Welcome to H²T

The Chair of High Performance Humanoid Technologies (H²T) at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics researches and develops humanoid robot technologies and systems that perform versatile tasks in the real world in interaction with humans.  The research focuses on the mechano-informatics of humanoid robots, visual and haptic grasping and mobile manipulation, learning from human observation, modeling and analysis of human movements, active vision and haptic touch, as well as software and hardware architectures and system integration.

The H²T is headed by Professor Tamim Asfour, who has led the Humanoid Robot Research Group at the Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab (HIS) since 2003 and has been developing the ARMAR family of humanoid robots since 1998.

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Personen folgen einer Präsentation
KCIST Colloquium:
"How to Build Developing Minds"
22.11.2022

Yukie Nagai, Project Professor at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence of the University of Tokyo will give a talk on "How to Build Developing Minds" on Friday, December 09, 2022 at 11:00 in bldg. 50.20 room 148.

Together with her group she has been investigating human minds by a computational approach. Her talk shows how artificial neural networks based on predictive coding enables robots to acquire various cognitive functions and will discuss potentials and new challenges in building developing minds in robots.

Further information
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BOGY Internships at H²T
21.11.2022

In 2023 there will be BOGY internships at H²T once more, for which we are excited to announce the date:
From April 17 - 21, 2023 the chair of Professor Asfour will offer internships (German: Berufs- und Studienorientierung an Gymnasien) for groups of school students in the field of robotics.
It is a cooperation between the H²T and the KIT Center Information · Systems · Technologies (KCIST).

Further information and application
Mitarbeiter beim beispielhaften Arbeiten mit dem Assistenzroboter zu Vorführzwecken
European Robotics Week
Open House at H²T
11.11.2022

As part of the European Robotics Week 2022, the Chair of High-Performance Humanoid Technologies (KIT, Adenauerring 2, Bldg. 50.20, ground floor) opened its doors on November 25, 2022 from 13:00 - 17:00.

Interested citizens were able to get an insight into the current research on intelligent, humanoid robots to support humans in everyday life and work.

In addition to the laboratory tour, the guests had the opportunity to get hands-on and interact with various humanoid robots.

Flyer for download (German only)

European Robotics Week website
ScienceCamp Robotik 2022
The ScienceCamp Robotics took place from 31.10 to 04.11.2022
07.11.2022

In the Science Camp Robotics a group of school students learned some basic, fundamental concepts of robotics and computer science and put them in practice, by programming the NAO humanoid robot. The camp is a cooperation between H²T, the KIT Center Information ˑ Systems ˑ Technologies (KCIST), the ZML and the Schülerakademie Karlsruhe.

Mitarbeiter beim beispielhaften Arbeiten mit dem Assistenzroboter zu Vorführzwecken
Visit of the CDU parliamentary group "Innovation and Digitization" at H²T
05.09.2022

In the summer of 2022, the advisory council "Innovation and Digitization" of the CDU parliamentary group started an "innovation tour" to Karlsruhe, which led it to the KIT, among other places, on August 19, 2022, and in turn to the chair of Professor Asfour on one of its stops. Here, the CDU members were to gain insight into research on robotic artificial intelligence using the example of humanoid robots.

Professor Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Transfer and International Affairs, accompanied the visitors.

To the parliamentary group website
Staatssekretär Brandenburg beim Eintrag ins Gästebuch des KITAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Visit of BMBF-Parliamentary State Secretary Mario Brandenburg at H²T
05.09.2022

Mario Brandenburg, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research (BMBF), visited the KIT on July 22, 2022, and among others also the H²T, where he was able to see demonstrations on current research topics in humanoid assistive robotics, collaborative robotics, prostheses and exoskeletons, as well as learning from humans.
The visit was accompanied by President Professor Holger Hanselka and Professor Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Transfer and International Affairs.

Further information on Mario Brandenburg
Handy mit KIT Logo auf dem Display unter einem Baum
KIT at City Hall
08.07.2022


On July 18, 2022, the KIT Center Humans and Technology presented its research at Karlsruhe City Hall. Under the title "Wandel gestalten", scientists presented current projects in science slams. In parallel, the MobiLab opened its doors in front of Karlsruhe City Hall on that day. Prof. Asfour and Prof. Hillerbrand were available to answer the questions of citizens at the MobiLab Science Bench on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics from 16:00 - 18:00.

To the MobiLab Programm (PDF only German)
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KIT-Startup: Aimino
08.07.2022


Making AI systems more robust and secure with the help of artificial data - this is what the start-up Aimino Tech GmbH, founded in March 2021, is working on. Until now, a lack of data has limited system performance in many AI projects. As a result, they block the use of AI solutions in industry. Aimino's solution closes this data gap by producing synthetic, i.e. artificially generated, data that maximizes system performance. The goal is to increase the technical and economic added value of AI applications based on high data quality and quantity.

To the Aimino website
LRU2 (Light weight rover unit 2) greift eine Gesteinsprobe vom Boden und legt sie in seine TransportboxDLR
Exploring alien worlds with robot teams: demo mission on Mt. Etna
06.07.2022

To conclude the Helmholtz Future Project "ARCHES", the demo mission "Space" was conducted on the Sicilian volcano Etna from June 28, 2022 to July 1, 2022. The goal of the mission is to coordinate specialized robotic teams to explore inaccessible environments, such as other planets. In one part of the mission, an exploration of the moon was simulated, where, among other things, rock samples were successfully collected autonomously with the help of a humanoid hand developed by H²T.

To the press release
Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung
Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung at H²T and ISL
27.06.2022

The Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics will open its doors on July 1 2022 from 3 - 9 p.m. and will give an insight into its current research.
Get an idea of the research on artificial intelligence and robotics. Get to know humanoid robots of the ARMAR family, prostheses and exoskeletons that support people in everyday life and at work. Try out the Lecture Translator and have your spoken words translated in real time. Learn more about Artificial Intelligence for robotics and speech technologies.

To the program
Der humanoide Roboter ARMAR-6 greift nach einem Schwamm
KIT Campusday at H²T
11.05.2022

As part of the Campusday at KIT on May 14, 2022, H²T will again provide insight into its High Performance Humanoid Technologies research and teaching at the Institute of Anthropomatics and Robotics. Visitors can experience how ARMAR-6 performs maintenance tasks with a technician, how ARMAR-III helps with daily tasks in the kitchen, or admire exoskeletons and hand prostheses that actively support the wearer in moving, grasping, and lifting through machine learning and highly sophisticated sensors.

Demonstrations at H²T (Building 50.20) will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and are free of charge and without registration.

To the KIT Campusday program
Ausstellungsraum in dem der Pepper Roboter steht und einen Besucher begrüßt
H²T as guest at the ZKM exhibition BioMedia
16.12.2021

On Saturday, December 18, 2021, the exhibition "BioMedia - The Age of Media with Life-like Behavior" opened at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM). Among the exhibition objects is also the robot "Pepper", which was programmed by scientists in the context of the project RealWorldLab "Robotics AI" at H²T for his appearance.

Pepper is not only a digital entertainment device, but should be perceived in the wholeness of its system. This creates the opportunity to identify with the robot as a digital being and to experience the limitations and possibilities of robotics and artificial intelligence.

To the ZKM Exhibition
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BOGY internships at H²T
25.11.2021

In 2022, after the break due to corona , we will finally have BOGY internships at H²T again, for which we are very excited to announce the date:
From April 25 - 29, 2022 we offer internships (German: Berufs- und Studienorientierung an Gymnasien) for groups of school students in the field of robotics. It is a cooperation between the H²T and the KIT Center Information · Systems · Technologies (KCIST).

Information and application
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Science Camp Robotics took place from November 2 - 5, 2021
25.11.2021

In the Science Camp Robotics a group of school students learned some basic, fundamental concepts of robotics and computer science and put them in practice, by programming the NAO humanoid robot. The camp is a cooperation between H²T, the KIT Center Information ˑ Systems ˑ Technologies (KCIST), the ZML and the Schülerakademie Karlsruhe.

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