Research and Development in Robotic Systems

Assistive Robotics

Assistive Robots Support and Interact with Humans

Assistive robots constitute a new category of robots since they share a work area and interact directly with humans. Their distinctive feature is their capability to perceive their environment and individuals with the aid of sensors and intelligent algorithms, to communicate with people multimodally, to navigate autonomously and to make decisions independently. Navigation, cognition, multimodal interaction and safety are priorities of the Fraunhofer IFF’s development work.

Range of Services

  • Navigation (especially visual navigation) system development and environment modeling
  • Autonomous mobile robot development, specializing in kinematic, sensor and power supply systems
  • Systems integration
  • Multimodal human-robot interaction
  • Cognition in robotics
  • Analysis of the commercial potential of autonomous mobile robot and assistance systems




“Collaborative Robotics For Assembly and Kitting in Smart Manufacturing”



Validation of advanced collaborative robotics for industrial applications.


STIMULATE Research Campus

At the STIMULATE research campus, interdisciplinary teams are researching and developing image-guided minimally invasive methods of diagnostics and therapy.



Innovative autonomous and intuitively operated service robot for efficient handling and logistics.


Assistive Robot ANNIE

The assistive robot ANNIE developed at the Fraunhofer IFF is a mobile manipulator and is intended for future use for tasks in industry and business.



Stationary robotic assistance system for die making.


Visual Odometry

Precise autonomous robot localization in large environments such as factory buildings by visual odometry


Tactile User Interfaces

Tactile sensor systems applied as a pressure-sensitive skin to the surface of robots or other moving machine parts cannot only be used for safe collision detection, but also as user interfaces.



Universal and mobile lightweight robot arm for applications in hyperflexible cells based on igus robolink.



Experimental evaluation of advanced sensor-based supervision and work cell integration strategies.



Human safety is the fundamental prerequisite for human-robot interaction and cooperation and thus for the realization of new robot assistant systems.


Assistant Robot LiSA

Development, building and testing of a mobile assistant robot suitable for everyday routines, which will interact with lab technicians in the labs of life science companies and independently take over routine tasks.



Autonomous, flexible robot for welding large steel structures.