Current research interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
    • AI Planning & Scheduling
    • Knowledge Representation
    • Industrial AI & Optimization
  • Application and Enterprise Architecture
    • Business & Industrial Process Optimization, Industry 4.0
    • Complex and scalable architectures – conception, implementation & evaluation
    • Intelligent Architectures and AI Safety


Selected projects running at DFKI


Basissystem Industrie 4.2 (Basic System Industrie 4.2)

The goal of the project is the realization of a continuously changeable production, which enables a change of products, production resources and processes at any time. The basis for this is a decentralized object-oriented architecture for process-oriented automation tasks and networking by means of system-neutral communication. In order to also enable small and medium-sized enterprises to realize a continuously changeable production, we will further develop the Basissystem Industrie 4.0 and provide interfaces analogous to BaSys 4.0, as well as reference implementations within the framework of the open source project Eclipse BaSyx. Besides the further development of the BaSys Industrie 4.0 Middleware, the project will work in standardization committees, support BaSys 4.0 satellite projects, test project results practically and integrate suggestions from application contexts into the project. (More)

BloGPV (Blockchainbasierter verteilter Großspeicher für PV-Anlagenbetreiber)

The joint project “BloGPV” focuses on the development of a secure blockchain-based storage network for PV system operators. With the help of existing platform technologies, small house storage systems are combined to form a virtual large-scale storage facility that optimises the power flows between the participants and stabilises the network. (More)


charge4C  (Intelligent sharing, parking, charging: Reservation platform for electric mobility)

The goal of charge4C is the creation of an innovative sharing platform, which enables a dynamic pricing of parking and charging and can organize communities and corresponding services around charging points in the private and public sector. As a result, citizens are increasingly involved in the development of the charging infrastructure, network utilization is optimized and peak loads are avoided. (More)


Cluster40 (Cluster for Industrie 4.0)

The project addresses the issue of system integration and the creation of a unified and flexible software architecture for adaptable manufacturing systems using a service oriented paradigm – the Cluster 4.0 Integration Platform (C4IP). It will be an extension of the first commercially available basic platforms and explore a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), allowing to add specific modules to the basic platforms easily. These service providing modules are expected to support system integration. They might be aimed at e.g. ontology knowledge exploration, simulation and modelling. The platform will leverage an additional layer of abstraction providing data-models for the description of manufacturing components and a knowledge-base capturing the expert knowledge about relations between the components. (More)


DAMiAS (Data Analysis for Digital Asset Management)

The goal of the DAMiAS project is the development of a methodological and technical solution set to implement and introduce a data-driven Asset Management for producing companies in the automotive sector. The benefit results from enabling companies in this cost driven industry to operate their systems and production lines on a significantly higher level of efficiency than today. The growing complexity of production lines in the automotive industry increases the requirements on management and registry of the equipment, software and tools used. Currently, there is increasing support for device manufacturers that start to offer automatic identification of the firmware version, connected sensors, date of last change, etc. However, there are no tools yet that provide a global picture of the overall structure of the production line from this partial information. (More)


Designetz (A modular concept for the energy transition from isolated solutions to an efficient energy system of the future)

Designetz has been selected as one of five showcases by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the new funding program “Smart Energy Showcases – Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition” (SINTEG). DFKI’s research activities are funded with a total of around 2.5 million euros.”Designetz: a modular concept for the energy transition – from isolated solutions to an efficient energy system of the future” is the most technically comprehensive demonstration project to integrate renewable energies into the supply system. (More)


Hybr-iT (Hybrid and intelligent Human-Robot-Collaboration; hybrid teams in adaptable cyber-physical production environments)

The aim of the collaborative Hybr-iT project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is to intensify flexible collaboration between humans, robots, and production systems. An innovative approach in Human Robot Collaboration (HRC) is taken to design participatory work structures: Self-organization and communication by team members will be interlinked and effectively coordinated with traditional production scheduling. (More)


INTUITIV (Intuitive-nonverbal and informative-verbal robot-human communication)

The project aims at investigating how intentions of a robot can be understood by humans through anticipatory path selection in combination with iconic and verbal communication, so that the discomfort due to uncertainty regarding the actions of a robot is minimized. (More)


MRK 4.0 (HRC 4.0 – German-Czech Innovation Innovation Lab for Human-Robot-Collaboration in Industrie 4.0)

The key objective of the innovation laboratory HRC 4.0 is the concrete testing and implementation of human- robot collaboration for Industrie 4.0. HRC 4.0 orientates its work around combining human characteristics such as creativity and empathy, with the high precision, power and fatigue-proof repeatability of machines. Within this process, learning machines are able to adapt to people and their individual abilities and needs. (More)


Power4Production (Center for innovative production technologies)

The center of the “Power4Production” (P4P) center is the intelligent networking of products and production environments of the industrial creation of value. In the first step, the focus is on topics such as direct communication between the workpiece and the machine, and human-robot communication (MRK) in connection with so-called cyber-physical production systems. In addition, issues such as robust networks, cloud computing and energy efficiency in production are discussed. The new Center P4P is intended to provide companies with the necessary support and to prepare for the future in Saarland. The scientific work at the Center is intended to make an active contribution to securing the competitiveness of the Saarland industry. (More)



The Software-Cluster is Europe’s most powerful network of companies and training & research institutions in the area of software development. The cluster region spans a wide area in the southwest of Germany around the cities of Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken and Walldorf. (More)


WALL-ET (Warehouse Autonomous Lean Logistics Entity For Transportation)

The goal of the German-Korean cooperation project WALL-ET is the development of a social transport robot, which can be used in Industrie 4.0 as well as in retail trade of the future. The mobile robotic platform, provided by the Korean research partner KIMM (Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials), will derive the user’s intentions and will be able to interact with humans via speech, gestures and facial expressions in order to offer a suitable cooperative transport service. (More)