ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Tamim Asfour

Associate Fellow

FotoKarlsruhe Institute of Technology, &
Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics, &
High Performance Humanoid Technologies,
Karlsruhe, Germany
E-Mail: asfour@kit.edu


Tamim Asfour is full Professor of Humanoid Robotics at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics, High Performance Humanoid Technologies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He received the diploma degree in electrical engineering in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in computer science in 2003, both from University of Karlsruhe in Germany. From 2003 until 2012, he was leading the humanoid robotics research group at KIT before he was appointed as full professor in 2012. Tamim is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE-RAS Humanoids Conference Editorial Board and Editor of the Robotics and Automation Letters. He is scientific spokesperson of the KIT Center "Information - Systems - Technologies (KCIST)", president of the Executive Board of the German Robotics Society (DGR) and member of the founding Board of Directors of euRobotics.

Current Main Research Interests

Tamim's research focuses on the engineering of high performance 24/7 humanoid robotics as well as on the mechano-informatics of humanoids as the synergetic integration of informatics, artificial intelligence and mechatronics into humanoid robot systems, which are able to predict, act and interact in the real world. He is the developer of the ARMAR humanoid robot family. His research include engineering humanoid robot systems, grasping, dexterous and mobile manipulation, learning from human observation and sensorimotor experience, robot programming by demonstration, active vision and active touch, scene and object affordances, modelling and analysis of human motion, semantic segmentation of human demonstrations, motion primitives and motion alphabets, data-driven generation of whole-body humanoid motion, software and hardware architectures and system integration. In his research, he is reaching out and connecting to neighboring areas in interdisciplinary projects in the area of robotics in combination with machine learning and computer vision.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Asfour, T., Borràs, J., Mandery, C., Kaiser, P., Aksoy, E. E., & Grotz, M. (2018). On the dualities between grasping and whole-body loco-manipulation tasks. Robotics Research, 305-322. Springer, Cham.
  • Asfour, T., Dillmann, R., Vahrenkamp, N., Do, M., Wächter, M., Mandery, C., Kaiser, P, Kröhnert, & Grotz, M. (2019). The Karlsruhe ARMAR Humanoid Robot Family. Humanoid Robotics: A Reference, 337-368.
  • Rothfuss, J., Ferreira, F., Aksoy, E. E., Zhou, Y., & Asfour, T. (2018). Deep episodic memory: Encoding, recalling, and predicting episodic experiences for robot action execution. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 3, 4007-4014.
  • Wächter, M., Ovchinnikova, E., Wittenbeck, V., Kaiser, P., Szedmak, S., Mustafa, W., Kraft, D., Krüger, N., Piater, J., & Asfour, T. (2018). Integrating multi-purpose natural language understanding, robot's memory, and symbolic planning for task execution in humanoid robots. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 99, 148-165.
  • Mandery, C., Terlemez, Ö., Do, M., Vahrenkamp, N., & Asfour, T. (2016). Unifying representations and large-scale whole-body motion databases for studying human motion. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 32, 796-809.