Research Clusters

A variety of interdisciplinary research institutions such as the cluster of excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (CITEC) as well as the "Center for Biotechnology" (CeBiTec) are involved in both research and teaching.


Logo CITECEverything from everyday appliances to robots: researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Center in Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University develop technical systems that are intuitive and easy to operate for human users. Future technology should adapt to the human user - not the other way around.

Since 2007, researchers have been investigating the scientific principles necessary for endowing machines with cognitive abilities. These machines should be able to interact naturally with people and adjust to changing situations. Researching the scientific foundations of cognitive interaction technology, a research area founded by CITEC, is the necessary pioneering work.

Interdisciplinary research activities at CITEC are organized into four main areas: motor intelligence, attentive systems, situated communication, and memory and learning. Our round about 250 members hail from 31 research groups and five faculties: Biology, Linguistics and Literary Studies, Mathematics, Psychology and Sports Science, and Technology.

Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec)

Logo CeBiTecThe Center for Biotechnology – CeBiTec – is one of the largest and most prominent central academic institutions at Bielefeld University. The CeBiTec bundles activities and interests of research groups focusing on various aspects of biotechnology within the Faculties of Biology, Chemistry, and Technology. Its mission is to encourage and to support the development of innovative research crossing discipline boundaries.


Logo CoR-LabWhat are the basic building blocks of cognition and learning? How can we endow robots with some social competence, to make them acceptable as assistants to humans? How can machines communicate smoothly and on semantic levels with humans? Such important yet unsolved and persistent research questions have been guiding Bielefeld researchers in the key area of Interactive Intelligent Systems for many years.

Website: CoR-Lab


Logo FSPM2The Research Centre for Mathematical Modelling (RCM2) is an inter-departmental institution of Bielefeld University which provides a common platform for applications of mathematics to the sciences. The activities include both research and training in mathematical modelling and in mathematical solution techniques.

Within the centre, a large number of interdisciplinary cooperations have been established that have led to joint publications, organisation of workshops across disciplines, and to jointly guided PhD Projects.

The current main focus of the centre is on research projects in Theoretical Biosciences, Mathematical Materials Science and Dynamics of Financial Markets.