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KIT Science Week 2021
KIT Science Week 2021
scientific conference and DGR Days:
The Human in the Center of Learning Systems

The KIT Science Week from October 5 - 10 2021 combines a high-level international scientific conference with events for the public. The goal is to put humans back at the center of learning systems by stimulating a discourse on the development of trustworthy, tangible, adaptive, and human-inspired AI technologies.

The scientific conference as well as the DGR Days included in it will take place online in English. Participation is free of charge.

To the conference website
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DGR Days as part of the scientific conference:
The Human in the Center of Learning Systems

Part of the scientific conference taking place within the KIT Science Week from October 6 - 8, 2021 are the DGR Days, where the interdisciplinary German robotics community consisting of (young) scientists and research institutions in robotics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science will come together.

To the DGR Days website
Humanoids Logo 20202020 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
The H2T nominated for all awards of the Humanoids Conference 2020

Scientific contributions of the H2T were nominated for all four awards of the 2020 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots.

Congratulations to all nominees and the winners!

Three gripper robots standing side by side
Article: Intelligent robots that can learn to recycle hazardous hardware

The European project IMAGINE demonstrated how to endow robots with the ability to understand their action effects  in the context of the recycling of electromechanical devices such as computer hard drives (HDD).  KIT developed a multi-function gripper that is able to perform a set of actions, such as pick, drop, lever, unscrew,  etc. that are needed for disassembly tasks. The actions are learned from human demonstration and represented as via-point movement primitives allowing the adaptation to new situations.  See article at CORDIS EU research results.

To the article in German
ICRA 2021, Xi'an, China
Workshop on Semantic Representations for Robotics through Continuous Interaction and Incremental Learning, ICRA 2021, Xi'an, China

Together with the team of Prof. Wolfram Burgard from University Freiburg we organized the workshop on "Semantic Representations for Robotics through Continuous Interaction and Incremental Learning" at the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021). Detailed information about the workshop can be found at the workshops webpage.

New Trailer of the Science Camp Robotics

We are pleased to present the results of the last camp in the form of a trailer. The event takes place regularly and in cooperation between the KIT research group H²T, the KIT Center Information - Systems - Technology (KCIST), and the ZML. Here, students can learn basic concepts of robotics and computer science, which they put into practice by programming the humanoid robot NAO.

For more information about our school activities please click here

To the video
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ARMAR-6 at the Results Conference of the Hightech-Forum

together.grow.shape – under this motto, key players from research, economy and society from all over Germany will meet on April 21, 2021 for the virtual results conference of the high-tech forum. The high-tech forum is the federal government's central innovation policy advisory body for the implementation of the high-tech strategy 2025.

H²T's research on humanoid robotics and artificial intelligence has also been selected for presentation in an online video. Don't miss it!


Further information
The H²T wishes all a merry and peaceful Christmas season

Here you can download the full Christmas Card

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KIT will realize Real-world Lab "Robotic Artificial Intelligence"

With its real-world lab "Robotic Artificial Intelligence", KIT will make artificial intelligence tangible through bidirectional exchange between society and research.

"The exchange of knowledge and experience goes in both directions in a real-world lab: Research and application come together at eye level, so that we can then develop precisely the technologies that people really need and want", says Tamim Asfour about the project.


Press release

Armar-3 emptying the dishwasher
Staying young in old age with assistance robots

The KIT, funded by the Carl-Zeiss Foundation, is researching a new generation of personalized humanoid robots. These helpers are to take over everyday household tasks in order to ensure the independence of elderly people. In addition, exoscellets are being developed that support the personal mobility of senior citizens and enable a targeted training of their motor and cognitive abilities.

For further information, please refer to the public press release of KIT and to the other projects supported by the Carl-Zeiss Foundation.

Dr. Klein at H2T
Visit Dr. Klein

On October 8, 2020, Dr. Klein from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing visited the Chair of High Performance Humanoid Technologies (H²T). Together with Dr. Stefan Suwelack, Managing Director of Renumics GmbH, the progress of the joint MeshAI project was discussed, which investigates the automatic processing of CAD models using machine learning methods.

Science Camp Robotik Online
Science Camp Robotik Online

In the Science Camp Robotics, interested students learn how to program and control a robot themselves. Due to current restrictions, this year's Science Camp had to take place online. More information is available on Twitter and from the ZML.

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Minister Kristina Sinemus and State Secretary Katrin Schütz at H2T

On August 10, 2020 the Hessian Minister for Digital Strategy and Development Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus and Katrin Schütz, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Württemberg, visited the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics. They gained insights into the current state of research in Artificial Intelligence using the examples of humanoid assistive and collaborative robotics, intuitive human-robot interaction, personalized hand prostheses and augmented exoskeletons.

Promotion Markus Grotz

Dipl.-Inform. Markus Grotz successfully passed his doctoral examination.

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.

Promotion Samuel Rader

M. Sc. Samuel Rader successfully passed his doctoral examination.

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.

Promotion You Zhou

M. Sc. You Zhou has successfully passed his doctoral examination.

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.

Regulations concerning our courses in SS 2020

In SS 2020 all lectures at H2T are offered online and as recordings. The lectures are held in German but with slides in English. As in the past, a simultaneous translation of the lectures into English is also offered with the Lecture Translator. With the exception of the "Motion in Man and Machine" seminar, all practical courses, basic practical courses and seminars will also take place.

Further information on the schedule as well as links to the recordings can be found here.

Winfried Kretschmann | New Year's Speech 2020

In his new year's speech, Minister President Winfried Kretschmann reports on three encounters that impressed him last year - one of them at KIT, with our robots.

Resource: GovernmentBW@YouTube




Promotion Simon Ottenhaus
Promotion Simon Ottenhaus

Dipl.-Ing. Simon Ottenhaus has successfully passed his doctoral examination.

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.

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Winfried Kretschmann and Robert Habeck at H2T

On Friday, 22 November 2019, Baden-Württemberg's Minister President Winfried Kretschmann and the Federal Chairman of the Green Party Robert Habeck visited the Chair of High Performance Humananoid Technologies (H²T). During the visit, they gained insight into the current state of research on the topics of humanoid assistance robotics in households, collaborative humanoid robotics for industrial applications and intelligent hand prostheses and exoskeletons.

TV channel Baden-TV reports about or European Robotics Week | Open house 2019

The TV channel Baden-TV currently reports about our humanoid robots ARMAR-III, ARMAR-6, our intelligent prostheses and our exoskeletons within the scope of the European Robotics Week | Open house 2019 (Resource: Baden-TV)

European Robotics Week 2019



Open House 2019

Once again the H²T lab will open its doors and give an insight into its current research in humanoid robot technologies within the framework of the European Robotics Week 2019.

More information

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ISRR 2019

The International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR) 2019 will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam. General Co-Chair is Professor Tamim Asfour. ISRR is one of the pioneering symposia in robotics worlwide and it promotes the development and dissemination of groundbreaking research and technological innovation in robotics with emphasis on its potential role to benefit humans.
ISRR 2019 website

Open House Day 2019 at KIT

Last Saturday the KIT Open House Day took place at Campus East. The H2T lab was again part of the KCIST tent with some of its exhibits and gave insights to visitors into current research areas regarding wearable robotics.

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Promotion Jonas BeilH2T
Promotion Jonas Beil

Dipl.-Ing. Jonas Beil has successfully passed his doctoral examination.

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.


Picture Promotion Jonas Beil

ROBDEKON Kickoff Event

At 25.06.2019 the kickoff event of the project ROBDEKON took place at the Fraunhofer Institute IOSB in Karlsruhe. The aim of this BMBF-funded project is to investigate autonomous and semi-autonomous robot systems for decontamination in misanthropic environments. 

50 Jahre Informatik am KIT
50 years Informatics at KIT

The H2T took part in the festivities on the 50th anniversary of informatics in Germany. We showed some of our robotic systems, exoskeletons and prosthetic hands. The KIT was one of the first German universities including computer science in its teaching. 

Further information can be found in the KIT press-archive

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Wissbegierige, Anwender, Wettkämpfer und Fachexpertise auf einem Fleck

Vergangene Woche, vom 17. – 18.05.2019, fand die vom Lehrstuhl für Hochperformante Humanoide Technologien (H2T) des Instituts für Anthropomatik und Robotik (IAR) am KIT in Zusammenarbeit mit der ETH Zürich organisierte CYBATHLON Powered ARM and LEG Prosthesis Series statt.


Robotics-BOGY-internship 2019
from 06.-10. May 2019

13 students from different schools were at our institute to complete their BOGY internship. Here, the students could work with the humanoid robot Nao and program it graphically or build up the Lego Mindstorms robot and then program it in Java.

more informationen

AsWeR19 Symposium and Cybathlon

The Cybathlon Prosthesis Series the AsWeR Symposium on Assistive and Wearable Robotics happen on May

16-18, 2019.  Both events will take place in Karlsruhe at the REHAB exhibition. The Symposium AsWeR 2019 aims to encourage scientific discussions on the development, design, control and application of wearable robotic technologies.
Algorithms learn to learn
09. May 2019

Jonas Rothfuss, H2T Alumnus, will present his research in a talk titled "Algorithms learn to learn" during the Annual Celebration of KIT on May 16, 2019 in the Gartenhalle Karlsruhe.

[AsWeR19] Call for Papers opened
02. April 2019

The Call for Papers for the Symposium on Assistive and Wearable Robotic Technologies is open. Extended abstracts (max. 1 A4 page) can be submitted under the following link:

More information is available under:

Final race of the Lego Mindstorms lecture
04. February 2019

The final race of the Lego-Mindstorms lecture took place in front of numerous spectators. At the event, the students learn to design a mobile robot using a Lego construction kit and to overcome various obstacles. The students competed in a friendly competition to determine the fastest robot.

Promotion Lukas Kaul
Promotion Lukas Kaul
Wednesday, 23.01.2019

M.Sc. Lukas Kaul has successfully passed his doctoral examination.

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.


Foto doctoral examination Lukas Kaul

Tag der offenen Tür 2018

Auch dieses Jahr gibt das H2T Einblick in seine aktuelle Forschung im Rahmen der European Robotics Week am 21.11.2018.

Weitere Informationen

CoRL-Paper in Import AI Newsletter


The CoRL 2018 accepted paper  "Model-Based Reinforcement Learning via Meta-Policy Optimization" from the authors I. Clavera, J. Rothfuss, J. Schulman, Y. Fujita, T. Asfour and P. Abbeel has been discussed in the Import AI Newsletter.

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Robotics AI Symposium in Paris

The French Académie des sciences and the German Akademie of Sciences Leopoldina organize the Symposium "Data Science versus Motion Intelligence" to strengthen the cooperation between France and Germany in Robotics AI. The organizers are Jean-Paul Laumond and Tamim Asfour.

Further information
(German only)

Exam dates

The exam dates for SS 2018 and WS 18/19 are online.

Exam dates

The H²T is displaying its humanoid robot ARMAR-6 as part of the KIT stand at the CeBIT in Hannover. In continuous live demonstrations, the robot shows its capabilities to intelligently and proactively assist a human coworker in the context of an industrial maintenance task. We cordially invite you to visit us in Hall 27, Stand G52.

go to the CeBIT Video

MINT Congress at Goethe Gymnasium
MINT Congress at Goethe Gymnasium
Friday, 08.06.2018

As part of the MINT congress organized by the Goethe Gymnasium, our 3 PhD students introduced the MINT study programs to the school girls and held two workshops during which the school girls were familiarized with the programming of the humanoid robot NAO.

more information

Prof. Tamim Asfour
Faculty Teaching Award at Department of Informatics
April 2018

Prof. Asfour became laureate of the faculty teaching award of the KIT department of Informatics 2018. The prize, worth 10,000 euros, is awarded annually in the faculties of KIT and highlights challenging teaching achievements, including interdisciplinarity, high research experience and research orientation.

Girls'Day 2018
Girls'Day 2018 @ H2T
Thursday, 26.04.2018

During this years' Girls' Day on 27.04.2017, H²T invited interested visitors to our lab.
We explained what is meant by "anthropomatics" and presented our humanoid robots ARMAR-IIIa, ARMAR-4 and the NAO roboters from Aldebaran Robotics.
More information about the Girls'Day at the KIT Department for Informatics can be found here.

   Julia Starke
am 24. April 2018

Julia Starke got the Dr.-Jürgen-Ulderup-Preis for her outstanding master degree in mechatronics. This price is given to the best graduates of the Faculty of Mechnical Engineering at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. We congratulate her for this award.

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Bogy Praktikum 2018
vom 16.-20. April 2018

13 Schüler von verschiedenen Gymnasium waren an unserem Institut, um ihr Bogy Praktikum zu absolvieren. Hier konnten die Schüler mit dem humanoiden Roboter Nao arbeiten und diesen selbst graphisch programmieren oder den Roboter Asuro selbst zusammen löten und anschließend in C programmieren.

Chinese Students visited H2T
Friday, 09.02.2018

A group of middle-school students from Tsinghua University High School International (THSI) in Beijing visited our lab. Professor Asfour gave a talk to the research on Humanoid Robot in H2T. The students had a chance to have a close look at Humanoid Robot family ARMAR. 

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Lego Mindstorms practical course: Final Race
Monday, 05.02.2018

The final race for the mindstorms practical course took place. In this practical course students build a mobile robot using Lego and program it to master different ostacles. In the last session of the practical course the students robots participated in a well-attended race through the parcours.

Link to the practical course

Robotik-AG at CyberForum
Wednesday, 31.01.2018

The CyberForum hosted an event for students, kids, professionals and employers. On this occasion the Robotik-AG of the Goethe-Gymnasium showed what they have learned and programmed during the last two years. The pupils programmed the humanoid robot Nao of Aldebaran SoftBank Robotics. More information for the event can be found here.

ARMAR-6 in the English Press
Thursday, 11.01.2018

"The Guardian" and "The Daily Mail" published in their online news an article about the new ARMAR-6 robot, which can help warehouse workers complete tasks using artificial intelligence.

Go to the Guardian article

Go to the Daily Mail article

Innotruck visits H2T
Thursday, 11.01.2018

The BMBF-Initiative Innotruck visited H2T. The award winner and her daughter came to see our labs and made some experiments with the robot NAO.

Go to the Video

ARMAR-6 in the Heise News
Friday, 19.01.2018

Heise online reports in its newsticker about the new ARMAR-6 robot developed at H2T.

goto article

ARMAR-6 in the media
January 2018

The first press release featuring the humanoid robot ARMAR-6, developed at H2T, was launched. The robot is part of the EU-funded SecondHands research project and currently being used for research activities at OCADO Technology near London.

Article in IEEE Spectrum

Overview of press coverage

Publication in Science Robotics
Wednesday, 20.12.2017

The taxonomy of whole-body support poses developed at H²T has been presented in the article "A whole-body support pose taxonomy for multi-contact humanoid robot motions" published in Science Robotics.

Promotion Peter Kaiser
Promotion Peter Kaiser
Thursday, 21.12.2017

Dipl.-Inform. Peter Kaiser has gained his PhD degree. Congratulations from all his colleagues.


Presentation at NIPS Symposium
Thursday, 07.12.2017

The work "Parameter Space Noise for Exploration" by Plappert et al. has been presented at the Deep Reinforcement Learning Symposium within the NIPS 2017 in Long Beach, California.

Open House Day
Thursday, 22.11.2017

Within the European Robotics Week the High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab invited everybody to an open house day.

The humanoid robots of the ARMAR-family demonstrated their skills in an everyday environment by doing typical tasks and interacting with humans. Besides there was the possibility to interact personally with the humanoid robot NAO.