High Performance Humanoid Technologies (H²T)

High Performance Humanoid Technologies (H²T)

Welcome to H²T

The Humanoid Robotics Systems - High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab (H²T) at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics of the Department of Informatics, focuses on 24/7 humanoid robotics technologies and systems able to predict, act and interact in the real world and perform a wide variety of tasks. The major research topics of the group include humanoid mechanoinformatics and design, grasping and dexterous manipulation, goal-directed imitation learning, active vision and active touch, multimodal exploration, modelling and analysis of human motion, software and hardware architectures and system integration. H2T is led by professor Tamim Asfour who was leading the humanoid research group at the Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab (HIS) since 2003 and is developing the ARMAR humanoid robot family.

Armar-3 emptying the dishwasher
Jung bleiben im Alter mit Assistenzrobotern
15.10.2020

Das KIT forscht, gefördert durch die Carl-Zeiss Stiftug, an einer neuen Generation von personalisierten humanoiden Robotern. Diese Helfer sollen Alltagsaufgaben im Haushalt übernehmen, um die Selbstständigkeit älterer Menschen zu gewähleisten. Zusätzlich werden Exoskellete entwickelt, die die persönliche Mobilität von Senioren unterstützen und ein zielgerichtetes Training ihrer mototischen und kognitiven Fähigkeiten ermöglichen.

Für weitere Informationen finden Sie in der öffentlichen Pressemitteilung des KIT und unter den weiteren geförderten Projekten der Carl-Zeiss Stiftung.

Dr. Klein at H2T
Besuch Dr. Klein
08.10.2020

Am 08. Oktober 2020 besuchte Herr Dr. Klein vom baden-württembergischen Landesministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau den Lehrstuhl für Hochperformante Humanoide Technologien (H²T). Gemeinsam mit Herrn Dr. Stefan Suwelack, Geschäftsführer der Renumics GmbH, wurde der Fortschritt des gemeinsamen Projekts MeshAI diskutiert, in dem die automatische Verarbeitung von CAD-Modellen mit Methoden des maschinellen Lernens untersucht wird.

Science Camp Robotik Online
Science Camp Robotik Online
09.09.2020

Im Science Camp Robotik lernen interessierte Schülerinnen und Schüler, wie man einen Roboter selbst programmieren und steuern kann. Durch die derzeitigen Beschränkungen musste das diesjährige Science Camp online stattfinden. Mehr informationen dazu gibt es auf Twitter und vom ZML.

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Minister Kristina Sinemus and State Secretary Katrin Schütz at H2T
10.08.2020

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
25.06.2020

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

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.

Promotion Samuel Rader
15.06.2020

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

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.

Promotion You Zhou
12.05.2020

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

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.

Lehrveranstaltungen
Regulations concerning our courses in SS 2020
14.04.2020

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
31.12.2019

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
09.12.2019

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
22.11.2019

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
21.11.2019

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

 

 

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Open House 2019
20.11.2019

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
06-10.10.2019

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

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Open House Day 2019 at KIT
29.06.2019

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
26.06.2019

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

All colleagues congratulate him warmly.

 

Picture Promotion Jonas Beil

ROBDEKON Demo
ROBDEKON Kickoff Event
25.06.2019

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
19.06.2019

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
16.05.-18.05.2019

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.

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BOGY
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
16.05.-18.05.2019

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.

http://www.cybathlon-symposium-karlsruhe-2019.org/
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.

https://www.irm.kit.edu/kit-jahresfeier.php

[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: https://easychair.org/cfp/AsWeR19

More information is available under: http://www.cybathlon-symposium-karlsruhe-2019.org

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

ARMAR6
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

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CoRL-Paper in Import AI Newsletter
25.09.2018

 

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
05.09.2018

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
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ARMAR-6 at CeBIT
11.06.-15.06.2018

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

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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
Dr.-Jürgen-Ulderup-Preis
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.

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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

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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
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
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

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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.