Mobilize (2017-2020) – Leibniz Universität Hannover

Especially for the state of Lower Saxony, the future of mobility is a key issue. The „MOBILIZE – Mobility in Engineering and Science“ research initiative lays the foundations for further mobility research and, in particular, promotes interdisciplinary cooperation since future innovations can be expected especially at the borders between the various disciplines. Mobilize includes several research initiatives, „Mobile Human“ is one of them. Together with the Institute of Microelectronic Systems (IMS) and the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI), the RTS is working on the topic „Algorithms and Architectures for Machine Learning based Real Time Sensor Data Fusion“.
Role: Conception and preparation of grant applications


Autonomous Driving in Industrial Environments (2016-2020) – Leibniz Universität Hannover

In many industrial areas, cars are driven manually through the environment. However, the proportion of electronic components in vehicles is increasing steadily, and thus most actuators can already be controlled electronically. Nevertheless not all cars have appropriate sensors to let them drive automatically. This project aims to investigate how the vehicles can be retrofitted with a mobile sensor unit and an automatic drive in an industrial environment can be realized.
Role: Conception and implementation of the environmental perception system


USBV-Inspektor (2015 – 2017) – Leibniz Universität Hannover

Suitcases, bags or backpacks left lying around unsupervised are part of daily life. Even most abandoned luggage items turn out to be harmless, they can be the cause for a large-scale police operation. The objective of the USBV-Inspektor project is to develop a sensor-suite, which can be mounted on the end effector of a remotely operated robot to enable local forces to inspect suspicious objects without placing themselves in danger. The operator remotely controls the robot from a save distance to get a 3D visualization of the environment. Furthermore, the data of the sensor-suite can be used to preserve evidence for criminal proceedings and to facilitate threat assessment of suspicious items by providing additional 3D information of the crime scene and the content of the object.
As part of the USBV-Inspektor project, RTS develops a multimodal sensor-suite together with the North Rhine-Westphalia State Office of Criminal Investigation, Fraunhofer FHR, ELP GmbH and Hentschel System GmbH. This sensor-suite consists of a millimetre wave scanner, a 3D rangescanner and a high-resolution camera. The system perceives the internal and external geometry and generates high definition images of suspicious objects to support the local action force and collect additional evidence.
Role: Conception and implementation of the environmental perception system
Project Summary (German)
Article: Elektronischer Inspektor soll Gepäckstücke untersuchen (German)
Article: Mobiler Roboter zur Untersuchung von Gepäckstücken (German)


Design Study: A robot in every house (2014-2015) – IAV

The IAV design study shows how intelligent machines will become human companions in the future: the robot on three wheels follows its owner shopping in the supermarket and transports even heavy goods. In the parking lot, the robot first stows the shopping before docking itself under the car to recharge its battery and drive home with its owner. When he arrives there, his special wheels enable him to climb the stairs independently and transport the purchased goods up to the apartment, where he places them in their designated places.
Role: Conception and implementation of the environmental perception system

Article: Ein Roboter in jedem Haus (German)