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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Dr.-Ing. Arne Rönnau

Department Manager



Arne Roennau studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), today's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), from 2002 to 2008. The focus of his studies was on control and robotics. His thesis was focussed on sensor-based 3D environmental modelling and foot point planning for the six-legged walking robot LAURON.

From 2008 to 2011, Arne Roennau worked as a robotics expert in the department Interactive Diagnosis and Service Systems (IDS) at FZI. During this time, he worked on the localization of mobile robots, real-time control of AGVs as well as the optimization of multi-legged walking robots.

In 2019, Arne Rönnau earned his doctorate summa cum laude at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on "Model-based design and optimization of multi-legged walking robots".

His current work focuses on Open Source Software (OSS), in particular ROS (Robot Operating System), human-robot collaboration (HRC), design of innovative service robotics applications such as the BratWurst Bot as well as learning deep neural networks/AI. His most important concern is the evaluation and transfer of these technologies into industrial, real world applications. Arne Rönnau is project manager in numerous public and industrial projects and coordinator of several national as well as federal research projects like AuRorA, VeriKI, CyberProtect.

Since 2011, Arne Roennau heads the department Interactive Diagnostic and Service Systems (IDS) within the research division Intelligent Systems and Production Engineering (ISPE). Besides, Arne Roennau is also the head of the FZI Living Lab Service Robotics since 2012.


Arne Roennau as served as reviewer for many international conferences like IEEE ICRA, IEEE/RSJ IROS, IEEE ICAR and many more. Besides he has also reviewed many articles for international journals likes IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters und IEEE Transactions on Robotics. Moreover, Arne Roennau was part of the Program Committees of the IEEE ECMR 2019.

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