CoTeSys News


CoTeSys Best Paper Award at IROS 2013

11/12/2013 : 15:40

Prof. Mataric and Juan Fasalo won the CoTeSys Best Paper Award at the IROS confernce last week. Congratulations!

Award for Fabian Gerlinghaus

11/05/2013 : 10:22

Former TUM-student Fabian Gerlinghaus wins the Willumeit-foundation prize with his robotic lamp Gertie.

TUM IdeAward: Competition for start-ups

10/14/2013 : 11:14

Technische Universität München (TUM), UnternehmerTUM and Zeidler-Forschungs-Stiftung are organizing the inaugural TUM IdeAward for TUM academics.

TU Delft wins CoTeSys Best Paper Award at RO-MAN 2013

09/10/2013 : 11:10

A team from the TU Delft/Netherlands won the CoTeSys Best Paper Award at the IEEE RO-Man conference.

Pannel discussion now online

07/18/2013 : 13:14

Experts from different fields discussed the future of robotics and its social impacts in April 2013 at a joint event of TUM and DLR.

Best Cognitve Paper Award at ICRA 2013

05/18/2013 : 10:44

The Penn Haptics Group won the Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award sponsored by CoTeSys at the ICRA conference 2013.

Introducing Gertie

04/23/2013 : 16:44

The robotic lamp Gertie can express four different emotions by the movement of its body. It was developed by TUM student Fabian Gerlinghaus with support of two CoTeSys related institutes.

French Prime Minister visits TUM

04/06/2013 : 15:46

The French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, together with his wife, visited Munich las weekend. One of his stops was the visit of the Institute for Cognitive Systems at Technische Universität München, led by CoTeSys-PI Prof....

Robots on Tour great success

03/13/2013 : 15:23

The robotic festival for the 25th anniversary of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zürich was very successful.

Robots on Tour in Zurich

02/20/2013 : 13:27

The Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys and the Institute for Cognitive Systems/TUM present their robots on the "Robots on Tour", March 8-9, 2013.

Liesel Beckmann Chair for Prof. Hirche

02/01/2013 : 10:56

CoTeSys PI and Executive group member, Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sandra Hirche, was granted a TUM distinguished Liesel Beckmann Chair Professorship.

Prof. Diepold new Vice President of TUM

01/10/2013 : 11:00

Since the beginning of January 2013, Prof. Klaus Diepold, CoTeSys Executive Group member, serves as Vice President for Diversity and Talent Management of Technische Universität München.


First Robotics Entepreneur Workshop in Munich

11/30/2012 : 12:54

In order to stay ahead in the worldwide competition, we need scientists who have the courage to make use of their knowhow by creating their own business. That's the theory. That high-tech start-ups in Germany are still in short...

Huge crowds at "Forscha" fair

11/06/2012 : 09:20

55.000 visitors, mostly families with young children, came to the Forscha fair, an interactive trade fair for technical and natural sciences, which took place from November 2-4, 2012 in Munich. CoTeSys' robot Nao was constantly...

Lange Nacht der Uni 2012

10/30/2012 : 08:37

On November 8, 2012 nine professors turn night into day at the "Long night of the university/Lange Nacht der Uni". From 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. lectures are held.

CoTeSys-special in "Bild der Wissenschaft"

09/18/2012 : 08:00

In the current issue of the magazine "Bild der Wissenschaft" a 24 -page special introduces the work of CoTeSys researchers.

CoTeSys at RehaCare 2012

08/21/2012 : 12:07

The mobile robot system ALIAS - a CoTeSys satellite project - will be presented at the Rehacare fair in Düsseldorf, in October 2012. Alias interacts with elderly users, monitors and provides cognitive assistance.

CoTeSys wishes to thank the financial support of the DFG

06/15/2012 : 16:45

CoTeSys wishes to thank the financial support of the DFG - funded under the German Excellence Initiative.

Automatica 2012 successfull for CoTeSys

05/31/2012 : 09:08

James making Popcorn and the robot IURO trying to guess the right age of the visitors were the two exhibits at the CoTeSys booth that always attracted crowds of curious fair trade visitors. According to the fair’s management,...

CoTeSys at Automatica 2012

05/09/2012 : 10:58

CoTeSys will present research results and ongoing projects at the Automatica fair May 22-25, 2012 in Munich.

Girls' Day 2012

05/01/2012 : 08:49

CoTeSys once again participated at the Girls' Day 2012 - this time it was all about navigating robots.

Now online: Look inside our lab!

04/24/2012 : 14:18

The CoTeSys webpage has a new unique feature: 360-degree pictures of our central laboratories.

French-German Robtics Dialogue in Munich

04/12/2012 : 09:36

A number of experts from German and French robotics met at the Résidence de France in Munich for a "Dialogue franco-allemand atour de la robotique".

CoTeSys-Talks at Hannover Messe 2012

04/10/2012 : 15:57

Dr. Uwe L. Haass, CoTeSys General Manager, will give a talk at Hannover Fair on April, 25 2012 on "Challenges and Potentials for The Next Generation of Service Robots".

New film on CoTeSys now online

03/21/2012 : 11:02

"The people and robots of CoTeSys" is a new film on the work of the CoTeSys, which can now be watched in our video section.

CoTeSys at Innrobo 2012

03/21/2012 : 10:09

The cluster of excellence CoTeSys participated in the InnoRobo Innovation Robotic Summit in Lyon/France, an international trade show on service robotics, March 14-16, 2012.

Two CoTeSys PIs new members of Bavarian Academy of Sciences

03/07/2012 : 08:41

Prof. Alexander Borst, CoTeSys Principal Investigator, was appointed an ordinary member of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Bavarian academy of sciences). Dr. Alexandra Kirsch, CoTeSys Principal Investigator, was...

CoTeSys participates in Girls' Day 2012

02/23/2012 : 09:49

The cluster CoTeSys participates again in Girl's Day this year and the girls taking part can look forward to conducting their own robot survey.

CoTeSys on TV

01/31/2012 : 09:25

Rosie and James, CoTeSys robots in the Assistive kitchen, were on TV on Thursday evening, February 9.

CoTeSys Labtours at TUM school kids day

01/26/2012 : 11:15

On February 2, 2012, Technische Universität München (TUM) offers a day for school kids to explore university life.

French Amabassador visits CoTeSys

01/17/2012 : 11:27

The French Ambassador of the French Republic Maurice Gourdault-Montagne visited the Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys on January 16th, 2012.


Curious looks in the CoTeSys labs

12/15/2011 : 09:21

During the First European Robotics week school kids at the Deutsche Museum had the opportunity to question scientists of the CoTeSys cluster via a video conference.

Robots as our companions? - Potentials for a new industry

11/30/2011 : 16:35

Information event on the Flagship project "Robot Companions for Citizens" in Berlin, November 2011.

Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura, University of Tokyo is TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor

11/09/2011 : 09:12

The Technische Universität München (TUM) awarded the honorary title "TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor" to Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura, Department of Mechano-Informatics, University of Tokyo.

European Robotics Week

10/27/2011 : 14:38

CoTeSys participates with two video conferences to Deutsches Museum at the European Robotics Week 2011.

CoTeSys Best Paper Award at IROS 2011

10/12/2011 : 14:09

At the IEEE conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) held in San Fransisco/USA CoTeSys coordinator Prof. Martin Buss presented the CoTeSys Best Paper Award.

Science cafe at open day

09/26/2011 : 11:23

The open day at campus Garching on October 15th, 2011 offers a colourful program. With other clusters CoTeSys presents the Science Cafe and scientific cabaret.

First prize in science photo contest

09/23/2011 : 14:40

A picture of science photographer Kurt Fuchs, taken with research assistant Federico Ruiz (TUM) and iCub robot won the first prize in the German Prize for Science Photography.

Open Day at CoTeSys

07/26/2011 : 11:12

On Friday, July 22, 2011 the Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys – Cognition for Technical Systems - opened it doors to the general public for the first time. The open day was part of the prize which CoTeSys received on that day as...

Munich Researchers Compete for 1 Billion Euro Budget

05/17/2011 : 12:04

The development of intelligent machines with the ability to operate autonomously and to interact closely with humans is the goal of a Europe-wide robotic research project planned by a consortium of ten research institutions...

RGB-D workshop at European Robotics Forum 2011 great success

04/11/2011 : 14:23

The RGB-D Workshop on 3D Perception in Robotics on April 8th, 2011, at the European Robotics Forum 2011 in VästerÃ¥s / Sweden, initiated by Prof. Michael Beetz and Dejan Pangercic, Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group/TUM, was a...

CoTeSys at Hannover Fair 2011

04/10/2011 : 13:43

With exhibitors from over 65 countries the Hannover Industry Fair started in April 2011. The Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys had a booth as part of the Bavarian joint exhibition booth of "Bayern Innovativ" in the Research &...

CoTeSys awarded as "Selected Landmark"

04/01/2011 : 13:20

CoTeSys belongs to the 47 Bavarian award winners in the competition "365 Selected Landmarks in the Land of Ideas".

New brochure on vertigo

03/10/2011 : 14:29

The Federal Ministery of Research and Education has published a new brochure on vertigo.

CoTeSys PIs now members in the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

03/10/2011 : 08:53

Prof. Martin Buss, Coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys, and Prof. Hans-Joachim Wünsche, Principal Investigator in CoTeSys, have been appointed members of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts on March 7th, 2011.

Prof Martin Buss awarded with Bundesverdienstkreuz

02/01/2011 : 08:28

Prof. Martin Buss, coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys, received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) awarded by the President of Germany Christian Wulff, who was...

Predictive eye movements

01/14/2011 : 13:37

Prof. Heiner Deubel, CoTeSys PI from the Department of Experimental Psychology, LMU, and his team published an article in Nature Neuroscience, which is closely related to their work done in his CoTeSys Project.


CoTeSys-ROS Fall School 2010

11/19/2010 : 08:21

The CoTeSys-ROS Fall School on Cognition-enabled Mobil Manipulation in November 2010 was a very successful event.

CoTeSys picture nominated for best scientific photograph

10/22/2010 : 15:58

One of the photograph's taken by Kurt Fuchs at the CCRL II, Karlstr. 45, was nominated in a contest for scientific photographs.

New CoTeSys satellite project

09/15/2010 : 17:40

A robot that helps elderly people to communicate is the research objective of the project ALIAS - Adaptable Ambient Living Assistant, a new CoTeSys satellite project.

New kitchen in CCRL II

09/07/2010 : 09:38

Rosie and James happy in their new home - new kitchen in the CCRL II.

Innovation@CoTeSys starts in October 2010

08/19/2010 : 10:16

In the upcoming winter semester CoTeSys offers once again a new seminar Innovation@CoTeSys.

PR2 now at the CCRLII

08/11/2010 : 08:36

With the PR2 CoTeSys has a new robot in its robot family.

First CoTeSys Tracking Workshop

07/23/2010 : 14:10

"Tracking from Images and Other Sensors in CoTeSys Projects" was the theme of the first CoTeSys tracking workshop.

Video Conference

07/02/2010 : 10:13

Virtual Visitors at the CCRL On July 1st, 2010, the CoTeSys research assistants Tamara Lorenz and Alexander Mörtl showed a group of virtual visitors around the CCRL – CoTeSys Central Robotics Laboratory. 80 pupils from...

CoTeSys on TV

06/17/2010 : 12:29

CoTeSys booth on the Automatica 2010 was on TV at Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Official Opening of Institute for Cognitve Systems

06/17/2010 : 09:57

On June 1st, 2010, the CoTeSys-financed Chair (Lehrstuhl) for Cognitve Systems with Prof. Gordon Cheng its head, opened its doors at the 2nd floor of Karlstrasse 45 officially.

Automatica 2010

06/14/2010 : 16:36

The Deputy Prime Minister of Bavaria, Martin Zeil, visited the CoTeSys booth at the Automatica 2010.

Autonomous Robot Mu-Car 3 successful

06/04/2010 : 09:52

The autonomous robot MuCAR-3 was once again successful at the European Land Robot Trial (Elrob) in Hammelburg, Germany. The autonomous car of the University of Armed Forces, Munich was the best robot in the convoy drive as it...

Georgia Tech Student Wins CoTeSys Best Robotics Paper Prize at AAMAS 2010

05/19/2010 : 17:08

Zsolt Kira, a PhD student in the Mobile Robotics Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, won the CoTeSys Best Robotics Paper Award at the Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent...

French minister of education visits CoTeSyS factory

05/19/2010 : 17:05

French Minister of Education and Research visited Campus Garching in May to inform herself about the German Excellence Initiative.

GirlPower at CoTeSys

04/29/2010 : 14:12

The Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys participated at the GirlsDay for the first time.

Future robot developers awarded

04/28/2010 : 15:19

Great delight with the team "Jump out of the window": the three boys from the Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium in Munich won the Robotics competition of Technische Universität München on April 24th, 2010. The cluster of Excellence...

iCub Robot becomes New Friend of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

04/20/2010 : 17:15

At the opening of Hannover Messe 2010, largest industrial fair in the world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had her joy in playing with iCub, a robot also used in CoTeSys.

Visit from German-French students

01/22/2010 : 11:17

Students from three high-schools in Munich came to visit the Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys last week.

TV-Show with CoTeSys-robot ELIAS

01/15/2010 : 16:01

CoTeSys-Robot ELIAS and its inventor Dr. Frank Wallhoff both participated in the TV-show "Süßstoff".

Best Paper Award for CoTeSys

01/05/2010 : 15:14

Best Paper Award for CoTeSys paper at ROBIO 2009.


Video-conference to Deutsches Museum

12/03/2009 : 14:29

The Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys had a group of virtual guests at the CCRL today. Students from different high schools from the Munich area were in the Zentrum für neue Technologien (Centre for new technologies) at the Deutsche...

Impressions of the CoTeSys Workshop 2009

11/13/2009 : 12:59

Here are some impressions from the CoTeSys Fall Workshop at the end of October 2009.

Film on Cognitive Factory

11/06/2009 : 14:42

Get a glimpse of the Cognitive Factory and watch the new film!

Tremendous Interest in Assistive CoTeSys Kitchen

10/26/2009 : 12:57

As part of the open door day at the Garching research campus, CoTeSys opened the doors of its "assisitive kitchen" where robots are to learn how to set a breakfast table.

CoTeSys Award

10/07/2009 : 13:22

The first CoTeSys Paper award was issued at the 18th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) at Toyama International Conference Center, Japan.

CoTeSys and AICML sign Cooperation Agreement

10/05/2009 : 16:27

The cluster of Excellence CoTeSys - Cognition for Technical Systems – signed a cooperation agreement with the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The agreement...

Best Student Paper Award for CoTeSys-Paper

09/21/2009 : 17:35

Underwater Vehicle Snookie successful

EyeSeeCam wins prestigious award at Danish RoboDays

09/17/2009 : 14:06

It was a unanimous jury that selected the RoboDays international robot award for the project EyeSeeCam. The award was presented last week at the annual RoboDays robot festival in Odense, Denmark, and is worth 10.000 Euros.

A Push for Neuroscience in the Munich Region

09/10/2009 : 16:22

CoTeSys combines leading-edge research centers in the Munich region. Whenever one of these centers is awarded with additional funding for projects and initiatives related to CoTeSys, we see this as another stepping stone to...


09/04/2009 : 09:31

In the upcoming semester students will develop "smart products" for humans and robots.

Foreign minister Steinmeier visits CCRL

08/06/2009 : 10:20

The robots Eddie and Elias welcomed the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the CoTeSys Central Robotics Laboratory.

RoboCup-team sponsored by CoTeSys worldchampion

07/09/2009 : 13:36

The RoboCup-Team "T'n'T" which is sponsored by CoTeSys won the worldchampionship in the team ranking. The two brothers Benno and Jonas Timmermann are two very successful RoboCup Players in their age group.

CoTeSys-film online

07/08/2009 : 08:21

"Machines with a "brain" - the new film about CoTeSys

CoTeSys-research scientist on Chinese TV

06/19/2009 : 11:25

Michael Kaßecker, research scientist on the CoTeSys project had an unusual holiday experience in China: he was on the Chinese state television.

Software Framework for markerless object tracking released

06/16/2009 : 15:39

The CoTeSys project "ITrackU - Image-based Tracking and Understanding" is developing an integrated software framework for real-time visual tracking of moving objects, human bodies as well as faces or gaze named OpenTL.

CoTeSys PostDoc establishes Spin-Off Company

06/08/2009 : 11:16

Dr. Wolfgang Vogl, previous coordinator of projects associated with the Cognitive Factory demonstration scenario, is one of the two founders of Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH.

Prof. Georg Färber retired

05/25/2009 : 09:34

Prof. Georg Färber from the Institute of Real-Time Computer Systems, one of the first Principal Investigators of CoTeSys was officially seen off in a celebratory colloquium.

Proposal successful

05/18/2009 : 13:38

The Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb), Technische Universität München, was successful in the approval of the proposal "RFID in the production of composite material".

Girl's Day

04/30/2009 : 15:57

50 girls invited to the Universität der Bundeswehr - Cornelia Wendt introduced work of CoTeSys

CoTeSys at Hannover Messe

04/29/2009 : 15:11

The Hannover Messe was very successful for CoTeSys. The booth in hall "Mobile Robots and Autonomous Systems" was frequented very well.

Extended Board re-elected

04/16/2009 : 08:38

Prof. Gordon Cheng and Prof. Boris Vexler now in the Extended Board

A "windfall profit" from the States

04/15/2009 : 11:41

Prof. Michael Beetz, leader of the Image Understanding and Knowledge-based-Systems group at Informatik IX of TUM, received a very welcome surprise gift from Willow Garage Inc., an US-American company: a cheque over $ 100.000....

Robot Junior - CoTeSys visits Primary School

03/23/2009 : 17:42

First visit in a primary school was very successful for LearnING project of CoTeSys.

Cognitive Toys for young and old

02/17/2009 : 10:26

Student teams present their work at "Innovation@CoTeSys".

CoTeSys at the Schunk Expert Days

01/27/2009 : 17:54

CoTeSys participates in the 2nd Schunk Expert Days Service Robotics a platform for international experts.


CoTeSys Industrie Workshop successful

11/14/2008 : 11:51

The 1st CoTeSys Workshop for Industry, hold in November, 2008, aroused a great deal of interest with industrial experts of automation and manufacturing. More than 70 participants took the chance to learn more about the potential...

Open house

10/30/2008 : 09:22

Lots of visitors used the opportunity to learn more about the research carried out at the Campus Garching. The CoTeSys demonstrations were very well received.

CoTeSys participates in Münchener Kolloquium

10/29/2008 : 15:05

Over 400 participants interested in innovations for production.

Review of CoTeSys 1st International Workshop 2008

10/23/2008 : 15:05

The first time on an international scale – and so successful. The original idea of a single-track workshop had to be given up soon once the Program Committee had decided that 42 papers were of such high quality that they should...

Fruitful cooperation

09/15/2008 : 17:05

Asuka Kadowaki from the IRT Research Initiative of the University of Tokyo is visiting CoTeSys.

ACE reached Marienplatz

09/01/2008 : 15:41

ACE - the Autonomous City Explorer has been designed to navigate through urban environments without GPS data. Today the overall project goal of traveling from Technische Universität München to Marienplatz has been successfully...

Hollywood in Garching

08/20/2008 : 16:39

A team from CBS filmed at Prof. Beetz' “Assistive Kitchen” in Garching. CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System), one of the biggest broadcasting stations in the USA, is producing a documentary on Future Life for the Discovery...

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Three Winners for CoTeSys Seedling Funds

08/14/2008 : 12:41

Seedling Funds is a new funding line in CoTeSys dedicated to support young, talented researchers with innovative ideas. Seedling Funds can be granted to "risky" or even "crazy" basic research projects within the scope of CoTeSys.

From Personal Robots towards Robots with Personalities?

08/08/2008 : 13:14

The RO-MAN 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (August 1-3 in Munich), organized in close collaboration with CoTeSys and with many presentations from CoTeSys projects, was a great...

Getting to know iCub

07/21/2008 : 14:42

Alexis Maldonado and Federico Ruiz from Prof. Beetz' research unit "Intelligent Autonomus Systems" at the Computer Science Department of Technische Universität München just arrived from the "Veni Vidi Vici Summer School 2008", in...

Collaboration Agreement between CoTeSys and IRT Research Initiative Tokyo

07/10/2008 : 15:27

The agreement signed on June 26, 2008, is a milestone in the growing collaboration between the IRT Research Initiative of the University of Tokyo and the Munich-based Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys.

CCRL House Warming Party

06/20/2008 : 14:48

The CoTeSys Central Robotic Laboratory - CCRL - is a common laboratory for scientists from different research organizations and different disciplines. Under auspices of Prof. Sandra Hirche as well as the General Manager Dr. Uwe...

CoTeSys at Automatica 2008

06/20/2008 : 14:41

CoTeSys’ first participation at Automatica trade fair 2008 was extremely successful. Three exhibits attracted professional audience from industry and science and also many students expressed an enormous interest in the work of...

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Japan interested in CoTeSys

06/05/2008 : 12:50

Dr. Naoki Okumura‚ Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office‚ Government of Japan visits CoTeSys.

CoTeSys at FP7 consultation meeting on ICT for inclusion

04/29/2008 : 15:10

Prof. Buss presented CoTeSys at FP7 consultation meeting on ICT for inclusion

Dr.-Ing. Sandra Hirche appointed professor

01/24/2008 : 15:13

On January 15th, 2008 Sandra Hirche has been appointed professor for Information-Oriented Control. Her new position is associated with the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering, Technische Universität München. Her research...