Establishment of the German Rescue Robotics Center

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DRZ: German Rescue Robotics Centre


IGMR is researching radar navigation solutions for vision restricted environments within the German Rescue Robotics Center.

The German Rescue Robotics Center, short DRZ is an association of the leading German research institutions, public bodies and industry in the field of rescue robotics. In the project, IGMR is researching the navigation of AGVs in vision restricted environments through the use of radar sensors.


Rescue robots often find themselves in vision restricted environments. Conventional sensor technology used to navigate ground robots is so severely impaired by these environmental influences that safe navigation is no longer guaranteed. This can even lead to the loss of the robot unit.


IGMR is researching new navigation solutions with radar sensor technology. In the project E-DRZ new algorithms for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping SLAM are developed based on the existing approaches probabilistic Iterative Correspondence pIC and Iterative Closest Point ICP as well as Normal Distributions NDT. The goal is to complement existing laser navigation solutions of DRZ e.V. to achieve higher robustness against environmental influences.


In the project, different in-house developed SLAM algorithms are compared and validated. In this course, a new fast NDT-based SLAM will be developed. After the pre-validation, the most promising algorithms will be integrated on the AGVs of the DRZ e.V.. After project completion, these will be available to the users within the so-called Robotic Task Force.


  • Deutsches Rettungsrobotik-Zentrum e.V., Dortmund
  • Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, Saarbrücken
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Intelligente Analyseund Informationssysteme, Sankt Augustin
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fachgebiet Simulation, Systemoptimierung und Robotik, Darmstadt
  • Technische Universität Dortmund, Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationsnetze, Dortmund
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Institut für Informatik VI – Intelligente Systeme und Robotik, Autonome Intelligente Systeme, Bonn
  • Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen, Fachbereich Informatik u. Kommunikation, Gelsenkirchen
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund, Fachbereich Maschinenbau, Dortmund
  • Universität zu Lübeck, Institut für Robotik und Kognitive Systeme, Lübeck
  • Eurocommand GmbH, Eckernförde
  • Stadt Dortmund - Feuerwehr, Institut für Feuerwehr- & Rettungstechnologie, Dortmund


The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the call for proposals "Zivile Sicherheit – Innovationslabore/Kompetenzzentren für Robotersysteme in menschenfeindlichen Umgebungen".

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