Automation and Robotics

Innovative Technologies for Automation and Robotics

The industrial production is heading towards its 4th revolution: after the invention of mechanical machines, assembly lines and the first programmable logic controllers, information and communication technologies are up-and-coming. Machines communicate with machines, things with things, and both of it with human beings, of course. We develop concepts, methods, tools and software/hardware solutions for design, planning, commissioning and secure operation of ICT-automated production. Besides, we work on autonomous robots for flexible manufacturing and assistance.

The experts have introduced the terms Industry 4.0 and “Integrated Industry“ in place of the ICT-automated production of the next generation. The systems themselves are referred to as cyber physical systems. They arise from networking and interaction of resources among themselves as well as with human beings in their new role as participants of the semi-autonomous operating overall system. At the FZI, six work priorities are in the focus of the application area of automation and robotics: conception, development of architectures, security, mobile production robots, user support and knowledge-based diagnosis. In this process, we work closely with partners from the industry.

For further information on our research focuses please have a look at the tabs of the same name.

The FZI Living Lab smartAutomation and the FZI Living Lab Service Robotics serve us as research environment.

The FZI is an accredited PROFIBUS Test Laboratory.

Research Focuses

Design Automation and Life Cycle Management

The research focus "Design Automation and Life Cycle Management" focuses on technologies and methods for the design, safeguarding as well as feedback and analysis of the condition and effectiveness of complex intelligent systems. Thus, it is possible to holistically analyse and model the various dependencies and requirements concerning intelligent systems throughout their entire life cycle.

Embedded Systems and Embedded Security

The research focus "Embedded Systems and Embedded Security" works on the one hand on the further development of tools for the modelling and evaluation of electric/electronic architectures as well as on the management and evaluation of modelling and analysis methods for functional security in early stages of the development life cycle. Moreover, the focus is set on the development support of innovative and resource-efficient driver assistance systems, including the challenges of software testing and debugging under real-time conditions.

Software and ICT Security

In the research focus "Software and ICT Security", security problems of IT systems are examined and solutions are developed. The offers of support reach from threat and security analyses to the conception of safe and secure protocols and systems.

Industrial Automation

The planning of industrial plants with a high degree of automation is a challenging task. Their solutions have to meet the impacts, boundary conditions and requirements.The research focus "Industrial Automation" develops innovative technologies for the automation and production of tomorrow.

Service Robotics and Mobile Manipulation

In the research focus "Service Robotics and Mobile Manipulation" new basic technologies and functions for flexible robot systems are developed, which subsequently are implemented in various application scenarios, in order to be able to offer innovative services.

Contact Person

Dipl.-Ing. Arne Rönnau

Department Manager



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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