Research and Development in Robotic Systems

Safe Human-Robot Interaction

Humans and Robots in Shared Work Areas

High safety standards must be met when humans and robots work together in one area. Any risk of injury to humans must be fully eliminated. The development of new safety technologies and components for safe human-robot interaction is one of our main research specializations. What is more, we can test the safety of robots in our Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory.

Range of Services

  • Development of sensor systems that monitor workplaces and detect contact between humans and robots (artificial skin)
  • Development of safe manipulators for interaction and cooperation with humans without protective barriers
  • Consulting on safety standards and designs for robots and assistance systems
  • Testing of robotic systems, sensors and manipulators for use in shared work areas (Fraunhofer IFF Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory)




Smart Human Oriented Platform for Connected Factories



Being safe around collaborative and versatile robots in shared spaces



“Collaborative Robotics For Assembly and Kitting in Smart Manufacturing”



Development and validation of tactile sensor systems for reliable collision detection during human-robot interaction.


Capacitive Sensors

Industrial Robots with a Proximity Detection System for Safe Human-Robot Collaboration.



Validation of advanced collaborative robotics for industrial applications.


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.


Verified Thresholds

The Fraunhofer IFF has developed a test setup with a pendulum, which has been approved by an ethics commission. It allows collision tests with human subjects for the first time to determine maximum load.


Constrained and Unconstrained Collisions

Developing a conversion function that converts the measured maximum forces of a constrained collision into the maximum forces of an unconstrained collision.


Biomechanical Thresholds

Study on current situation and further need for biomechanical thresholds for mechanical risk assessments of work areas with human-robot collaboration.


STIMULATE Research Campus

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



Stationary robotic assistance system for die making.



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



Bionic arm kinematics for robotic applications in safe human-machine interaction.


Tactile Sensor Systems

Tactile sensor systems are a key technology for detecting collision and limiting contact forces in applications that allow humans and robots to interact directly.


Pressure-sensitive Flooring

Tactile sensor systems integrated in flooring measure forces acting on it with a spatial resolution.


Collision Testing for Mechanical Risk Analysis

Laboratory and testing facility enables it to test every variable of simulated human-robot collisions relevant to safety, regardless of the particular type of robot.



Integration strategies for sensor-based workspace monitoring.



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



Novel optical workspace monitoring solutions ensure a safe cooperation and collaboration of humans and robots in common workspaces.


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.



Safe human-robot cooperation with high payload robots.