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Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics; High Performance Humanoid Technologies, Chair Prof. Asfour
Adenauerring 2, 76131 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49 721 608-48277

Email: sekretariat asfourMwk0∂anthropomatik kit edu

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.



Humanoids 2016: Best Oral Paper Award Finalist

Our paper "Enriched Manipulation Action Semantics for Robot Execution of Time Constrained Tasks" was nominated as Finalist for the Best Oral Paper Award at Humanoids 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Eren Aksoy and all contributors! 

Heise online Interview
Humanoids 2016 Artikel auf Heise

Heise online reports in its newsticker about the Humanoids 2016 conference Cancun / Mexico. In this article there is also an interview with Prof. Tamim Asfour.

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Promotion Ömer Terlemez
New PhD Ömer Terlemez

Dipl.-Inform. Ömer Terlemez has gained his PhD degree on November 2, 2016.

Congratulations from all his colleagues.

Photo PhD Ömer Terlemez
Award for Matthias Plappert

On the occasion of the KIT campus day "Lehre^Forschung" on Oct. 14th, 2016, Matthias Plappert has been awarded a prize for outstanding student research activities. His work with the title "Statistical Inference between Human Motion and Natural Language" has been conducted at H²T within the Praxis der Forschung course.

Image dpa: Ole Spata
Robotics in the 21st Century: Challenges and Promises

 Heise online reports in its news about the international workshop "Robotics in the 21st century: Challenges and Promises" , held on September 25th -28th, 2016 in Göttingen.

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Promotion Manfred Kröhnert
New PhD Manfred Kröhnert

Dipl.-Inform. Manfred Kröhnert has gained his PhD degree on July 22, 2016.

Congratulations from all his colleagues.

Photo PhD Manfred Kröhnert
David Schiebener
New PhD David Schiebener

Dipl.-Inform. David Schiebener has gained his PhD degree on June 21, 2016.

Congratulations from all his colleagues.

Photo PhD David Schiebener
DGR Days 2016

 The DGR Days 2016, an event of the German Robotics Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Robotik, DGR ),  will be held on June 29-30 2016, in conjuction with RoboCup 2016 , in Leipzig. The goal is to create a forum for academic exchange and foster a visible and interdisciplinary robotics community in Germany. A DGR Round Table  will complement the program on June 30 - July 1, 2016.

Artificial Intelligence
Article in "Süddeutsche Zeitung" - Series: Artificial Intelligence

On February 25, 2016 the newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" published an article in its category "Artificial Intelligence" about the teaching kitchen at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics entitled "Armar-IIIa bringt ein Glas Saft".

Article in "Süddeutsche Zeitung"
SWR1 Leute Baden-Württemberg

On December 16, 2015 Prof. Tamim Asfour was guest at the radio station SWR1 in the program "SWR1 Leute Baden-Württemberg".  The corresponding german audio recording can be retrieved here.

Link to Audio Recording
Made in Südwest
Documentary "Made in Südwest" - Smart machines and robotic research at KIT in Karlsruhe

On March 4, 2015, as part of the celebrations for the 300th anniversary of the city of Karlsruhe, the SWR German television channel released a documentary film about the research done at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics. Check out the video (in German) following the link.(show movie)

ICSR 2014: Best Poster Award

The results of a cooperation between H²T and the Takanishi Laboratory, Waseda University (Japan) have been awarded with a best paper award on the "International Conference on Social Robotics": "A Novel Culture-Dependent Gesture Selection System for a Humanoid Performing Greeting Interaction", G. Trovato, M. Do, M. Kuramochi, M. Zecca, Ö. Terlemez, T. Asfour, A. Takanishi.

ARMAR-IIIa at the Bernstein Conference in Göttingen

On the September 4th, 2014, ARMAR-IIIa has been shown in the context of the Bernstein Conference. In the venerable Paulinerkirche in Göttingen the robot has been demonstrated to attendants of the conference as well as for citizens of Göttingen.

Article in Göttinger Tageblatt (in German)
Master Motor Map (MMM) framework published under free license

The Master Motor Map (MMM) framework developed at H²T has been released under a free license (GNU GPLv3). (More information)

"School day" at the Institute for Anthropomatic and Robotics

On 25. July 2014, pupils hat the opportunity to get a glimpse of the work of the researchers at the Institute for Anthropomatik and Robotics (more information) 

MMVR: Best Poster Award

The results of a cooperation between H²T, HIS and IPEK have been awarded with a best poster award on the conference "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality": "Towards open-source, low-cost haptics for surgery simulation", S. Suwelack, C. Sander, J. Schill, M. Serf, M. Danz, T. Asfour, W. Burger, R. Dillmann, S. Speidel [PDF]

Uni fuer Einsteiger - ARMAR-IIIb
Großer Andrang bei Uni für Einsteiger

 Bei der Uni für Einsteiger am gestrigen Mittwoch herrschte großer Andrang um unsere Roboterdemos zu sehen. Ein paar Eindrücke sind über den nachfolgenden Link erreichbar.

Lego-Mindstorms-Praktikum Abschlussvideo

Auch dieses Wintersemester hat das Lego-Mindstorms-Praktikum wieder erfolgreich stattgefunden. Hier der Link zum Video des abschließenden Wettstreits der Roboter:

ARMAR-III in Zurich @ Robots-On-Tour


ARMAR-III will present his capabilities at the Robots-On-Tour exhibition in Zurich on March 8.th/9.th.


Robots in reality and fiction

Drawing youth peoples' interest for MINT fields using emotional stories.

More information (German)
Humanoids 2012: Award for Best Paper Nomination Finalist

Johannes Ernest has been awarded as a finalist for the best paper award on the 2012 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots: "Encoding of Periodic and the related Transient Motions of a Robot using a single DMP", J. Ernesti, L. Righetti, M. Do, T. Asfour and S. Schaal  

University without language barriers

On June 11th, 2012 Interactive Systems Labs will present the First Simultaneous Translation Service by Computer.