Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics
Mission: What are the basic building blocks of cognition and learning? How can we endow robots with some social competence, to make them acceptable as assistants to humans? How can machines communicate smoothly and on semantic levels with humans? Such important yet unsolved and persistent research questions have been guiding Bielefeld researchers in the key area of Interactive Intelligent Systems for many years.
Founders: In order to face the enormous challenges that these question imply for robotics, the „Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab)“ was founded at the Bielefeld University in July 2007 under main participation of the research groups Neuroinformatics (Prof. Dr. H. Ritter, Prof. Dr. J. J. Steil) and Applied Computer Science (Prof. Dr. G. Sagerer), with support by the ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia and in a strategic partnership with the industrial partner Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH (HRI-EU). In this ongoing partnership, HRI-EU contributed two ASIMO robots for research projects in a joint graduate school from 2007-2012. The special relationship between Honda and CoR-Lab has been renewed in 2012 for further four years and continues with new research projects in robotics, machine learning and driver assistance.
Robots and research fields: The participating research groups in CoR-Lab are widely known for their work in artificial cognition, computer vision, neural networks and machine learning, and human-robot interaction. They are in command of a unique wealth of robot platforms including two humanoid iCub robots, several Nao robots, anthropomorphic robot hand, Kuka LWR compliant arms, a bionic handling assistant (BHA), and further service robots.
Transfer: CoR-Lab aims to unlock the potential of learning and cognitive technology in the region East-Westphalia and Lippe (OWL) in cooperation with regional industry. The institute offers to help enterprises increasing their competitive ability in this upcoming field of high-technology through joint workshops, R&D projects, and networking. The training of highly-qualified engineers also contributes to the innovative strength and the economic development of the region and beyond. To this aim CoR-Lab not only collaborates with industrial partners, but contributes to the leading-edge BMBF cluster Intelligent Technical Systems and also contributes to the analysis to implications for future work and well being, for instance in a graduate school centred on the future of work in the digitalized age (Arbeit 4.0).