Our research is oriented towards two long-term goals: While the goal of neuroinformatics is the development of machine intelligence by understanding and emulating neural information processing and learning processes, cognitive robotics aims at the emergence of action-oriented intelligence in sensorimotor technical systems, such as robots or autonomous vehicles. Both areas complement each other both from a methodological and an application-oriented point of view and are being worked on in parallel and across the board. They are funded by the EU, the DFG, the federal government, the Free State of Thuringia and industry.

Our research interests in the area of neuroinformatics and machine learning include modern deep learning methods with applications in computer vision and robotics as well as reinforcement learning for the acquisition and coordination of sensorimotor behavior.

Our research interests in Cognitive Robotics include multimodal person perception, visual scene analysis, person-centered autonomous robot navigation, and multimedia human-robot interaction with applications in social assistance and rehabilitation robotics. Our focus is on everyday usability in real-world domestic and public use scenarios.

Important research highlights of our field were the development of the world's first mobile shopping assistance robot TOOMAS (2007) suitable for everyday use, the mobile home-based assistance robots (Companions) for elderly people(CompanionAble 2012, ALIAS 2013, SERROGA 2015, SYMPARTNER 2018), and the mobile robotic rehabilitation assistants ROREAS (2015) and ROGER (2019) for gait training in rehabilitation after strokes and orthopedic surgeries.... Link



We offer courses on basic and advanced concepts of neuroinformatics and machine learning as well as cognitive robotics in the bachelor's and master's programs of computer science and other programs at TU Ilmenau.

Our courses cover the following topics: Fundamentals of Neuroinformatics and Machine Learning, Deep Learning for Computer Vision, Applied Neuroinformatics, Reinforcement Learning, Cognitive Robotics, Robotvision, Human-Computer Interaction, and Soft Computing. In all courses, we emphasize high-quality, up-to-date teaching oriented to the international state of research.... Link


We publish primarily in international peer-reviewed journals and major international conferences focusing on robotics, computer vision, neurocomputing, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. Most of our publications can be found in ICRA, IROS, RO-MAN, WCNN, IJCNN, ICANN, ICORR, ECMR, BioRob, SMC, IAS and ICSR.... Link


We are an interdisciplinary team of PhD students, postdocs, technical staff and student assistants from the fields of computer science, engineering computer science, biomedical engineering, media technology and cybernetics. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. Horst-Michael Groß since 1993....Link

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