»We are increasing the autonomous and semi-autonomous capabilities of robotic systems through interoperability and cognitive assistance functions.«

CMS | Cognitive Mobile Systems

The Cognitive Mobile Systems (CMS) department studies scientific issues in the context of mobile single- and multi-robot systems management. Mobile robot systems are tools that make it possible to carry out dangerous work from a distance. In so doing, they enable the protection of deployed personnel.

Reliable execution of more complex tasks is very difficult using today's standard direct remote control (teleoperation) of robot systems. By developing methods for spatial environmental perception and intelligent control and planning procedures, the department increases the autonomous capabilities of robot systems with the aim of purely supervisory management of multi-robot systems. Where direct remote control of individual robot systems remains necessary, more intuitive solutions are achieved with the aid of intelligent assistance functions.

Based on these new developments, the department designs and implements innovative prototype applications for single- and multi-robot systems in order to evaluate the current state of performance of the systems together with potential users.

Support for unmanned systems 

The Autonomous Mobility & Experimental Systems research group designs and develops prototype applications for ground-based unmanned systems used in safety-critical tasks. Its research centers on issues of interoperability and the modularity of software and hardware. Another focus of the group are algorithms for autonomous navigation of different drive and sensor configurations.


Intelligent assistance and intuitive operation 

In the Environment Recognition, Mobile Manipulation & Multi-Robot Interaction research group, the focus is on intelligent assistance functions and intuitive operating concepts for the effective use of unmanned systems. Sensor-based 3D environment models and modules for semi-automated manipulation support the operator in controlling the system. Innovative methods for coordination, exploration and navigation are also being researched for the use of multiple robots. 



  • Robotics lab
  • Various robot systems



  • euRobotics AISBL - International non-profit association for all stakeholders in European robotics
  • HFM-RTG 247 - Human-Autonomy Teaming: Supporting Dynamically Adjustable Collaboration
  • ERNCIP TG RN - European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection – Thematic Group »Radiological and Nuclear Threats to Critical Infrastructure«
  • NATO Science & Technology Organization
  • NATO IST-127/RSM-3 - Specialists Meeting on »Intelligence & Autonomy (Robotics)«
  • NATO IST-149/RTG-071 - Capability Concept Demonstrator for Interoperability within Unmanned Ground Systems and C2
  • IEC 45/PT 63048 - General requirements for remote and unmanned automatic devices for nuclear and radiological applications



  • Robotics - University of Bonn