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.

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

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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