German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence / Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI was founded in 1988 as a non-profit private research center dedicated to applied R&D in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). With branch institutes in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen, Osnabrück, Oldenburg and Berlin, and a staff of more than 1000, DFKI today is one of the largest “Centers of Excellence” with a focus on AI worldwide.

in Bremen is headed by Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner. At DFKI RIC, a staff of more than 100 researchers from all over the world are working together on R&D in robotics for a number of application areas, including space robotics, underwater robotics, agricultural robotics, logistic/industrial robotics, health robotics, and automated driving.

he DFKI’s Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) is specialized on AI-based robotics. An interdisciplinary and international team of more than 100 computer scientists, engineers, mechatronics specialists, mathematicians, technicians and other experts on robotics and AI s conceptualizes and develops both software and hardware for innovative robotic systems, with a strong focus on cognitive autonomous robots for applications in water, on land, and in space.

Supported by Bremen’s proximity to the North Sea, marine robotics is one of the core fields of expertise at DFKI RIC. The institute has an excellent research infrastructure to develop and test underwater robots and in the last years developed many innovative and cutting-edge systems together with partners from industry and academia.

Role in the Project:

In the DeeperSense project, DFKI RICs expertise in all technical fields related to underwater robotics, including underwater sensing and perception, will be combined with DFKIs proficiency in applied AI, in particular Machine Learning, to create new and innovative solutions for robotic environment perception. As DFKI is firmly rooted also in many non-marine application areas, the transfer DeeperSense results from Marine Robotics to other domains can be assured.