SeRoNet - Service Robotics Network

The project SeRoNet is a network of eleven partners from research and industry sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with the aim of opening up new, more efficient ways of developing (service-) robot solutions for a variety of tasks in medium-sized businesses.

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart, five research institutes and three automation companies are working with three pilot users on a new, innovative concept for the division-based development, production and use of robot solutions in the areas of intralogistics and manufacturing.

Divisional system development

SeRoNet aims to develop a growth-based, open platform that brings equipment robotics and service providers together. The development process should be designed in such a way that the first system design can already be realised economically and technically without many iterations. The classic linear value chain is replaced by a value added network, in which manufacturers, system integrators and end users cooperate dynamically as actors in the development and operation of service robots.

Manufacturer-independent standards and component catalogues

The SeRoNet platform supports these value networks by providing access to ontology-based domain knowledge, i.e. a catalogue-like classification system. On the other hand, it provides access to a directory service for standardised (OPC-UA) software modules, e.g. as for the robot arm, and thus offers the various actors a common basis for communication. End users will specify their requirements via the platform in guided dialogues and will be able to choose from various solution classes, i.a. depending on the automation degree. System integrators can provide users with concrete solution offerings based on the requirements captured by the platform and the hardware and software components available there.  Component manufacturers have the opportunity to offer products via the platform and to ensure compatibility with the SeRoNet "modular system" using tools provided.

Holistic solution for the platform interaction

Guidelines for the development process of software and model-based tools such as a development environment support the actors in all phases of the product life cycle from the application specification to the solution development to the integration into existing processes of the user. Semantic models for describing components, systems and applications simplify the smooth coordination as well as finding suitable components and solutions. A standardised execution platform bridges the gap between hardware modules for service robots and implemented software components, from hardware drivers to complete application scenarios.

Wide user base desired

Starting in summer 2019, SeRoNet will support interested component manufacturers, system integrators and end users through a platform fund integrated in the project to bring components and solutions onto the platform and to implement their first customer-specific applications. Interested parties can then apply for financial and technical support. In this way, the project partners want to achieve the highest possible dissemination of their developments.

Contact person

M.Sc. Georg Heppner

Vice Department Manager



Georg Heppner studierte von 2006 bis 2009 Technische Informatik an der Fachhochschule Wedel. Das Bachelor Studium, wie auch die Abschlussarbeit "Optimierung der Erkennungsraten eines RFID-Systems zum automatischen Erfassen von Warnumschlägen von Flurförderzeugen" beschäftigten sich vor allem mit hardwarenahen Themen der Informatik.

Im Masterstudium am KIT (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie) von 2009 bis 2012 vertiefte er sein Informatikstudium mit den Schwerpunktbereichen Robotik und Eingebettete Systeme. Seine Masterarbeit "Analyse der Energieeffizienz eines sechsbeinigen Laufroboters"  fertigte er am FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik in der Abteilung "Interaktive Diagnose und Servicesysteme" (IDS) an.

Seit März 2012 ist er wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung IDS am FZI. Hier betreut er weiterhin den Laufroboter LAURON IV und baut die neue Generation LAURON V auf. Forschungsschwerpunkte sind vor allem das biologisch inspirierte Laufen und Energieaspekte.

Im Rahmen seiner Promotion beschäftigt beschäftigt er sich Schwerpunktmäßig mit der Lösung komplexer Aufgaben mit kooperativen Flugrobotern.


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