Research Topics

Autonomous Systems

Autonomous systems act independently, learn, solve complex tasks and can react to unpredictable events. This does not only refer to classical robots but also to intelligent machines, devices or software systems that are used in special areas in the interest of humans. For example, the mobility of the future will be determined by autonomous vehicles. Autonomous systems will also support disabled people in the domestic environment. In addition, they will be able to interact flexibly with workers in production and act independently where it is too dangerous for people. Artificial intelligence provides the key technologies in the areas of machine learning, cyber security and agile IT infrastructures that are crucial for the further development and use of autonomous systems.


Seit dem 1. September 2021 hat Dr. Stefan Stiene eine Professur für intelligente Agrarsysteme an der Hochschule Osnabrück inne. Nach über 10 Jahren…

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Gastbeitrag von Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg, Leiter des Forschungsbereichs Planbasierte Robotersteuerung, DFKI Labor Niedersachsen

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In space, autonomous robots are supposed to fulfil diverse tasks. In order to meet the respective requirements, existing systems are strongly…

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The PlantMap project goal is a high-resolution spatiotemporal 3D map representation of individual plants –

the PlantMap. Such a map will be filled with plant data taken by autonomous robots navigating…

Tangible reality - skilful interaction of user hands and fingers with real tools in mixed reality worlds

The goal of the GreifbAR project is to make mixed reality (MR) worlds, including virtual (VR) and augmented reality ("AR"), tangible and graspable by allowing users to interact with real and virtual…

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…

Human-Machine Interaction Modeling for Continuous Improvement of Robot Behavior

The current developments in digitalization, AI-based data processing, and powerful hardware lay the groundwork for

future embodied AI assistants. These intelligent robots must be versatile, adaptive…

Modular components as Building Blocks for application-specific configurable space robots

For service operations on satellites or the exploration of foreign planets, robotic systems will be of particular interest in the future, as they are relatively inexpensive compared to manned space…

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz