Service Robotics and Mobile Manipulation


In the research focus Service Robotics and Mobile Manipulation, FZI researchers develop new basic technologies and functions for flexible robot systems. Subsequently, these systems are used in various user scenarios to provide innovative services. This includes transport and logistic tasks, robotic assistance systems for smart homes and ambient assisted living (AAL), robot systems for networked and flexible production as well as for industrial and search and rescue tasks.

By combining the latest industrial components and innovative sensor systems with inherent mechatronic and sensor systems, service robots of the future such as assistance and service robot HoLLiE are already being created today. The researchers develop innovative planning methods and security concepts for HoLLiE that enable the robot to collaborate in hybrid teams of humans and robots not only in industrial production but also in the FZI Living Lab smartHome/AAL or in the context of ambient assisted living.

In order to provide reliable mobile manipulation, existing methods for a robust, multimodal environmental sensing as well as the safe navigation in dynamic environments are constantly being enhanced. Furthermore, through these methods, the possible use of classic driverless transport systems can be extended to flexible service and transport systems by introducing new interaction possibilities and the latest sensor concepts. The numerous robot systems and the various application fields at the FZI make it possible to thoroughly test and evaluate not only various basic technologies but also entire robot systems in demanding and realistic scenarios.

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Dipl.-Ing. Arne Rönnau




Arne Rönnau studierte von 2002 bis 2008 Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik an der Universität Karlsruhe (TH). Die Schwerpunkte des Studiums lagen in den Bereichen der Regelungs- und Steuerungstechnik sowie Robotik. Seine Diplomarbeit befasste sich mit der Steuerung und 3D-Umweltmodellierung für den sechsbeinigen Laufroboter LAURON. Diese führte er in Kooperation mit der Technischen Universität Karlsruhe in der Abteilung Interaktive Diagnose- und Servicesysteme (IDS) am Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) durch. Seit November 2008 ist er wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung IDS und arbeitet an der Optimierung von technischen Laufvorgängen (Laufroboter LAURON), 3D-Datenerfasssung und Umweltmodellierung sowie der Entwicklung innovativer Serviceroboter.

Seit April 2011 leitet er die Abteilung Interaktive Diagnose- und Servicesysteme (IDS).


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