Areas of research

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KI-PRO aims to developing a high performance computing platform for sensor data processing in autonomous vehicles. To achieve this target, classical digital components together with novel neuromorphic electronic components are developed, which allow an efficient application of AI methods.

The production of the Integrated Circuits (ICs) requires several parties, such as a third party for intellectual property (IP) cores and a third party for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools. Therefore, several attack scenarios exploit the vulnerabilities of IC-supply chain stages. Our research focuses on devising and developing hardware-based security solutions and countermeasures to face such attacks and threats.

Arrowhead Tools

The Arrowhead Tools project is the European investment for leadership in digitization and automation. The goal of this project is the fast and smooth to digitalization and automation solutions for the European industry.



Metrology for THz Communication (METERACOM) is a research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which deals with the development and verification of measurement systems and methods in the field of THz communication. The consortium consists of the Universities of Braunschweig, Illmenau, Paderborn, Marburg, Lübeck and Stuttgart as well as the PTB Berlin/Braunschweig and its London counterpart NPL. The project is divided in four main project areas, which in turn are divided into several sub-projects.


In NEUPA, short for "new explainability supported by world models for predictions in autonomous driving", we develop methods to increase explainability in AI systems.

As a use case, we build a driver assistance system that predicts the behavior of pedestrians, cyclists and e-scooter riders in traffic.


The objective of this project is to provide a modular platform for SoC design targeting AI and Low Power. Results and findings of the project will be used by SMEs which require application-specific platforms especially IoT platforms empowered by ML techniques.
The project focus on high performance but low power and low cost systems which is Suitable for AI applications.


Focus of AI research including support of AI-related projects and  teaching. In this projejct we are equipped with Nvidia DGX2 platform and Nvidia AI accelerator cards. We have also FPGA hardware laboratory
We focus on AI acceleration to utilize the research on autonomous driving and robot swarms and Automotive

Autonomous mobile robots are able to move freely in their environment in order to explore or to change it. They are equipped with sensors to detect obstacles, for example, and actuators for movement as well as for manipulation if necessary.

At the Institute of Computer Engineering, different types of robots for different fields of applications are developed, partly in cooperation with external partners, usually built and evaluated as demonstration systems. These involve, among others, walking robots, underwater robots and service robots. A major research focus is high reliability and robustness due to fault tolerance based on organic principles, especially self-organization and emergence.

In the field of Medical Robotics, mobile systems for rehabilitation at home are explored that can be flexibly monitored and controlled via the Internet.

The research area “Adaptive Digital Systems” deals with the development of architectures and methods for (runtime) adaptive and reliable complex systems under area and energy efficiency constraints as well as reusability. By means of a dynamic adjustment of circuit structures to the current requirements of an application, the performance can be increased while energy requirements can be reduced. This allows the design of high- performance and energy-efficient systems with manifold applications in the areas of mobile, embedded systems and High Performance Computing.

As fields of applications, we regard network processors, Semantic Web databases and video processing in the area of High Performance Computing and the recognition of gestures to control robots as well as the acoustic detection of objects for underwater robots in the area of mobile systems. The system designs serve as a basis for the development of a universal system architecture which can be used for a broad range of applications with only few modifications.

crowds of robots to grow our houses and future green cities

Within the EU-funded project “flora robotica” two essentials for our future life on earth are being merged: technology and nature. Following a simple yet radically new idea, our international team of researchers is envisioning and constructing a bio-hybrid society of robots and natural plants. This bio-hybrid society will be able to reach human-collaborative goals by communicating, working, and growing together. flora robotica takes the first steps toward intelligent plants that can adaptively and sustainably grow our built environment - from urban furniture, to public spaces, to buildings, to entire cities.

Expired Projects

The Cyber-Physical Systems group, led by Prof. Dr. Kay Römer, investigates distributed wireless embedded systems that sense and act on the real world.

Due to the close integration of these systems with real-world processes, paired with resource constraints and unreliable components, many exciting research challenges emerge. We are focusing on self organization ("organic computing"), networking, programming models and software infrastructures, as well as fault management.

In close cooperation with the medical faculity we investigate body sensor networks and smart camera networks for analysing animal behavior. Further application areas are the Internet of Things where things are integrated into the Internet, as well as Programmable Matter whose shape can be changed under program control.