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  • Research Infrastructure

    CITEC Research building
    CITEC Research building
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CITEC Building

Our research building is conceptualized to best serve the needs of researchers. Special feeder labs surround Central Labs, which support CITEC researchers in combining their complex research results. Meeting rooms and conference areas put people in conversation with each other. These facilities make the CITEC building unique and bring together 250 researchers under one roof.


Factory for future ideas - The CITEC Research Building

The CITEC building was constructed with state and national funds from the research building funding.


Total area: 5.300 qm Total cost: ca. 32 Mio. Euro
Laboratory area: 1.265 qm Date of completion: Juni 2013
  • CITEC building
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  • CITEC building
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  • CITEC Buildung
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  • Bimanual manipulation lab
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  • Motion lab
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  • Ambient intelligence lab
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  • Research apartment
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  • CITEC building
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Research Platforms

Within CITEC, research on several customized as well as commercial research platforms is conducted.

  • Bi-manual robot with anthropomorphic hands
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    Bi-manual manipulation robot

    An advanced bi-manual manipulation robot with anthropomorphic hands uses joint experimentation involving the robotics, psychology, and biology groups. For instance, this enables researchers to compare robot and human multi-digit force adaptation strategies during grasp stabilisation.

  • Collaborative robot
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    Human-Robot Collaboration

    Collaborative robots are used to explore flexible assembly scenarios. Research aims at the efficient programming of such kind of robots, their integration in modular production processes, and the interactive learning of automated assembly tasks.

  • iCub robot
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    Humanoid robots (iCub)

    Humanoid robots like iCub are used to explore strategies of attention and behavior acquisition. Research on parent-child interaction inspires teaching and learning strategies in human-robot interaction.

  • Virtual assistant Billie
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    Virtual assistant Billie

    The virtual assistant Billie is meant to be a new kind of helper for people with cognitive difficulties who require support. It has already been used at people's homes to study its usage in real world settings.

  • industrial work cell
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    Industrial work cells

    Flexible work cells are explored in term of worker assistance as well as in terms of an iterative planning of its layout. Such flexible collaborative working environments are relevant for highly specialized small and medium-sized companies.

  • TIAGo robot

    TIAGo Robot (PAL Robotics)

    The TIAGo Robot from PAL Robotics entails a mobile platform with differential drive and an upper part with lift and 7-DoF-arm with F/T sensor and Schunk parallel gripper.

  • MekaBot M1

    MekaBot M1

    Omnidirectional robotic platform with an anthropomorphic bimanual torso with sensor head which is mounted on a lift. This platform was used in the research apartment within the Cognitive Service Robotics Apartment (CSRA) project.  

  • CAVE

    CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment

    This is an L-shaped 3D stereo back-projection (passive infitec). The CAVE is exemplarily used in the ICSPACE project where it features an assistive sports scenario.

  • Extended Reality

    Virtual and Extended Reality Lab

    The virtual reality lab provides a projection-based CAVE, motion tracking systems, and head-mounted devices to realize mobile augmented reality systems.

  • Six-legged robot hector
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    Six-legged robot Hector

    Hector is a six-legged robot and its construction was inspired by the stick insect. It has passive elastic joints and an ultra-light exoskeleton. Research aims at a deeper understanding of motion intelligence and attentive systems.

  • Ambient Interaction in the research apartment

    Research Apartment

    The Cognitive Service Robotics Apartment provides a full-blown home environment equipped with multiple distributed sensor/actor-devices and robotic components. It also utilizes ambient technology like projectors, ambient light, sound, tactile floors and table surface, etc.

  • Pepper


    Pepper is a humanoid robot from Softbank Robotics / Aldebaran Robotics. The robot was used in the RoboCup@Home competitions in 2017 and 2018.

  • Floka


    Floka is an anthropomorphic robot head. The modular design of this sensor head is inspired by the Flobi robot head. It can form facial expressions (mouth/lips, eyes, eye brows, eye lids, neck). It is used in different setting with the Meka M1 platform or as a Cobot in the FAMULA project.

  • Flobi


    This is an anthropomorphic robot head that combines a modular design approach with a sensor head. It comprises 18 degrees of freedom for facial expressions (mouth/lips, eyes, eye brows, eye lids, neck).

  • Tobi/Biron

    This platform is based on the MobileRobots GuiaBot and was used in the RoboCup@Home competitions (2009-2016).

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