Executive Director DFKI Niedersachsen & Head of the Research Department Plan-Based Robot Control

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg

  • Address (Osnabrück)
    Hamburger Straße 24
    49084 Osnabrück

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg


Anke Dittmer; Tobias Stolzmann; Friedemann Kammler; Martin Günther; Oliver Ferdinand; Oliver Thomas; Joachim Hertzberg; Oliver Zielinski

In: Sara D'Onofrio; Stefan Meinhardt (Hrsg.). Robotik in der Wirtschaftsinformatik. Chapter 16, Pages 343-360, Edition HMD, ISBN 978-3-658-39621-3, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, 8/2023.

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Oscar Lima; Martin Günther; Alexander Sung; Sebastian Stock; Marc Vinci; Amos Smith; Jan Christoph Krause; Joachim Hertzberg

In: Proceedings of the PlanRob Workshop of the 28th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling. Workshop on Planning and Robotics (PlanRob-2023), PlanRob Workshop of the 33rd International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, located at ICAPS 2023, July 8-13, Prague, Czech Republic, n.n. 7/2023.

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Tobias Reuter; Juan Carlos Saborio; Christoph Tieben; Konstantin Nahrstedt; Franz Kraatz; Hendrik Meemken; Gerrit Hünker; Kai Lingemann; Gabriele Broll; Thomas Jarmer; Joachim Hertzberg; Dieter Trautz

In: Christa Hoffmann; Anthony Stein; Arno Ruckelshausen; Henning Müller; Thilo Steckel; Helga Floto (Hrsg.). Informatik in der Land-, Forst- und Ernährungswirtschaft -- Referate der 43. GIL-Jahrestagung. GIL-Jahrestagung (GIL-2023), 43. GIL-Jahrestagung, Resiliente Agri-Food-Systeme, February 13-14, Osnabrück, Germany, Pages 489-494, ISBN 978-3-88579-724-1, Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. Bonn, 2/2023.

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Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg is head of the research group “Plan-Based Robot Control” at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. He is also head of the Knowledge-Based Systems (KBS) research group at the University of Osnabrück.

Research Interests:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous mobile robots
  • Action planning
  • Plan-based robot control
  • Sensor data interpretation
  • Semantic mapping
  • Robotics in agriculture

Academic record

Professional career

  • 1982-1986: Scientific Assistant, Computer Science Department, University of Bonn
  • 1986-2001: Research Scientist at GMD (German National Research Center for Information Technology) (GMD in Wikipedia)
  • 03-07/1993: Guest Researcher, International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley, CA
  • 1993-1994: Substitute Professor (C4-Lehrstuhlvertreter), Computer Science Faculty, Dortmund University
  • 07-09/1996: Visiting Lecturer, Computer Science Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1998-2004: External lecturer (Privatdozent), University of Bonn, Computer Science Department
  • 1999-2004: Head of Department Robot Control Architectures (ARC), AIS
  • 2001-2004 (merger between GMD and Fraunhofer Society): Research Scientist at Fraunhofer Institute Autonomous Intelligent Systems (AIS, now IAIS)
  • Since 09/2004: Professor for Computer Science (Knowledge-Based Systems) at the University of Osnabrück
  • 2007-2009: Dean of the School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Osnabrück University
  • Since 10/2011: Head of Osnabrück branch, Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
  • 03-05/2014: Visiting Lecturer, Università La Sapienza, Rome, Dept. Computer, Control, and Management Engineering Antonio Ruberti (DIAG)
  • EurAi Fellow (formerly called ECCAI Fellow) as of 2014
  • Award for Excellence for Springer Handbook of Robotics (B. Siciliano, O. Khatib, eds.), Chapter co-author (2008)
  • Vice World Champion (team member), RoboCup Rescue, Lisbon (2004)
  • ICSI Award of GMD for outstanding scientific research (1992)
  • PhD grant by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (1983/84)
  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Society for Computer Science (GI)
  • Society for Informatics in Agriculture (GIL)
  • Society for Cognitive Science (GK)
  • Osnabrück Scientific Society (OWiG)


Reasoning auf landwirtschaftlichen Daten - Integration von Metriken und qualitativen Perspektiven

"Entferne schädliches Unkraut auf dem Feld, aber setze keine chemischen Mittel in der Nähe eines Gewässers ein!"

Bei der Durchführung landwirtschaftlicher Arbeiten müssen solche Regeln beachtet…


selective management of harmful and non-harmful weeds using artificial intelligence

The spontaneous vegetation that accompanies arable farming (generally referred to as (un)harmful weeds) can lead to major yield losses if not controlled. However, of the approximately 350 plant…



Experimental environment for industrial-grade development of semantic environment perception.

The fusion of data with high spatial and temporal resolution and their interpretation are essential innovation drivers for the realisation of more sustainable processes in plant cultivation. Here,…



Bringing AI Planning to the European On-Demand AI Platform

The project AIPlan4EU aims to bring the most advanced task planning and execution technology to companies, small and medium size enterprises, innovators, practitioners and more through the European AI…



Comprehensive Perception and Dynamic Anchoring

“Robot, bring me my cordless screwdriver!”

This is a plausible command for a service robot, in a production environment as in a private home. Robots handling over a tool to a human have been…


Portrait photo

Portrait Prof. Dr Hertzberg
Portrait Prof. Dr Hertzberg

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz