Institut für Robotik und Mechatronik, DLR, Germany


DLR is the Aerospace Research Center as well as the German Space Agency. The Institute located in Oberpfaffenhofen is headed by Prof. Dr. Gerd Hirzinger and currently employs over 140 engineers and scientists. It is one of the biggest and most acknowledged Institutes in the field worldwide. The main focus is on the design and realisation of intelligent mechatronic concepts and systems. Examples of the pioneering work are multiple artificial ultra-lightweight arms and also multi-fingered hands. These robots either use force-/torque sensors at the hand, or the robot joints directly sense and control the compliance of the interactions with the environment. These technologies are successfully transferred to industrial partners as KUKA, Brainlab, and Schunk. The institute has won the EURON/erf (European Robotics Forum) Technology Transfer Award in 2004 and 2007. There is a long tradition with sensor-based robotics. First experiments demonstrated the force controlled assembly of an oil pump for a car (1981) or the ROTEX space mission (1993) with pick and place tasks of parts with bayonet fixing and the catching of a free flying object.

More recent and also awarded research is on the online processing of stereo and force/torque data, allowing Justin, the dual-arm/hand service robot, to manipulate objects on a table. The institute contributes to several international projects in FP6 (IP, Strep) as well as space projects and also to many national research projects. The institute is scientific member of  CoTeSys (COgnition for TEchnical Systems). This is part of the Initiative of Excellence, the Federal Government’s promotion.


  Team leader

     Gerhard Grunwald



     WP6 leader


  Main tasks

     representations and metrics attributing the grasp and path planning
     scene analysis and task reasoning
     robust grasp and path planning regarding the actual context and uncertainty of scene
     experiments and benchmarking of bimanual grasping and manipulation


Contact DLR
Dr. Gerhard Grunwald
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Muenchner Straße 20
82234 Wessling, Germany


Double strike in one day 16.12.2013

What an incredible coincidence: two Ex-DEXMARTians were awarded on the very same day!

Best scientific computer science PhD thesis of 2012 01.08.2013

Prize for Sven Schmidt-Rohr of Karlsruhe University, Germany