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Highest Award for Professor Dorothea Wagner
August 13, 2019

Professor Dorothea Wagner (Institute of Theoretical Informatics) received the Konrad Zuse Medal of the German Society of Comuputer Science (German: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.)  for her outstanding achievements in computer science.

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Open House Day 2019 at KIT
June 29, 2019

Last Saturday the KIT Open House Day took place at Campus East. The KCIST was represented with its own tent and gave insights into current research areas regarding wearable robotics and informed about courses of studies in computer science. 

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ROBDEKON Opening Ceremony
June 25, 2019

The BMBF founded competence center ROBDEKON  (German abbrev. for Roboter für die Dekontamination in menschenfeindlichen Umgebungen) was officially inaugurated .

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SICK Science Award 2019
June 19, 2019

On 19 June 2019, KCIST awarded the SICK Science Award in cooperation with the KIT Foundation (German: KIT-Stiftung) in the framework of the "50 Years Informatics" ceremony.

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CYBATHLON Prosthesis Series & AsWeR 2019
May 16-18, 2019

Last week, from 17 - 18 May 2019, the CYBATHLON Powered ARM and LEG Prosthesis Series organized by the Chair of High Performance Humanoid Technologies (H2T) of the Institute of Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR) at KIT in collaboration with ETH Zurich took place.

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AgiProbot: Artificial Intelligence for future agile manufacturing
March, 2019

The AgiProbot project, founded by the Carls Zeiss Foundation, started on March 1, 2019. The goal of the project is the design of an agile production system that dynamically reacts to uncertain product specifications using artificial intelligence. The developed solutions will be tested in a demonstrator factory. The team, consisting of different KIT research groups, is coordinated by the KIT Institute of Production Science (wbk).

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AsWeR19 - Call for Papers opened

The Call for Papers for the Symposium on Assistive and Wearable Robotic Technologies (AsWeR) is open. Extended abstracts can be submitted under the following link: https://easychair.org/cfp/AsWeR19 

AsWeR19 takes place at the Trade Fair Centre in Karlsruhe and is co-located with the CYBATHLON Prosthesis Series 2019 and the REHAB19. AsWeR19 and the CYBATHLON Prosthesis Series 2019 are both organized by KIT in cooperation with the CYBATHLON team of the ETH Zürich.

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Safer Internet Day 2019
Febraury 5, 2019

Under the motto "Together protecting the KIT IT Infrastructure ", the research group SECUSO (AIFB) together with SCC, KASTEL and ZML prepared new KIT specific, easy to understand information material on cyber security based on previous research results. The KIT Safer Internet Day 2019 team will present and distribute this material to the interested public on February 5, from 11 am to 3 pm, in the KIT cafeteria.

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Open Day at IAR 2018
November 21, 2018

This year, the Institute of Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR) will once again open its doors and give an insight into its current research within the framework of the European Robotics Week 2018. Both labs involved, the High Performance and Humanoid Technologies Lab (H²T) and the Intelligent Process Automation and Robotics Lab (IPR), will offer guided laboratory tours and some other specials.

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Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health
October, 2018

The newly founded Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health (HIDSS4Health) has the goal to train young scientists to deal with the huge amount of data arising in health. This should result into innovative methods for diagnosis and therapy.  HIDSS4Health is a joint doctoral program of KIT, DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center) and the University of Heidelberg. Coordinator at KIT is Professor Ralf Mikut (IAI).

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10 Years GAMI and Opening of the Artificial Intelligent Innovation Factory

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute (GAMI), a platform established by Professor Gisela Lanza, wbk Institute of Production Science, to facilitate Sino-German research and innovation programs related to Smart Manufacturing. On the occasion of the celebration that takes place on November 8, 2018 in Suzhou, the Artificial Intelligence Innovation Factory  will be officially opened. The new research facility focuses on the deployment of Artificial Intelligence technologies and cooperative robotics in smart manufactoring environments.

Robotics AI Symposium in Paris
September 5, 2018

The French Académie des sciences and the German Akademie of Sciences Leopoldina jointly organize the Symposium "Data Science versus Motion Intelligence"  to strengthen the cooperation between France and Germany in Robotics AI. The organizers are Jean-Paul Laumond, CNRS-LAAS, France  and Tamim Asfour, KIT, Germany.

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New competence center "ROBDEKON"
July 25, 2018

ROBDEKON (German: "Robotersysteme für menschenfeindliche Umgebungen"), which started last June, deals with the deployment of robotics systems in contaminated area. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is endowed with twelve million euros for four years. 

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June 11-15, 2018

ARMAR-6, developed at the High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab (H²T)  within the EU H2020 SecondHands  research project, is shown at CEBIT at KIT booth (G52 in hall 27). The robot demonstrates its capabilities to intelligently and proactively assist a human coworker in the context of an industrial maintenance task.

CEBIT Video (YouTube)

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Artificial Intelligence, humanoid Robots and Deep Learning
July 20, 2018

The magazine "Spektrum der Wissenschaft" organizes a seminar on the topic artificial intelligence, with particular focus on humanoid robotics and deep learning in computer vision. The speakers are Professor Rainer Stiefelhagen (cv:hci) and Professor Tamim Asfour (H²T). A tour through the labs of the H²T-IAR research group will close the program. 


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Professor Michael Beigl in the "Tagesschau"
April 23, 2018

Professor Michael Beigl (Chair for Pervasive Computing Systems) gave an interview in the Tagesschau (German national television news service) about the meaning of the Hannover Messe for the German economy. Further, he spoke about Germany’s current role and position in an international comparison in the areas of digitalization, Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence.

Interview (Tagesschau Website)


The KUKA Udacity Robot Learning Lab at KIT
March, 2018

The new KUKA Udacity Robot Learning Lab will be established at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics - Intelligent Process Automation and Robotics Lab (IAR-IPR). The Lab, unique of its kind, will enable students worldwide to interact with real industrial robots through a remote interface and validate self-developed solutions directly on the robot.

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Honorary Colloquium for Professor Hartmut Schmeck

The 34th AIK-Symposiums "Good Algorithms" was held on Friday, February 16, 2018, in the Tulla Hall at KIT. On this occasion, the former KCIST scientific spokesperson, Professor Hartmut Schmeck (AIFB), celebrated his farewell from teaching at KIT.

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Professor Thomas Zwick elevated to IEEE Fellow

Professor Thomas Zwick (IHE) has been elevated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, 2018, for his "contributions to millimeter wave transceivers". IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

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Publication in Science Robotics

The taxonomy of whole-body support poses developed at the High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab (H²T) at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR) has been presented in the article "A whole-body support pose taxonomy for multi-contact humanoid robot motions" published in Science Robotics (20 Dec. 2017).

ARMAR-6 in the media

The first press release featuring the humanoid robot ARMAR-6 was launched. The robot was developed at the High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab (H²T) within the EU H2020 SecondHands research project.

Article in IEEE Spectrum 

Overview of press coverage

BOGY positions

KIT offers this year several opportunities to pupils, who would like to carry out their BOGY (German: Berufs- und Studienorientierung am Gymnasium in Baden-Württemberg) internship in the field of information technologies. Here some Links with further information:

Infomatics BOGY

Robotics BOGY at H2T

Robotics BOGY at MINT Kolleg

European Robotics Week: Open day at IAR-H2T and IAR-IPR

Within the framework of the European Robotics Week 2017, the Intelligent Process Automation and Robotics Lab   and the High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics open their doors to the public, respectively on November 21 and November 22, 2017. Registration is not required.

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Honorary Colloquium for Professor Heinz Wörn

A colloquium in honor of Professor Heinz Wörn took place on October 20, 2017 in the Garden Hall of the Karlsruhe Palace, on the occasion of his retirement. High-ranking guests from academia and industry attended the colloquium, which offered a lively overview of Professor Wörn's successful career.

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Robotics meets children at KIT

About 400 children attended the lecture “Mensch oder Maschine? Die Menschmaschine”, held by Professor Tamim Asfour on August 1, 2017 at the “KIT-Kinder-Uni 2017”. The young public listened with great interest to the latest developments in the field of humanoid robotics and participated actively to the lecture by answering questions and expressing opinions. Demos with the NAO humanoid robot and other toy robots rounded the lecture and were a true highlight for all children. The lecture is available online here.

Successful Open Day 2017 at KIT

The KIT Open Day 2017 at Campus North, on June 24, was a great success. KCIST contributed to the event, by entertaining the visitors with a varied program, ranging from humanoid robots, mini radars and a system for the automatic translation of lectures at KIT.

Official KIT press release


Professor Alex Waibel elected member of "Leopoldina"

On March 15, 2017 Professor Alex Waibel (Interactive Systems Labs) was elected to the Leopoldina, one of the oldest academies of science in the world.  It is dedicated to the advancement of science for the benefit of humankind and to the goal of shaping a better future. The Leopoldina brings together outstanding scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many other countries.

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Dr. Santiago Pagani awarded the ACM “Paul Caspi Memorial Dissertation Award”

Dr. Santiago Pagani from the Chair for Embedded Systems has been awarded the ACM “Paul Caspi Memorial Dissertation Award” from SIGBED (Special Interest Group Embedded Systems of ACM) for his PhD thesis entitled “Power, Energy, and Thermal Management for Clustered Manycores".

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CeBIT: Symposium "Robotics in the 21st Century"

Robotics experts from leading universities in Germany will discuss at CeBIT in Hannover current trends, newest achievements and future opportunities of robotics in the 21st century with special focus on human-machine interaction. The symposium will take place on March 22, 2017 (Hall 6 Konferenzforum Future Talk and Convention Center hall A3).

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KIT Motion-Language Dataset released

The High Performance Humanoid Technologies (H²T) group released the KIT Motion-Language Dataset, an open large-scale dataset for linking human whole-body motion with natural language.

Link to the Paper 

Link to the Press Release of the Journal Publisher 

KIT im Rathaus

The KIT Center Information ▪ Systems ▪ Technologies (KCIST) presents itself to the Karlsruhe public on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, 6:30 pm, in the Karlsruhe City Hall. KCIST researchers will give an overview of some innovative research activities at KIT in the area of "Big Data and artificial intelligence".

KIT-Reihe im Rathaus traf auf enorme Resonanz (German only)

Pictures of the event

Videos on DIVA


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Professor Uwe D. Hanebeck elevated to IEEE Fellow

Professor Uwe D. Hanebeck (ISAS) has been elevated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, 2017, for his "contributions to nonlinear estimation and control". IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

Professor Dennis Hofheinz awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant

Professor Dennis Hofheinz develops new systems, by combining established cryptography methods with new elements under the project “PREP-CRYPTO: Preparing Cryptography for Modern Applications”. The European Research Council (ERC) will fund this project with about EUR 2 million in the next five years.

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ARAMiS II: Multi-Core Processors for Mobility and Industry 4.0

The Kick-off meeting of the project ARAMiS II took place early December 2016 at KIT. The goal of ARAMiS II is to enhance safety, efficiency, and comfort by using multi-core technologies in vehicles, aircraft, and production facilities. The project is funded by BMBF with EUR 15 Million.

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Professor Jörn Müller-Quade joins Acatech

Thanks to his outstanding achievements in the field of theoretical computer science and cybersecurity, Professor Jörn Müller-Quade, Institute of Theoretical Informatics, has become a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering.

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Professor Dorothea Wagner joins Acatech

Thanks to her outstanding achievements in the field of theoretical computer science,
Professor Dorothea Wagner, Institute of Theoretical Informatics, has become a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering.

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Inauguration Colloquium for the Research Training Group “Energy Status Data“

The German National Science Foundation (DFG) has granted a research training program „Energy Status Data – Informatics Methods for its Collection, Analysis, and Exploitation“ at KIT, which has started on May 1st, 2016. The inauguration colloquim will take place on November 7th, 2016 at 4 pm in the Tulla lecture hall of KIT.


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Professor Hartmut Schmeck awarded the Heinrich-Hertz-Preis

At the annual meeting of the KIT Energy Center, the EnBW Foundation awarded Professor Hartmut Schmeck the Heinrich Hertz Prize 2016 for his outstanding achievements in the field of Energy Informatics. In particular, the award recognizes Professor Schmeck's contributions to the development and deployment of innovative information and communication technologies in intelligent energy management systems.

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The Challenge of Big Data in Science

The 5th International LSDMA Symposium on “The Challenge of Big Data in Science” will be held at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, on October 5th, 2016. The program includes presentations from several internationally renowned speakers.

The full program as well as registration and travel information and  can be found on the symposium homepage.

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Definitive book of Machine Vision

KCIST members Prof. J. Beyerer and Prof. F. Puente León published a standard work on Machine Vision. The book offers a thorough introduction to machine vision and covers systematically all relevant components of most automated visual inspection and image processing systems.

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KIT starts new degree in Computer Science as part of the teacher training program

Starting from the winter semester 2016/2017 the KIT Department of Informatics will offer a new degree program as part of its teacher training program (German Lehramtstudium). The new course of studies aims at training qualified teaching staff for computer science education in schools.
An information event on April 22, 2016 will be held at the KIT Department of Informatics to present the new course of studies to teachers and all interested participants.  


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The 19th International Conference on Information Fusion will be held on July 5-8, 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany. General Co-Chairs are professor Uwe D. Hanebeck, KIT, and Dr. Wolfgang Koch, Fraunhofer FKIE.

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DGR Days 2016

The DGR Days 2016, an event of the German Robotics Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Robotik, DGR),  will be held on June 29-30 2016, in conjuction with RoboCup 2016, in Leipzig. The goal is to create a forum for academic exchange and foster a visible and interdisciplinary robotics community in Germany. A DGR Round Table will complement the program on June 30 - July 1, 2016.

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DFG grants new Graduate School

Energy provisioning systems have to cope with fluctuating supply and flexible demands. Goal of the new Graduate School “Energy Status Data - Informatics Methods for its Collection, Analysis and Exploitation” is the optimization of energy supply, through a structured collection, storage and analysis of large amounts of energy status data. Spokesperson is Professor Klemens Böhm, Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization (IPD). The Graduate School will start on May 1st, 2016.

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4th D-A-CH Energieinformatik Conference

Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have set ambitious targets for increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emission and enlarging the share of renewable energy sources. Energy Informatics is developing the IT-based solutions required for achieving these targets. Fostering the transfer in this area between academia, industry and service providers was a major goal of the 4th D-A-CH Energieinformatik Conference, chaired by Professor Hartmut Schmeck (AIFB) and held in Karlsruhe on November 12-13, 2015.

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DFG Grants SPP 1835

The SPP 1835 will design and implement methods for the cooperation among different interacting traffic participants, with the aim of enhancing the safety, reducing the environmental impact and the use of resources, improving the traffic flow as well as enabling a "life-long mobility for all". Coordinator of the SPP 1835 is  Professor Christoph Stiller, Institut für Mess- und Regelungstechnik (MRT). 

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31th AIK-Symposium

Flexibility is a major requirements for future energy provisioning systems that will have to cope with both fluctuating demands and dithering supply.  Experts from academia, in particular from KIT-AIFB and FZI, and industry discussed recent developments in the area at the 31th AIK-Symposium "Smart Energy" on October 23rd, 2015.

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Maribel Acosta wins Best Student Paper Award at K-Cap 2015

October 11th 2015 - Maribel Acosta of the group Web Science and Knowledge Management (Prof. Studer / Prof. Sure-Vetter) won the Best Student Paper Award at the 8th International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-Cap), Palisades, USA, 2015 with the paper "HARE: A Hybrid Engine to Query Answers via Crowdsourcing".

ISAS-ZAK cooperation awarded by "Germany - Land of ideas"

Media art is often so space consuming that it can hardly be exhibited permanently. The cooperation between ISAS and ZAK „e-Installation – Virtual experience-room for media art" (German: "Virtueller Erlebnisraum für Medienkunst") aims at preserving works of media art for future generations by means of telepresence.

The project was awarded on September 23, 2015 as "Distiguished location 2015" by the initiave "Germany - Land of ideas" .

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Prof. Heinz Wörn awarded honorary doctorate degree

Prof. Heinz Wörn, Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics, received on March 18, 2015 from the Ufa State Aviation Technical University, Russia, the honorary doctorate degree, for his long-standing commitment to the German-Russian cooperation in the area of robotics and automation.

Successful grant application for InterACT

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) approved the proposal “Continuous Learning in International Collaborative Studies” (CLICS), which provides the International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (InterACT) with a four years support. CLICS will develop three international Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in the areas of automatic speech recognition, machine translation and robotics.  To facilitate international access to the MOOCs automatic transcription and translation technology will be used.

Prof. Dorothea Wagner in the German Council of Science and Humanities

In January 2015 Federal President Joachim Gauck appointed Prof. Dorothea Wagner, Institute of Theoretical Informatics (ITI), to serve for three years in the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).

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30 Years FZI

On January 28-29, 2015 the FZI Research Center for Information Technology celebrated its 30th anniversary by organizing the congress “30 Years of Knowledge Transfer” with presentations on key topics like security, mobility, health care, industry 4.0, logistics, robotics, and energy. An Open House event rounded the program.

Prof. Jörg Henkel elevated to IEEE Fellow

Prof. Jörg Henkel (Chair for Embedded Systems) has been elevated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, 2015, for his "contributions to hardware/software codesign of embedded computing systems". IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

Prof. Alexander Waibel elevated to IEEE Fellow

Prof. Alexander Waibel  (Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics) has been elevated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, 2015, for his "contributions to neural network based speech recognition and translation and multimodal interfaces". IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

Forum Bildverarbeitung 2014

On November 27-28, 2014, the Forum Bildverarbeitung 2014, an international forum on image processing, will take place in Regensburg. The event is organized for the third time by the Institute for Industrial Information Technology (IIIT) at KIT together with the VDI/VDE-Gesellschaft Mess- und Automatisierungstechnik and Fraunhofer IOSB.

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KASTEL Team wins the 5th German IT-Security Prize

A joint cooperation between KASTEL and the Wibu-Systems AG was awarded on October 23, 2014, with the first prize of the 5th German IT Security Prize of the Horst Görtz Foundation for their Blurry Box® method for software protection.

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Team of Prof. T. Asfour wins the Best Poster Award at ICSR 2014

The results of a cooperation between the research group High Performance Humanoid Technologie (H²T) at KIT and the Takanishi Laboratory, Waseda University (Japan) were awarded with a best paper award on the "International Conference on Social Robotics": "A Novel Culture-Dependent Gesture Selection System for a Humanoid Performing Greeting Interaction", G. Trovato, M. Do, M. Kuramochi, M. Zecca, Ö. Terlemez, T. Asfour, A. Takanishi.

Professor Joachim Milberg visits the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics

Professor Joachim Milberg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG, visited on October 22, 2014, the Institut for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR).

Team of Prof. R. Stiefelhagen wins the IBM Best Student Paper Award at ICPR 2014

The Paper Z. Al-Halah, L. Rybok, R. Stiefelhagen, "What to Transfer - High-Level Semantics in Transfer Metric Learning for Action Similiarity" won the IBM Best Student Paper Award in the category „Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning“ at the 22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2014).

Prof. Puente Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Technisches Messen"

Since July 1, 2014 Prof. Puente serves together with Prof. Zagar (Uni Linz) as Editor-in-Chief of the renowned journal  Technisches Messen  (TM - Technical Measurement), a professional journal addressing the entire spectrum of  application-based industrial measurement technology.