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 EECS undergraduate teaching activities, in the CS graduate program SmartSystems, and in the COSYP graduate program of the Jacobs Research Center on Cognitive Systems and Processes (COSYP).

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, machine learning and cooperation are core themes of robotics research at Jacobs University. The systems developed here are used in various domains, including safety, security and rescue robots (SSRR) and underwater robotics.


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.

EU-Project MORPH: Underwater Robotics trials in Girona

22 Apr 2014
A number of autonomous underwater and surface vehicles from several European institutions including Jacobs University have just been tested in the waters off the Spanish Costa Brava.

New EU-project CADDY

11 Dec 2013
The Jacobs Robotics group contributes with its marine robotics research to the new EU-project "Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy (CADDY)".

Successful Participation in the SpacebotCup 2013

15 Nov 2013
The Jacobs Robotics group successfully participated in the Spacebot Cup 2013 where robots have to independently solve difficult tasks on a planet-simulated surface built into a motocross hall.