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The CoTeSys cluster of excellence investigates cognition for technical systems such as robots, machines, factories, or mobile systems.
More specifically, a cognitive technical system becomes a technical system "that can reason using substantial amounts of appropriately represented knowledge, learn from its experience so that it performs better tomorrow than it did today, explain itself and be told what to do, be aware of its own capabilities and reflect on its own behavior, and respond robustly to surprise". Technical systems that are cognitive in this sense will be much easier to interact and cooperate with, be robust, flexible, and efficient. Three demonstrative scenarios are pursued (Research Area F): cognitive aerial and terrestrial vehicles, cognitive humanoid robots, and cognitive factories. CoTeSys organizes and structures the intended interplay of disciplines, institutes, research foci, and demonstration test beds in the following way.