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

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

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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

Katharina Rohlfing and Britta Wrede (left to right)
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Building trust in science for UNESCO World Science Day


“FAME” Research Initiative by the CoAI JRC’s Michael Beetz will Enable Robots to Visualize Future Actions

An important challenge for cooperative and cognition-enabled robotics is to develop robots that have the ability to consider different possible courses of action and their likely outcomes before selecting one. This is especially important for robots that are engaged in joint tasks with human partners in which the sub-tasks and individual steps have not yet […]

CoAI Virtual Building Featured in Up2Date

The CoAI Virtual Research and Training Building is featured in the latest issue of up2date, the online magazine of the University of Bremen: “Tall windows, a wide, bright hallway, a mirrored elevator: the virtual research building on cognitive-based AI can be entered like a location in a computer game which is waiting to be explored. […]
15.01.2024, 16:00 - 18:00

Talk by Johanna Seibt on the Problem of Artificial “Social Others”

Title: The Problem of Artificial “Social Others”: How Much Sociality Do We Need for Hybrid Intelligence? Abstract: Co-working, co-creating, cooperation, collaboration—social interactions among humans take many different forms even when the single actions involved are functionally similar: What we take ourselves to be doing together, depends on how we do it together. This raises a […]

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.

The impact of maternal gaze responsiveness on infants’ gaze following and later vocabulary development (2024)

Authors: Eugenia Wildt, Katharina J. Rohlfing
Published at: Infant Behavior and Development (Volume: 74)

LSQ 2.0: A linked dataset of SPARQL query logs (2024)

Authors: Claus Stadler, Muhammad Saleem, Qaiser Mehmood, Carlos Buil-Aranda, Michel Dumontier, Aidan Hogan, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo
Published at: Semantic Web (Volume: 15)

Speech Features as Predictors of Momentary Depression Severity in Patients With Depressive Disorder Undergoing Sleep Deprivation Therapy: Ambulatory A (2024)

Authors: Lisa-Marie Wadle, Ulrich W. Ebner-Priemer, Jerome C. Foo, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, Fabian Streit, Stephanie H. Witt, Josef Frank, Lea Zillich, Matthias F. Limberger, Ayimnisagul Ablimit, Tanja Schultz, Maria Gilles, Marcella Rietschel, Lea Sirignano
Published at: JMIR Mental Health (Volume: 11)

“Dark patterns”: manipulative design strategies in digital health applications (2024)

Authors: Thomas Mildner, Gian-Luca Savino, Johannes Schöning, Rainer Malaka
Published at: Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz

Preschool children's discourse competence in different genres and how it relates to iconic gestures (2024)

Authors: Friederike Kern, Ulrich Boden, Anne Nemeth, Sofia Koutalidis, Olga Abramov, Stefan Kopp, Katharina J. Rohlfing
Published at: Journal of Child Language

Taxonomy and Real-Time Classification of Artifacts during Biosignal Acquisition: A Starter Study and Dataset of ECG (2024)

Authors: Hui Liu, Shiyao Zhang, Hugo Gamboa, Tingting Xue, Congcong Zhou, Tanja Schultz
Published at: IEEE Sensors Journal

A Clinical User Study Investigating the Benefits of Adaptive Volumetric Illumination Sampling (2024)

Authors: Valentin Kraft, Christian Schumann, Daniela Salzmann, Dirk Weyhe, Gabriel Zachmann, Andrea Schenk
Published at: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

Developments in the digitalization of public health since 2020: Examples from the Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen (2024)

Authors: Hajo Zeeb, Benjamin Schüz, Tanja Schultz, Iris Pigeot
Published at: Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz

Brain Topology Modeling With EEG-Graphs for Auditory Spatial Attention Detection (2024)

Authors: Siqi Cai, Tanja Schultz, Haizhou Li
Published at: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (Volume: 71)

Towards an Ontology for Robot Introspection and Metacognition (2023)

Authors: Robin Nolte, Mihai Pomarlan, Daniel Bessler, Robert Porzel, Rainer Malaka, John A. Bateman
Published at: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (Volume: 377)