General Info

The Robotics group started at the very beginning of academic activities at Jacobs University in fall 2001. Much like Jacobs itself as a novel, highly selective institution in the German university landscape, the robotics group is comitted to excellence in research. The group is truly international with English as working language. Jacobs University was called International University Bremen (IUB) before 2007; you may hence find the name IUB for example in older publications on this website.

Jacobs Robotics is embedded in the research focus area Mobility with teaching activites in the department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering. Jacobs University offers the flagship BSc program Intelligent Mobile Systems (IMS), which is especially suited for students interested in robotics and intelligent systems.

The research of the group focuses on Autonomous Systems. The expertise in this field ranges from the development of embedded hardware over mechatronics and sensors to high-level software. On the basic research side of autonomous systems, 3D perception and world-modeling as well as cooperation are core themes of robotics research at Jacobs University. The systems developed here are used in various domains, including marine robotics, logistics, and safety, security and rescue robots (SSRR).


Kick-off for EU-funded research project DexROV: Driver Assistance for Underwater Robots for the Oil and Gas Industry

17 Mar 2015
Robotics experts from Jacobs University will be working together with European colleagues on a new EU-funded project to add more automated functions to underwater robots used in off-shore oil and gas production. Named ‘Driver Assistance for Underwater Robots for the Oil and Gas Industry’ (DexROV), the project is funded by the EU within the H2020 framework in the area ‘Bluegrowth’. The consortium, which is helmed by the Belgian company Space Applications Services, consists in seven partners from six countries, of which four are companies and three are research institutions. Jacobs University is funded with €653,000 within DexROV.

CADDY Project: Successful trials in the world’s deepest pool for research on robot-diver-interaction

11 Feb 2015
The EU project ‘Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy (CADDY)’ successfully finished its first year review including experimental trials in the Y-40 pool in Montegrotto, Italy. Within CADDY, the Jacobs Robotics Group is researching new processes to enable the interaction between underwater robots and divers as well as possibilities for underwater robots to assist divers during complex underwater missions.

Jacobs Robotics Group investigates use of robots for underwater inspection of bridges during floods

15 Jan 2015
The Robotics Group at Jacobs University has just started with research on the development of an intelligent robot for the underwater inspection of bridges. This latest work forms part of the the project 'Vulnerability of Transportation Structures, Warning and Evacuation in Case of Major Inland Flooding (FloodEvac)'. Bridges in particular are critical transport infrastructures during flooding. On the one hand they are crucial for disaster response logistics and evacuations; on the other hand they tend to be strongly affected by the floods often becoming unusable.

Jacobs Robotics paper among Finalists for ICRA'14 Best Paper Award

1 Jun 2014
The paper "Representing and Solving Local and Global Ambiguities as Multimodal and Hyperedge Constraints in a Generalized Graph SLAM Framework" by Max Pfingsthorn and Andreas Birk made it at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) among the finalist for the best paper award.

Cognitive Robots for Logistics Solutions demonstrated at the CEMAT fair

22 May 2014
The Jacobs Robotics group very successfully demonstrated intelligent robotics solutions for logistics applications at CEMAT, the leading fair for intralogistics currently taking place in Hanover.