Dr. Thomas Röfer

Principal Investigator

Universität Bremen
Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5
28334 Bremen

+49 (0 421 218-64200


About me

Dr. Thomas Röfer received a Diploma in computer science and Dr. Ing. from Universität Bremen, Germany, in 1993 and 1998, respectively. He currently is Senior Researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in the research department on Cyber-Physical Systems at Bremen, Germany. He also is a member of the Transregional Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 8 "Spatial Cognition" at the University of Bremen, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). He was member of the Executive Committee of the RoboCup Federation for six years. He also organized the Four-Legged Robot League at the RoboCup 2004 and 2006 and later the Standard Platform League at the RoboCup German Open 2009-2012 and co-chaired the RoboCup 2011 Symposium. He was speaker of the joint RoboCup team GermanTeam in the RoboCup Four-Legged League. He currently is the leader of Bremen‚Äôs B-Human team in the RoboCup Standard Platform League. His research interests include cognitive systems, robot soccer, real-time computer vision, probabilistic world modeling, humanoid motion, and rehabilitation robotics.

Research Projects

Co-PI in SFB/TR8 project A8-[HumanoidSpace] "Humanoid Robot Navigation in Complex Indoor Environments" (2011-2014)

Co-PI in SFB/TR8 project A7-[FreePerspective] "Real-Time Aggregation of Spatial Perceptions into a Renderable 3-D Representation" (2007-2014)

Co-PI in SFB/TR8 transfer project T2-[Rolland] "A Safe Wheelchair with Driving Assistance" (2009-2010)

Co-PI in SFB/TR8 project A2-[ThreeDSpace] "Three-Dimensional Map Construction" (2003-2006)

Co-PI in SFB/TR8 project A1-[RoboMap] "Maps for Robot Navigation" (2003-2006)

Leader of DFKI's part in the experiment GRASPY "Stereovision for Grasping by Humanoid Robots" in the EU IP ECHORD (2010-2012).

Work package leader in the EU project SHARE-it "Supported Human Autonomy for Recovery and Enhancement of cognitive and motor abilities using information technologies" (2007-2009)

Co-PI in the DFG project "Automatic Diagnosis of Strategies of other Mobile Robots in a Cooperative, Dynamic Environment" in SPP 1125 (2001-2008)

Co-PI in the DFG project "Navigation in Dynamic Environments" in SPP 1021 (2001-2003).


Three-times RoboCup World Champion in the Standard Platform League with B-Human (2009-2011)

Four-times winner of the RoboCup German Open in the Standard Platform League with B-Human (2009-2012)

Best paper award at the RoboCup Symposium, 2010

Three-times RoboCup World Champion in the Four-legged League with the GermanTeam (2004, 2005, 2008)

Two-times winner of the of the RoboCup German Open in the Four-legged League with the GermanTeam (2007, 2008)

Winner of the of the RoboCup German Open in the Small-Size League with B-Smart (2008)

Best Dissertation Award from the Arbeitskreis Deutscher KI-Institute (AKI) (1999)

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