Deutsches Forschungszentrum für künstliche Intelligenz

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) was founded in 1988 as a non-profit private research center dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (AI). With branch institutes in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Berlin, Osnabrück and Bremen, and a staff of more than 850, DFKI today is one of the largest „Centers of Excellence“ in AI worldwide.
The DFKI’s Robotics Innovation Center (RIC)  in Bremen is headed by Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner. At DFKI RIC, a staff of more than 100 researchers from all over the world are working together on R&D in robotics in Space robotics, but also terrestrial application areas (e.g. underwater robotics, agricultural robotics, logistic/industrial robotics, health robotics).

Within the CoRob-X-Project the DFKI will be responsible for Project Coordination, supervision of the design, planning and implementation of the analogue simulation. Furthermore the DFKI manages the Dissemination and Exploitation activities of the Project.

In order to facilitate the technological implementation of CoRob-X the teammembers from DFKI wil be responsible for the design and implementation of the tether management and docking systems (TMDS). The DFKI will also bring in their robot SherpaTT into the project.

DFKI is responsible for Demonstrator Definition, for the design and implementation of a tether management / docking system and the adaption of the locomotion subsystems of REU-1 and REU-2. The DFKI ist also responsible for the Simulation Environment Tools and the On-Board Simulator in REU-2.
Finally, the DFKI will be responsible for the organization of the final lunar analogue demonstration.