre in relation to innovative software technology based on methods of Artificial Intelligence. It comprises sites in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen and Lower Saxony, as well as laboratories in Berlin and Darmstadt, and branch offices in Lübeck and Trier.

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Latest Projects

TRIPLE-Guidance, Navigation & Control DFKI subproject:…
Underwater Robotics   Space Robotics  
Expanding the Action-Affordance Envelope for Planetary…
Space Robotics  
Handling with AI-enhanced Robotic Technologies for…
Logistics, Production and Consumer  
New robotic manipulation techniques and AI algorithms for…
SAR- & Security Robotics   Underwater Robotics  

Latest Robotsystems

Documentation vehicle
Underwater Robotics 
Machine Learning Accelerator Demonstrator
Assistance- and Rehabilitation Systems  Agricultural Robotics  Electric Mobility  Logistics, Production and Consumer  SAR- & Security Robotics  Underwater Robotics  Space Robotics 
Z1-Arm with gripper
Space Robotics 
Space Robotics 

Latest Softwaretools

Adaptive Robot Control using Optimization
Hybrid Robot Dynamics
Biologically inspired Graph-Based Language
Robot Construction Kit

Latest Publications

Latest Videos

Testen des Rovers unter mondähnlichen Bedingungen mit simuliertem Sonnenlicht und reduzierter Schwerkraft Testing the rover under simulated sunlight and low gravity

Robot design and control architectures, machine learning methods and human-centered interaction with robots – the Robotics Group at Faculty 3 of the University of Bremen together with the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center offer courses from the basics to the most advanced concepts in robotics. Robot Design Lab is an introductory course. Here students learn about the software and hardware architecture of robots. Autonomous navigation concepts are applied on TurtleBot robots, which are able to traverse mazes and detect geometrical shapes in the environment.

Mechanical tests of the iSSI® from iBOSS GmbH, HOTDOCK from Space Applications Services NV and SIROM from SENER Aeroespacial S.A. identifying their capabilities to perform a release of a coupled interface under load. Please note that the behaviour of interfaces during the depicted tests is unsuitable for direct comparison given different numeric values used for initial axial, radial and angular misalignments.

Mechanical test of the HOTDOCK from Space Applications Services NV verifying its misalignment capabilities using guiding petals.

last updated 31.05.2023
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