Prof. Dr. Sven Behnke
Head of Computer Science
Department VI - Intelligent Systems and Robotics
Head of Autonomous Intelligent
Prof. Dr. Sven Behnke
University of Bonn
Science Institute VI
+49 (0) 228 73-4116
+49 (0) 228 73-4425
behnke _at_ cs.uni-bonn.de
Prof. Dr. Sven Behnke holds since 2008 the chair for Autonomous
Intelligent Systems at the University of Bonn and heads the Computer
Science Institute VI – Intelligent Systems and Robotics. He graduated
in 1997 from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Dipl.-Inform.)
and received his doctorate in computer science (Dr. rer. nat.) from
Freie Universität Berlin in 2002. In his dissertation "Hierarchical Neural Networks for Image
he extended forward deep learning models to recurrent models for visual
perception. In 2003 he did postdoctoral research on robust speech
recognition at the International Computer Science Institute in
Berkeley, CA. In 2004-2008 Professor Behnke led the Emmy Noether Junior
Research Group "Humanoid Robots" at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität
Freiburg. His research interests include cognitive robotics, computer
vision, and machine learning. Prof. Behnke received several Best Paper
Awards, three Amazon Research Awards (2018-20), a Google Faculty
Research Award (2019), and the Ralf-Dahrendorf- Prize of BMBF for the
European Research Area (2019). His team NimbRo
has won numerous robot competitions (RoboCup Humanoid Soccer,
RoboCup@Home, MBZIRC, ANA Avatar XPRIZE).
A list of his program committee memberships, meeting
organizations, and invited talks can be found here.
- 2022-2025: BMBF project "WestAI – Service Center for
- 2022-2026: BMBF project "Autonomous flying robot swarms for real-time situational awareness"
The Lamarr Institute for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, principal investigator
- 2021-2025: BMBF project "BNTrAinee: Bonn Transdisciplinary Education in Artificial Intelligence"
- 2021-2025: BMBF project "RimA: Roboter im Alltag (Robots in Everyday Environments)"
- 2021-2025: BMBF/ANR project "Learn2Grasp: Learning Human-like Interactive Grasping based on Visual and Haptic Feedback"
- 2021-2022: European H2020 FSTP project "EUROBENCH – EUropean ROBotic framework for bipedal locomotion bENCHmarking"
- 2021-2023 DFG Research Unit 2535 “Anticipating Human Behaviour”,
projects “Semantic Video Prediction" and "Anticipative Human-Robot Collaboration"
- 2019-2025: DFG Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob–Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production”, principal investigator, co-lead of Core Project 1: “In-field 4D Crop Reconstruction”
- 2020-2022: BMBF Competence Center “Machine Learning Rhine-Ruhr (ML2R)”, project "Self-Supervised Learning of Structured Visual Representations"
- 2018-2022: BMBF Competence Center “German Center for Rescue Robots”, project „Autonomous Assistance Functions for Flying Robots”
- 2020-2021: Fraunhofer project "Collaborative Perception and Prediction with Smart Edge Sensors"
- 2020-2021: Amazon Research Award project “Learning Structured Scene Modeling and Physics-based Prediction”
- 2019-2020: Google Faculty Research Award project “Collaborative Perception using Smart Edge Sensors”
- 2019-2020: Amazon Research Award project “Generalizing Scene Parsing for Cluttered Bin Picking”
- 2018-2020: Khalifa University project “Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC)”
- 2017-2020: DFG Research Unit 2535 “Anticipating Human Behaviour”,
projects “Learning Hierarchical Representations for Anticipative
Human-Robot Collaboration” and “Activity Prediction at Varying
- 2016-2020: DFG project “Automatic Reconstruction of Plant Root Systems from MRI”
- 2017-2019: Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science
(KRISS) project “Development of the Artificial Electronic Skin that
Mimics Human Skin Structure and Functions for Tactile and Kinesthetic
Feedback in Robotic Surgery or Prosthetic Arms”
- 2018-2019: Amazon Research Award project “Learning Scene Parsing for Cluttered Bin Picking”
- 2016-2017: Khalifa University project “Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC)”
- 2015-2018: European H2020 project “CENTAURO – Robust Mobility and Dexterous Manipulation in Disaster Response“, coordinator
- 2012-2018: DFG Research Unit 1505 “Mapping on Demand”,
projects “Local Perception for the Autonomous Navigation of
Multicopters” and “Autonomous Navigation for Object Capture with
- 2012-2018: DFG Priority Programme SPP 1527 “Autonomous Learning”,
projects “ALROMA - Autonomous Active Object Learning Through Robot
Manipulation” and “Autonomous Learning of Bipedal Walking
- 2014-2017: BMWi project “InventAIRy - Identification with autonomous flying robots”
- 2015-2017: European FP7 project “European Robotics Challenges (EuRoC)”,
projects “robolink® feeder – Flexible Energy Chain Assembly Automation
with a Lightweight Cable-driven Robot”, “KittingBot – Mobile
Manipulation for Part Sequencing and Kitting in Automotive Logistics”,
and “ChimneySpector – Inside/outside chimney and smoke pipe inspection
by aerial robots”
- 2013-2016: European FP7 project “STAMINA – Sustainable and reliable robotics for part handling in manufacturing automation“
- 2012-2016: DFG project „Open-source Humanoid Soccer Robot for the RoboCup TeenSize Class”
- 2012-2013: DFG Graduate School GRK 1572 “Bionics – Interactions
across Boundaries to the Environment”, project “Learning of Invariant
Representations in a Hierarchy for Action Recognition”
- 2010-2013 NRW Graduate School “Bonn-Aachen International Research
School of Applied Information Technology”, two projects in area “Data
Mining, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning”
- 2004-2011 DFG Emmy Noether Excellency Grant "Learning Humanoid Robots”
- 2006-2009 DFG project "Humanoid Soccer Robots for the RoboCup KidSize League"