Our Mission

Until recently, robots were mainly used in factories. However, factory robots are limited in their sensory abilities, which restricted their scope of application in order to secure personnel safety. Today, the intelligence of robots has increased significantly, which opened up the innovative field of service robots. These robots are used for an increasing number of tasks. Robots are even operating in unstructured environments where they successfully cope with various tasks that are, for example, too monotonous or too dangerous for humans.

Service robots are the subject of an interdisciplinary field of mechanical and electrical engineering as well as computer science. In all three sectors, Saxony has great industrial strengths. Hence, a single, country-wide integrated initiative will generate synergies in all three industrial sectors. The research initiative „Robots in saXony (RoX)“ identifies research activities in the field of robotics and by that seeks to establish a framework for a coordinated research effort in Saxony. RoX consists of three subject areas: „Cognitive Robotics“, „Embedded Systems & Cyberphysical Systems“ as well as „Virtual Reality, Simulation & Integrated Engineering“.

RoX aims at:

  • Increasing the visibility of Saxony’s research on service robotics on an international level;
  • Broadening the networking activity between Saxon universities and between the disciplines within Saxon universities;
  • Conducting application-oriented basic research for developing robot software;
  • Demonstrating the application potential by developing prototypes
  • Developing Saxon-wide teaching modules

RoX focuses on the following topics:

Systems engineering for robot software

  • Software engineering for robots
  • Virtual prototyping of robot systems

Taking into account the human-robot-nexus

  • Human-robot interaction
  • Validation of human-robot interaction in virtual reality

Integrated robot applications

  • Application of robots in areas that are difficult to access
  • Assistive robots
  • Constructing “living labs”