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 qualifies for the SpaceBot Cup

16 Mar 2013
Jacobs Robotics is one of ten teams that qualified for the SpaceBot Cup.

Presentation at the Körber Foundation

20 Feb 2013
On 07. February 2013, the editor-in-chief of GEO Martin Meister and Prof. Dr. Andreas Birk of the Jacobs Robotics Group had a panel discussion on machine intelligence ("Forscher fragen: Maschinelle Intelligenz") at the Körber Forum in Hamburg, Germany.

Will robots dominate humanity in the future?

24 Sep 2012
As part of the Jacobs Kids University, on September 26th, Andreas Birk and Herbert Jaeger, will answer to the question "Will robots dominate humanity in the future?"

New dimensions: Jacobs Robotics successfully tests new 3D mapping camera

1 Aug 2012
As part of our activities in the MORPH project, we tested our newly developed high resolution 3D camera system in the waters off the Portuguese Azores islands.

EU Project MORPH

4 Apr 2012
As part of an EU project, the Jacobs Robotics Group is developing a new system for intelligent underwater robots in cooperation with eight national and European partners. MORPH – short for Marine Robotic System of Self Organizing, Logically Linked Physical Node – consists of a number of mobile components that are not physically, but virtually connected.