CITEC and CoR-Lab at Hannover Messe 2011 (April 4.-8.)

Humanoid Robots Working for Science: State-of-the-Art Research on Interactive Intelligent Systems at the HANNOVER MESSE 2011.

With two research institutes CoR-Lab and CITEC, Bielefeld University will be exhibiting at the HANNOVER MESSE from 4 to 8 April 2011. The exhibition is located on the OstWestfalenLippe stand in Hall 16, Stand A 04. At 15:00 on 4 April, Bielefeld's scientists will be holding a press conference in the HANNOVER MESSE press center.

Research on interactive intelligent systems is crucially relevant for future technological applications and is an important research specialization at Bielefeld University. Through its interdisciplinary research environment and excellent international networking, Bielefeld University offers outstanding facilities for such work. With the Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab), Bielefeld University already possesses two institutes dedicated to the design of cognitive Interaction as a bridge between people and machines.

The goal is to make technological systems – from everyday tools to robots – easier to use and even enable people to use them intuitively. In recognition of France as this year's Partner Country of the HANNOVER MESSE, Bielefeld's scientists are exhibiting the EU project HUMAVIPS "Humanoids with auditory and visual abilities in populated spaces" under the motto "Science to business". On the opening day of the HANNOVER MESSE, they will be holding a joint press conference with the project's industrial partner, Aldebaran Robotics from France. The press conference will be at 15:00 in the London/Madrid room at the Press center.

Participants will be Bruno Maisonnier and Rodolphe Gelin, CEOs of Aldebaran Robotics, together with Professor Dr. Jochen J. Steil and Dr.-Ing. Britta Wrede from Bielefeld University. As well as cooperating in research, Bielefeld University has acquired no less than five of the French company's humanoid robots NAO as part of what is a unique new educational partnership programme in Germany. These almost 60 cm high robots are being used not only in research but also in Bielefeld University's teutolab-robotik, a special teaching facility for secondary school students.