Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl. Inform. Hartmut Surmann

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Fraunhofer Institut
Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Surmann

Fraunhofer IAIS
Project: VolksBot
Schloss Birlinghoven
53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany
google-maps: latitude: 50 degree north, 44 min., 58 Sec.
longitude: 7 degree east, 12 min., 08 Sec.

Phone: +49 (0) 2241 / 14-25 18
Fax: +49 (0) 2241 / 144- 25 18


  • Talk at the hannover fair 2009
  • Talk at the Robotics School on Rescue Robotics (IURS-2008)
  • 3D laser scanner for mobile robots; 3DLS
  • Volksbot: A flexible and modular mobile robot construction kit for professionals and education
  • Best paper Award at the SSRR 2005
  • Best presentation at the Fahrerlose Transportsysteme (FTS) und mobile Roboter, Chancen, Technologie, Wirtschaftlichkeit
  • Best Autonomy Award at the German Open 2005, Real Rescue Robot
  • Best Mobility Award at the German Open 2005, Real Rescue Robots
  • Viceworld champion at the RoboCup Rescue 2004 in Lisboa/Portugal (Real Robot League) Press note (german)
  • KURT3D: Fastest autonomous mobile indoor robot of the world (4.0 m/s) Press note (german)
  • 6D-SLAM: Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping in x,y,z and the 3 angles
  • The basic paper (An autonomous mobile robot with a 3D laser range finder for 3D exploration and digitalization of indoor environments), is currently under the top four at Elsevier.

Academic record

  • Diploma in Computer Science, University of Dortmund, 1989.
  • Doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering, University of Dortmund, 1995.
  • Professor Autonomous Systems, Applied University of Gelsenkirchen, 2009.
  • A CV can be found here.

Professional career


I have written and published appr. 100 refereed or invited papers in books, journals or cofenrences. A selection can be found here.


Some robot videos can be found at youtube (hsurmann and volksbot).

Mentoring / Coaching

A selection of my mentoring and coaching activities can be found here

Research projects

  • MEF Tele-Exploration: Sichere Teleoperation und Tele-Exploration mulit-sensorgestützter mobiler Roboter zur Überwachung, Gebäudeinspektion und Erkundung akuter Gefahren
  • MACS (Multi-sensory Autonomous Cognitive Systems Interacting with Dynamic Environments for Perceiving and Learning Affordances)
  • 6D-SLAM automatic accquisation of precise 3D geometrical environment data with an autonomous mobile robot
  • Team Leader of the real rescue robot team Deutschland1
  • RoboCup Rescue (Vice world champion at the RoboCup Rescue 2004 in Lisboa/Portugal, Real Robot League)
  • Local chair of the real rescue League at the German Open 2005
  • KURT3D: The fastest indoor robot platform of the world for research and applications
  • SEF (software for a multi channel laser scanner)
  • 3D Laser Scanner: A cheap and practical sensor (which you can even buy!) for acquiring precise 3D geometrical environment data
  • UCT (digital communication via GSM, TETRA, GPRS)
  • MAKRO: Multi-segmented, autonomous sewer robot platform (1997-2000)
  • ARIADNE, control of a team of service robots
  • MORIA, intelligent control of a service robot with fuzzy logic
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