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Hamburg Scientists to Improve Human Interaction With Robots

Together with its partners, the University of Hamburg collected 3.1 million euro of funding to its international research network SECURE

In co-operation with project partners, Prof. Wermter 2020 has secured funding of 3.1 million euro over the next four in the framework of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for its “Safety Enables Cooperation in Uncertain Robotic Environments” (SECURE). SECUREaims to train a new generation of researchers on safe cognitive robot concepts for human work and living spaces on the most advanced humanoid robot platforms available in Europe.

Hamburg & Eleven Partners

The International Research and Training Network SECURE comprises eleven partners from science and industry. In collaboration with universities, research institutions and companies from Germany, England, France, Italy and Switzerland. twelve doctoral students will be trained in the field of cognitive robot safety for at least four years. Partners are the co-ordinating University of Hamburg and the University of Plymouth, the Italian Institute of Technology, the University of Hertfordshire, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Tele Robot Labs, KUKA Roboter GmbH, the Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH, and Aldebaran Robotics and Cyberbotics as corporate partners.


The majority of existing robots in industry are pre-programmed robots working in safety zones, with visual or auditory warning signals and little concept of intelligent safety awareness necessary for dynamic and unpredictable human or domestic environments. In the future, novel cognitive robotic companions will be developed, ranging from service robots to humanoid robots, which should be able to learn from users and adapt to open dynamic contexts. The development of such robot companions will lead to new challenges for human-robot cooperation and safety, going well beyond the current state of the art.

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