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IP 287513
call FP7-ICT-2011-7
SAPHARI is funded under the European Community's 7th Framework Programme

11. Universität Bremen (UNIHB)

The Universität Bremen is one of the privileged universities to form part of the German Excellence Initiative and has more than 290 full professors, and 19000 Students. It encourages interdisciplinary research along its six main research areas:  Information-Cognition-Communication, Ocean and Climate Research, Materials Science, Social Sciences, Health Science, and Logistics.
The Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) group at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence employs about 30 PhD students in the areas of perception, interpretation, and analysis of intentional activities and plan-based and action-aware control of robotic agents. Our group has moved recently from Munich, where we were one of the key research groups in the German cluster of excellence “Cognition for Technical Systems", and responsible for one of the demonstrators - the Assistive Kitchen. The IAS group is in close contact and exchanges researchers with leading research groups all over the world (Willow Garage, CMU, Intel Research Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, CNRS-LAAS, etc.).

Key Researchers

Michael BEETZ ( is professor and head of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence, at the Universität Bremen. Michael Beetz was vice-coordinator of the German national cluster of excellence CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems). He was also a member of the steering committee of the European Network of Excellence in AI Planning (PLANET) and responsible for the area of robot planning. He received his diploma degree in Computer Science in 1987 from the University Kaiserslautern, Germany, and the M.Sc. (1994), M.Phil. (1994), and the Ph.D. (1996) degree from Yale University, New Haven, USA. He got his venia legendi and finished his habilitation dissertation at the University of Bonn in 2001. His primary research interest includes physically embedded intelligent systems, automatic acquisition of action models, and plan-based robot control.

Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (DLR)