Cooperative Robot Teams in Outdoor Environments

An active area of research in robotics is the development of autonomous systems which can operate in unstructured outdoor environments. A typical application is robotics in agriculture where autonomous field robots for example monitor plant growth and health.

In our project we research methods how a team of mobile robots can execute tasks like exploration and mapping in outdoor environments like meadows and fields. These tasks are more difficult for robots in such areas than indoors: ground surfaces are not even, odometry values are imprecise and obstacles are unstructured and difficult to recognize.

An outdoor robot of the institute

Central research questions are:

  • Coordinated Exploration and Mapping
  • Multi-Robot Localization
  • Cooperative Search
  • Formation Control
  • Swarm Behaviour
  • Terrain Classification


Karsten Bohlmann
Tel.: +49 7071 29 77176
karsten.bohlmann at

Daniel Dube
Tel.: +49 7071 29 77176
daniel.dube at

Yasir Niaz Khan
Tel.: +49 7071 29 78983
yasir.khan at