TIAGo robot helping in kitchen in the Cognitive Service Robotics Apartment lab

Researchers around the world can access our Virtual Research and Training Building.

© Bielefeld University/Patrick Pollmeier

Breaking new ground in AI-enabled robotics

Our Vision: The Joint Research Center on Cooperative and Cognition-enabled AI (CoAI JRC) is Germany’s leading center for interdisciplinary research and innovation on cooperative and cognition-enabled artificial intelligence that features human-centered, embodied, and real-world agency in the sense that it is capable of acting together with humans in a meaningful and goal-directed manner.

The central hypothesis of CoAI is that AI systems need to be equipped with powerful cognitive, reasoning, communicative and interaction abilities to successfully act in the physical and social world. They have to understand and reason about their own actions and those of others as a basis to provide contextualized support for the wellbeing of humans and society at large.

Robot arm helping a human with an injured hand

AI that works cooperatively in human physical and social environments

Our Mission: The researchers of CoAI JRC join forces to break new ground in the communication and interaction of humans and robots by developing AI systems that have a deep and actionable understanding of how to perform everyday joint tasks in natural human environments. The AI systems targeted by CoAI are able to successfully act in the physical and social world by adapting and learning new skills through cooperating and communicating with their human partners to eventually become competent and trustworthy partners.

Discover our virtual research and training building

Openness is the most efficient and sustainable approach to successful innovation in our current fast-moving AI research environment. This is why the CoAI Center aims to provide external researchers with convenient access to a Virtual Research and Training Building (ViB), which will enable scientists from anywhere in the world to work as if the are physically present in our labs. In the ViB, members of the international CoAI research community have access to AI-ready digital twin robots, research laboratories, and environments to conduct research in AI-enabled robotics, human-robot interaction, education science and developmental robotics. We also support a variety of open data and open software tools, such as the cognitive robot architecture CRAM.

Operating a digital twin PR2 in a virtual kitchen lab
© University of Bremen/Patrick Pollmeier

News & Events

A PR2 robot learning from a human how to pour
© University of Bremen/Lukas Klose

CHORUS Proposal for a Cluster of Excellence


Members of the CoAI JRC launch SAIL, a new network for sustainable AI design

The SAIL network, a joint project of researchers from Paderborn University, Bielefeld University, HSBI and TH OWL, will focus on developing transparent, secure and robust AI systems with applications in industry and healthcare.
10.01.2023, 16:00 - 17:30

Talk by Kenneth D. Forbus on Analogical Learning for AI Systems

Part of the lecture series "Co-constructing Intelligence." Kenneth D. Forbus (Northwestern University) is an expert in artificial intelligence and education, who does research on human-like learning in AI systems and using AI to develop new approaches to human learning.

CoAI JRC Member Michael Beetz receives ERC Advanced Grant

Professor Michael Beetz is working on AI that plans actions predictively. The grant by the European Research Council (ERC) is endowed with 2.5 million Euros.

The CoAI JRC Is Part of a Thriving AI Research Ecosystem

The CoAI JRC is embedded in a network of independent projects, research initiatives, and partners in industry and the public sector that collectively form a thriving ecosystem of research in AI and robotics.

Perceived realism of haptic rendering methods for bimanual high force tasks: original and replication study (2023)

Authors: Mario Lorenz, Andrea Hoffmann, Maximilian Kaluschke, Taha Ziadeh, Nina Pillen, Magdalena Kusserow, Jérôme Perret, Sebastian Knopp, André Dettmann, Philipp Klimant, Gabriel Zachmann, Angelika C. Bullinger
Published at: Scientific Reports (Volume: 13)

IngridKG: A FAIR Knowledge Graph of Graffiti (2023)

Authors: Mohamed Ahmed Sherif, Ana Alexandra Morim da Silva, Svetlana Pestryakova, Abdullah Fathi Ahmed, Sven Niemann, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo
Published at: Scientific Data (Volume: 10)

“I do not know! but why?” — Local model-agnostic example-based explanations of reject (2023)

Authors: André Artelt, Roel Visser, Barbara Hammer
Published at: Neurocomputing (Volume: 558)

Gamified environmental multi-criteria decision analysis: information on objectives and range insensitivity bias (2023)

Authors: Alice H. Aubert, Judit Lienert, Bettina von Helversen
Published at: International Transactions in Operational Research (Volume: 30)

Model-based explanations of concept drift (2023)

Authors: Fabian Hinder, Valerie Vaquet, Johannes Brinkrolf, Barbara Hammer
Published at: Neurocomputing (Volume: 555)

Genetic associations vary across the spectrum of fasting serum insulin: results from the European IDEFICS/I.Family children’s cohort (2023)

Authors: Kirsten Mehlig, Ronja Foraita, Rajini Nagrani, Marvin N. Wright, Stefaan De Henauw, Dénes Molnár, Luis A. Moreno, Paola Russo, Michael Tornaritis, Toomas Veidebaum, Lauren Lissner, Jaakko Kaprio, Iris Pigeot
Published at: Diabetologia (Volume: 66)

Post-capture detumble trajectory stabilization for robotic active debris removal (2023)

Authors: Shubham Vyas, Lasse Maywald, Shivesh Kumar, Marko Jankovic, Andreas Mueller, Frank Kirchner
Published at: Advances in Space Research (Volume: 72)

A reference implementation for knowledge assisted robot development for planetary and orbital robotics (2023)

Authors: Mehmed Yüksel, Thomas M. Roehr, Marko Jankovic, Wiebke Brinkmann, Frank Kirchner
Published at: Acta Astronautica (Volume: 210)

Biosignals meet Adaptive Systems (2023)

Authors: Tanja Schultz, Alexander Maedche
Published at: SN Applied Sciences (Volume: 5)

From C-3PO to HAL: Opening the Discourse about the Dark Side of Multi-Modal Social Agents (2023)

Authors: Vino Avanesi, Johanna Rockstroh, Thomas Mildner, Nima Zargham, Leon Reicherts, Maximilian A. Friehs, Dimosthenis Kontogiorgos, Nina Wenig, Rainer Malaka
Published at: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces, CUI 2023