Project Description

The aim of the Helmholtz Future Project ARCHES is the development of heterogeneous, autonomous and interconnected robotic systems in a consortium of the Helmholtz Centers DLR, AWI, GEOMAR and KIT from 2018 to 2020. And not only the robots are heterogeneous, the future fields of application span from the environmental monitoring of the oceans over technical crisis intervention to the exploration of the solar system.


Innovative Approach

Our work package strives for incorporating the users into the robotic network to facilitate human-machine cooperation. However, the users should not only serve as a supervisor and fallback level for the overall system consisting of various robots, instead a collective planning procedure including both human and machine is the goal. As a consequence, individual strengths such as the user’s ability of abstraction and the reliability of algorithms can be combined. The human-machine interface should allow the user to cooperate with the robotic network on various levels. For example – besides being involved in the planning level – the user should be able to directly control a robot while still being supported by the automation.


Project Duration:

2018 bis 2020

Project Partners:

AWI departments

AWI - Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

GEOMAR departments

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

KIT departments

KIT - Institute of Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR)

KIT - Institute of Technology and Management in Construction (TMB)

KIT Institute of Control Systems (IRS)

DLR departments

DLR-RM Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics

DLR-OS Institute of Optical Sensor Systems

DLR-KN Institute of Communications and Navigation

DLR-SR Institute of System Dynamics and Control

Funded by:


Contact Person:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sören Hohmann

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