Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences

Institute for Robotics and Autonomous Systems


What are we doing?

Our Institute of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (IRAS) focuses on the application of machine learning in robotics and automation, as well as the integration of cloud technologies in autonomous robotic systems.

In our state-of-the-art robotics lab, we conduct research and practice on two floors. Our team is integrated by doctoral students, academic staff, and students from various faculties. At IRAS, we aim to promote cross-faculty collaboration to foster the exchange of ideas, drive innovation and establish a collaborative work culture.


Where are we?

IRAS is located on the modern HKA 2023+ model campus in the Technology Park. The vision here is to create new ways of cross-faculty collaboration and to promote future-oriented work. True to the motto Space for creative engineers.




Institute Spokesperson
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Björn Hein
Tel.: +49 (0)721 925-1942

Institute Assistance     
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wurll
Tel.: +49 (0)721 925-1913
christian.wurllspam prevention@h-ka.de

Our mission

We bring robotics to life and cultivate a collaborative work culture that encourages the free flow of ideas and foster innovation together.

Latest news

KATE - Doctoral College on Accessibility Through AI-Based Assistance Technologies

The KATE graduate school is a new cooperative and interdisciplinary graduate school between the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The goal of the doctoral program is to enhance the autonomy and participation of people with disabilities through the use of artificial intelligence-based assistance systems. Currently, two of our IRAS employees are involved in KATE research projects.

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Best Paper Award Runner Up für Gergely Soti

Our research associate, Gergely Soti, wins the Best Paper Award Runner-Up for his article entitled 'Gradient-based Grasp Pose Optimization on a NeRF that Approximates Grasp Success' at 'The 18th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems 2023'. Project: KI5GRob

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IRAS Team at IAS-18

Our research associates Luisa Hornung, Philipp Augenstein, Gergely Soti, Moritz Weisenböhler, and Andreas Zachariae attended the conference 'The 18th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems' and presented their research results in four publications. Projects: KI5GRob, PeTRA, QualiTED, Tourings

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Received a Teaching Award for Excellence in Higher Education

On June 29, 2023, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Björn Hein and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wurll received the Teaching Award from KIT during the Hector School's graduation ceremony.

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Publication accepted at IROS

Our research associate Yucheng Tang's article titled 'Reachability-aware Collision Avoidance for Tractor-Trailer System with Non-linear MPC and Control Barrier Function' has been accepted at the renowned IEEE conference IROS. The project associated with this research is PeTRA.

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Demonstration einer Greifaufgabe durch Prof. Dr.-Ing. Björn Hein

Robotics with AI support in industrial applications

Impressions from the Innovation Alliance: Latest developments from the robotics research landscape in Karlsruhe. The team from the iRAS research group, led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Björn Hein, demonstrated how robots can be programmed through a grasping task demonstration.

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September 2024

Technika x IRAS

16:00 - 18:00 Uhr

Wir sind zurück aus der Sommerpause und starten ins neue Semester sowie ins neue Schuljahr mit der ersten Labtour!

Gemeinsam mit der Technika veranstalten wir von IRAS regelmäßige Labtouren, um MINT…

October 2024

MINT-Feriencamp - Technika x IRAS

09:00 - 14:00 Uhr

Gemeinsam für mehr MINT!

IRAS ist Teil des MINT-Feriencamps der Technika und gibt Schülerinnen und Schülern einen Einblick in ein echtes Roboterlabor. Wir klären Fragen wie “was macht man in einem…

November 2024

Technika x IRAS - Labtour

16:00 - 18:00 Uhr

Mit großen Schritten steuern wir auf Weihnachten zu und bevor es in die Winterpause geht, öffnen wir gemeinsam mit der Technika unsere Hallen um neugierige Schülerinnen und Schüler einen Einblick in…

28.11. - 29.11.

IRAS auf der BE 5.0 Industries du Futur

11:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Wir sind zum zweiten Mal auf der BE 5.0 Industries du Futur in Mulhouse, Frankreich mit dabei. Diesmal werden wir wieder mit einem Stand vor Ort sein und die HKA bzw. das IRAS vertreten und…

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