The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH was founded in 1988 as a non-profit public-private partnership (PPP). It is located in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Bremen. DFKI is Germany’s leading business-oriented research institution in the field of innovative software technologies based on artificial intelligence methods.
The Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) is part of the Bremen location. Here, scientists under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner, develop mobile robotic systems that are used for complex tasks on land, at sea, in the air and in space.
DFKI RIC is working on the sub-project "Mobile semi-autonomous robots in deconstruction scenarios under human coordination". Robots and humans should work together in dismantling or decontamination processes of industrial plants and complement each other. For this purpose, the developed technology must allow close cooperation between humans and robots on site, but also in tele-operation scenarios.
The RIC contributes its many years of expertise in the development of mobile autonomous robots specifically for use in hazardous environments such as space or deep sea, since systems in contaminated areas have to meet very similar requirements.