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

Frugal Artificial Intelligence in Resource-limited…
Agricultural Robotics   Assistance- and Rehabilitation Systems   Electric Mobility   Logistics, Production and Consumer   SAR- & Security Robotics   Underwater Robotics   Space Robotics  
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  

Latest Robotsystems

Strawberry Harvester: an Innovative Vehicle for Application in Agriculture
Agricultural Robotics 
Quadrupedal Research Platform
Underactuated Robotics  SAR- & Security Robotics  Space Robotics 
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 

Latest Softwaretools

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

Latest Videos

ARTEMIS: At the THW test site in Hoya

ARTEMIS: First test run with a penetrometer

The rover Artemis, developed at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center, has been equipped with a penetrometer that measures the soil's penetration resistance to obtain precise information about soil strength. Such measurements allow for conclusions about the current soil condition, applicable in both agricultural settings and space exploration. The video showcases an initial test run with the device mounted on the robot. During this test, the robot was remotely controlled, and the maximum penetration depth was limited to 15 mm.

RoLand: Agricultural Robotics

The aim of the project is to design and develop a semi-autonomous, mobile system that is capable of harvesting fruit independent of human interaction. While robotic systems are currently used mainly in greenhouses, the target scenario of the proposed project is the open field, taking into account the typical environmental influences associated with it. Taking into account a wide range of possible applications and a low investment volume, the aim is to develop a system that can also be operated economically by smaller farms. An adaptability of the work performance to the farm size-dependent demand is then given by the number of small systems working in parallel.

Quad B12: Initial Developments

The DFKI Quad B12 robot is an exciting research platform under development in the Underactuated Lab at DFKI RIC. The video showcases a range of behaviors that have been implemented on this quadrupedal robot.

EurEx-LUNa: Preparing a Mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. Under-Ice field test with the AUV DeepLeng

At the end of the third phase of the Europa Explorer project for long-range underwater navigation (EurEx-LUNa), DFKI researchers are now conducting the final field tests in the Abisko National Park in northern Sweden. There, they are testing the DeepLeng autonomous underwater vehicle in frozen Lake Torneträsk to prove the feasibility of the concept for autonomous under-ice navigation.

RH5 Manus: Introduction of a Powerful Humanoid Upper Body Design for Dynamic Movements

Recent studies suggest that a stiff structure along with an optimal mass distribution are key features to perform dynamic movements, and parallel designs provide these characteristics to a robot. This work presents the new upper-body design of the humanoid robot RH5 named RH5 Manus, with series-parallel hybrid design. The new design choices allow us to perform dynamic motions including tasks that involve a payload of 4 kg in each hand,

and fast boxing motions. The parallel kinematics combined with an overall serial chain of the robot provides us with high force production along with a larger range of motion and low peripheral inertia. The robot is equipped with force-torque sensors, stereo camera, laser scanners, high-resolution encoders etc that provide interaction with operators and environment. We generate several diverse dynamic motions using trajectory optimization, and successfully execute them on the robot with accurate trajectory and velocity tracking, while respecting joint rotation, velocity, and torque limits.

last updated 19.01.2024
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