Informationstechnologien für maritime Anwendungen

Informationstechnologien für maritime Anwendungen

The project Mare-IT focusses on the question, how the information flow can be realized between robotic systems, control stations, systems for teleoperation, digital avatars and business information system in the era of digitalization. The scenario will be realized using an autonomous underwater vehicle, which is equipped with two manipulator arms.

This platform will be able to switch between autonomous operation to an sem-autonomous mode which allows the handling of manipulation on underwater structures in a teleoperated mode. This enables the possibility for AUVs to take over tasks that have been achieved by remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) before. In combination with subsea resident technologies, these kind of systems are an innovative solution in underwater robotics.

To achieve the project’s goals, a series of scientific questions have to be tackled. These are the design of dual arm autonomous underwater robots, the control of underwater robots during the manipulation tasks in the water column, die processing of complex sensor data streams for display in control units as well as the control and feedback for teleoperation devices like exoskeletons during tasks with limited bandwidth and delay.

These research questions are handled together with different partners. The company Wittenstein cyber motor GmbH develops new types of underwater thrusters, the company IMPaC Offshore Engineering GmbH designs und supports during the setup of control stations and in general questions of offshore technology, the company ROSEN Technology Research Center GmbH develops sensors for predictive maintenance and the company SAP SE examines the integration of robotic systems in business information systems.

Apart from the Robotics Innovation Center of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, further departments of the institute work in this project. The department for Embedded Intelligence works on new sensor technology applied to underwater and the department Cognitive Assistants works on intuitive user interfaces.


  • Wittenstein cyber motor GmbH
  • SAP SE
  • ROSEN Technology and Research Center GmbH


BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Research


BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.


Dual Arm Inspection AUV during dive trials in the DFKI RIC maritime test basin

Mare-IT VR mission control center at DFKI RIC

CAD bottom view of the AUV "Cuttlefish"

Publications about the project

Leif Christensen; Jens Hilljegerdes; Michael Zipper; Andrej Kolesnikov; Benjamin Hülsen; Christian Ernst Siegfried Koch; Marc Hildebrandt; Leon C. Danter

In: OCEANS 22 Hampton Roads. OCEANS MTS/IEEE Conference (OCEANS-2022), October 17-20, Hampton Roads, VA, USA, Pages 1-8, IEEE, 10/2022.

To the publication

Leon Cedric Danter; Steffen Planthaber; Alexander Dettmann; Wiebke Brinkmann; Frank Kirchner

In: 15th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS '20). International Symposium on Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS), 15th, October 19-23, Online-Conference, 10/2020.

To the publication

Bilal Wehbe; Marc Hildebrandt; Frank Kirchner

In: International Conference on Robotics and Automation. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA-2019), May 20-24, Montréal, Québec, Canada, IEEE, 2019.

To the publication

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz