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Research network SAIL

Bielefeld University, U Paderborn, TH OWL and FH Bielefeld establish a NRW-funded research network on sustainable A.I.

SFB TRR 318: Constructing Explainability

Developing explanations together: New Collaborative Research Center at the Universities of Paderborn and Bielefeld.

ERC Synergy Grant

CITEC Researcher Barbara Hammer together with three European researchers receives a prestigious ERC Synergy Grant.

HAI Conference

International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI) at CITEC

DAAD Network

The DAAD grants the new CITEC-coordinated thematical network "Interactive Intelligent Systems"


BMBF funding commitment for the innovation cluster KogniHome to develop the intelligent home of the future.

HRI Conference

The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) takes place at CITEC.

New CITEC Building

CITEC researchers with their robots and avatars move into the new building.

it's OWL

CITEC and CoR-Lab participate in the regional leading-edge cluster on intelligent technical systems (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research).

Excellence Initiative Continuation

CITEC scientists prevail once again in the Excellence Initiative's competition for continuation.

Strategic Partnership

CITEC agrees on a strategic partnership with the v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel

Graduate School

CITEC and CoR-Lab establish graduate schools and invite tenders for the first doctoral projects.


A research lab for Cognition and Robotics is established as a public-private partnership of Bielefeld University, Honda-Research Institute Europe (HRI), and the federal state of NRW.

The CITEC Cluster of Excellence

The CITEC application prevails in the tough competition of the federal and state initiative.

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Two consecutive funding phases in the Excellence Initiative allowed CITEC to assemble a strong environment of densely interacting research groups covering a large array of topics that are key to Cognitive Interaction science and technology. This has brought CITEC and Bielefeld University a high international profile in a technology and research field that is of utmost societal importance and closely linked with AI, robotics and the rapidly evolving human-technology interface.

CITEC now has shaped and benefits from a vibrant local enviroment as well as a strong network of world-wide research cooperations with leading institutions, groups and researchers. With its facilities and innovation labs, it offers a premier infrastructure that supports leading edge research and efficient interactions among participating groups, tailored to the specific needs of highly inter- and transdisciplinary research.

For a decade, researchers at the Cluster of Excellence CITEC have been working on better bridges between humans and technology. CITEC scientists explain the aspects that make the cluster unique.

On March 9, 2018, members and alumni celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Cluster of Excellence CITEC. The anniversary celebration was also attended by Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science in NRW.

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