As "The Research University in the Helmholtz Association", KIT creates and imparts knowledge for society and environment. Its goal is to make significant contributions to global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. To this end, about 9300 employees work together on a broad disciplinary basis in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, and humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 25100 students for responsible tasks in society, economy, and science by means of research-oriented university studies. KIT’s innovation activities bridge the gap between knowledge and application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and preservation of our natural resources.
The Chair of High Performance Humanoid Technologies (H2T, Prof. Asfour) at the Institute of Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR) of the KIT researches and develops humanoid robot technologies and systems that perform tasks in interaction and cooperation with humans. The main research topics include the engineering of humanoid robots, visually and haptically supported gripping and mobile manipulation, learning from human observation and personal experience, and the mechano-informatics of humanoid robots as the synergetic integration of methods of mechatronics, computer science, and artificial intelligence for the realization of humanoid robotic systems.
The research focus of H2T within the ROBDEKON Competence Center is on the development of methods for single and multi-handed gripping, mobile manipulation and the planning of manipulation actions for handling contaminated objects. The visual perception and autonomous execution of decontamination tasks are central issues in this context.
At the Chair for Intelligent Process Automation and Robotics (IPR) at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR) of KIT, a young team of scientists is working on current research questions of machine learning for robots, safe human-robot collaboration, path planning and control for robots, and medical robotics. Our application domains range from the industrial to the domestic and clinical context.
The IPR conducts research within the framework of ROBDEKON under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Björn Hein, the IPR is working on the further development of the system for the automatic decontamination and release measurement of building structures, which was developed in preliminary work together with the Institute for Technology and Management in Construction (TMB). A second area of focus is the development of a new system for decontamination and release measurement of removed parts and plant components based on industrial robots. We also develop algorithms for trajectory generation under boundary conditions as well as methods for sensor fusion and sensor deployment planning.
The Chair of Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems (ISAS) under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe D. Hanebeck has 20 years of experience in the field of stochastic state and parameter estimation. Research topics are efficient methods for nonlinear state estimation, methods for simultaneous identification and estimation of uncertain model parameters or system states, filter methods based on systematic approximation methods of probability densities, and tracking methods for tracking extended objects as well as for simultaneous tracking of multiple objects.
The Chair of Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems (ISAS) develops telepresence technologies for the intuitive control of remote robotic systems. The control mechanisms include the transmission of user walking motions to remote robots as well as the transmission of head movements to control camera systems. Via haptic interfaces hand movements are transmitted to remote manipulators and vice versa resistances and forces are displayed to the user. In addition, environmental information in the remote environment is captured and presented to the telepresence users as continuous distribution information.
The main research focus of the Institute of Technology and Management in Construction (TMB) is the entire field of machinery in construction and construction operations as a whole. The department "Dismantling of Conventional and Nuclear Structures" can therefore draw on a broad range of expertise in the field of nuclear dismantling with regard to the processes and techniques used in civil engineering. By additionally taking into account the special features of nuclear engineering, the know-how of all divisions is bundled. One focus is on mechanical engineering for decontamination work.
At the TMB, a large-scale living lab is being built in which the latest robotic systems for environmental and contamination detection as well as autonomous decontamination robots for nuclear power plants will be tested under realistic conditions. Within the living lab, students, scientists and representatives from industry and technology will be able to test various scenarios and perform telemanipulation. In addition, new methods and devices will be investigated that can be used on landfills or contaminated sites.