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.


Information about our research focus, our robots and our partners


Information about our lectures, theses and student activities



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

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

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

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)
Hand mit ausgestrecktem Zeigefinger nähert sich einem DisplayAImino
KIT-Startup: Aimino

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

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

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

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

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
Ein Junge kniet auf dem Boden und sieht den Roboter NAO an
BOGY internships at H²T

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
Science Camp Robotics took place from November 2 - 5, 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.

KIT Science Week 2021
KIT Science Week 2021
scientific conference and DGR Days:
The Human in the Center of Learning Systems

The KIT Science Week from October 5 - 10 2021 combines a high-level international scientific conference with events for the public. The goal is to put humans back at the center of learning systems by stimulating a discourse on the development of trustworthy, tangible, adaptive, and human-inspired AI technologies.

The scientific conference as well as the DGR Days included in it will take place online in English. Participation is free of charge.

To the conference website
Eine Holzfigur mit ausgebreiteten Armen steht im Zentrum des Bildes
DGR Days as part of the scientific conference:
The Human in the Center of Learning Systems

Part of the scientific conference taking place within the KIT Science Week from October 6 - 8, 2021 are the DGR Days, where the interdisciplinary German robotics community consisting of (young) scientists and research institutions in robotics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science will come together.

To the DGR Days website
Humanoids Logo 20202020 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
The H2T nominated for all awards of the Humanoids Conference 2020

Scientific contributions of the H2T were nominated for all four awards of the 2020 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots.

Congratulations to all nominees and the winners!

Three gripper robots standing side by side
Article: Intelligent robots that can learn to recycle hazardous hardware

The European project IMAGINE demonstrated how to endow robots with the ability to understand their action effects  in the context of the recycling of electromechanical devices such as computer hard drives (HDD).  KIT developed a multi-function gripper that is able to perform a set of actions, such as pick, drop, lever, unscrew,  etc. that are needed for disassembly tasks. The actions are learned from human demonstration and represented as via-point movement primitives allowing the adaptation to new situations.  See article at CORDIS EU research results.

To the article in German
ICRA 2021, Xi'an, China
Workshop on Semantic Representations for Robotics through Continuous Interaction and Incremental Learning, ICRA 2021, Xi'an, China

Together with the team of Prof. Wolfram Burgard from University Freiburg we organized the workshop on "Semantic Representations for Robotics through Continuous Interaction and Incremental Learning" at the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021). Detailed information about the workshop can be found at the workshops webpage.

New Trailer of the Science Camp Robotics

We are pleased to present the results of the last camp in the form of a trailer. The event takes place regularly and in cooperation between the KIT research group H²T, the KIT Center Information - Systems - Technology (KCIST), and the ZML. Here, students can learn basic concepts of robotics and computer science, which they put into practice by programming the humanoid robot NAO.

For more information about our school activities please click here

To the video
News Archive

You can find further news about our institute in our archive.