Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Lab

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard

Our research is focused on intelligent robots, i.e., robots that perceive their environment and interpret their perceptions to generate actions allowing them to effectively achieve their goals. We work on innovative technology for semantic interpretation, object detection and manipulation, environment mapping, localization, and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). We typically address these problems using modern probabilistic and machine learning-based approaches. The solutions we offer are applicable to mobile manipulation robots, robotic navigation, and autonomous vehicles.

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard, Founding Chair Department Engineering

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard
Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Current Research Projects

Bayerisches Spitzenprofessurenprogramm (SPP)

Building on work on AI-based and probabilistic navigation, machine learning methods will be used to develop new approaches for more robust navigation methods, especially in dynamic environments.

From 2022 onward, Professor Burgard has held the prestigious “Spitzenprofessur” (Top Professorship) in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.The SSP program, which is a part of the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria, represents research funding at the highest level. The top professors are appointed for a five-year term and receive an endowment of up to five million euros.

Completed Research Projects


  • IMBIT: Institute for Machine Brain Interfacing Technology
    German Science Council, 2021
  • OML: Organic Machine Learning
    BMBF, 2019-2022
  • NaRKo: Compliant Service Robots for Logistics in Hospitals
    BMBF 2016-2019
  • Flourish: Aerial Data Collection and Analysis, and Automated Ground Intervention for Precision Farming
    EU-Horizon 2020, 2016-2019
  • RobDream: Optimizing Robot Performance while Dreaming
    EU-Horizon 2020, 2015-2018
  • Squirrel: Clearing clutter bit by bit
    EU-IST IP, 2013-2018
  • EUROPA2: European Pedestrian Robot 2
    EU-IST STREP, 2013-2018 (Coordinator)
  • BrainLinks-BrainTools: Cluster of Excellence, German Research Foundation
    German Research Foundation, 2012-2019
  • Rovina: Robots for Exploration, Digital Preservation and Visualization of Archeological Sites
    EC, 2013-2015
  • HYBRIS-C1: Planning and Action Control under Uncertainty for Mobile Manipulation Tasks
    German Research Foundation, 2012-2014
  • Tidy-up-Robot: Mobile Manipulation in Real-World-Environments
    PR-2 Beta ProgramWillow Garage, 2010-2012
  • TAPAS: Robotics-enabled Logistics and Assistive Services for the Transformable Factory of the Future.
    EU-IST STREP, 2010-2014
  • RADHAR: Robotic Adaptation of Robots Adapting to Humans
    EU-IST STREP, 2010-2013
  • First-MM: Flexible Skill Acquisition and Intuitive Robot Tasking for Mobile Manipulation in the Real World
    EU-IST STREP, 2010-2013 (Coordinator)
  • EUROPA: European Pedestrian Robot
    EU-IST STREP, 2009-2012 (Coordinator)
  • Mobile Robot Navigation
    KUKA Roboter GmbH
  • RAWSEEDS: Robotics Advancement through Webpublishing of Sensorial and Elaborated Extensive Data Sets
    EU-IST SSA, 2006-2009
  • SLAM: Simultaneous Mapping and Localization
    Toyota Europe, 2007-2009
  • Technology for Operations
    ESA, 2007
  • Situation Recognition
    Siemens AG, 2006-2008
  • muFly: Fully Autonomous Micro Helicopter
    EU-IST STREP, 2006-2009
  • INDIGO: Interaction with Personality and Dialogue Enabled Robots
    EU-IST STREP, 2006- 2009
  • EµS: Graduate School Embedded Microsystems
    German Research Foundation, 2005-2008
  • CoSy: Cognitive Systems for Cognitive Assistants
    EU-IST IP, 2005-2008
  • DESIRE: German Service-Robotics-Initative
    German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), 2005-2008
  • MultiRob: Multi-Robot-Coordination
    Project within the Transegional Research Center Spatial Cognition (SFB-TR8), 2003-2014
  • 3D-Map: Three-Dimensional Map Construction
    Project within the Transegional Research Center Spatial Cognition (SFB-TR8), 2003-2014
  • ObjectSpace: Human and robot navigation in structured environments
    Project within the Transegional Research Center Spatial Cognition (SFB-TR8), 2007-2014
  • WEBFAIR: Web-Based Tele-Presence on Trade-Fairs with Mobile Robots
    EU-IST Project, 2001-2004
  • TOURBOT: Museum Tele-Presence through Robotic Avatars
    EU-IST Project, 2000-2001
  • Robotic Tele-Lab
    Ministry for Research of the state Northrhine Westfalia, 1997-1999
  • Documentation Information and Communication Technology NRW
    Ministry for Research of the state Northrhine Westfalia, 1996-1997
  • Illumination Planning for Hardcoal Mines
    Ruhrkohle Bergbau AG, 1990-1992


List of publications of Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard on Google Scholar

List of publications of Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard on dblp


Yannik Blei

Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Michael Krawez

Postdoctoral Researcher

Reihaneh Mirjalili

Doctoral Researcher

Maya Sitaram

Doctoral Researcher

Multi-Robot Systems

Satellite Lab

Dr. Tanja Kaiser, Senior Researcher 

In multi-robot systems, two or more intelligent robots collaborate to perform tasks. The intelligent robots act in a targeted manner based on their perceptions. Compared to monolithic robots, multi-robot systems offer advantages in efficiency, versatility, and robustness. This makes multi-robot systems particularly suitable for critical applications such as search and rescue or for complex tasks such as construction. At the Multi-Robot Systems Satellite Lab, we are working on homogeneous and heterogeneous multi-robot systems, hybrid design methodologies, and adaptive multi-robot systems to solve complex real-world tasks. We meet these challenges with modern approaches of artificial intelligence. 


List of publications of Tanja Kaiser auf Google Scholar

List of publications of Tanja Kaiser auf dblp


Dr. Tanja Kaiser

Senior Researcher

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