The DFKI Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), headed by Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner, develops mobile, next generation robot systems, that solve complex tasks autonomously and interact safely with their environment. The research department closely cooperates with the Robotics Group at the University of Bremen.
In the automotive sector the RIC does research in the fields of electric mobility, autonomous driving, driving assistance and new mobility concepts. From 2009 to 2015 it was responsibly involved in projects of the Electromobility Model Region Bremen/Oldenburg. The resulting "intelligent On-Board Unit (iOBU)" allows an extensive collection and evaluation of position and vehicle data, used for example as a basis for recommendations for action and to support systems with up-to-date information. The robotic vehicle "EO smart connecting car 2", which was developed at RIC, shows from the researchers perspective how vehicles must be constructed and equipped in AI and robotics to satisfy future mobility requirements.
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The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), with locations in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen (with a branch office in Osnabrück) and a project office in Berlin, is the leading research center in Germany in the field of innovative software technology using Artificial Intelligence. The location in Bremen, founded in 2006, is home to the Robotics Innovation Center. More than 100 employees from all over the world and about 80 student assistants work at the RIC.