Our Mission

Developing Artificial-based solutions to support disaster response management

The goal of the ERReM (Emergency Response and Recovery Management) competence center is to connect DFKI competences that are relevant for AI-based solutions for the support of emergency/disaster response and management and stimulate their application for this purpose. This includes robotic technology, human-robot interaction, intelligent interfaces, environment perception, human-agent collaboration, information management, etc. ERREM members participate in two BMBF-funded competence centres: A-DRZ (Aufbau des Deutschen Rettungsrobotik-Zentrums) and RobDeKon (Robotersysteme für die Dekontamination in menschenfeindlichen Umgebungen). One of the core questions is, how should robotic systems efficiently support humans in situation assessment and the progressive creation of joint situation awareness in dangerous environments. Depending on the concrete mission, environmental factors, e.g. underground or underwater with polluted or radiated areas, require morphologically different robots to meet the challenges of a dynamic and complex environment, often collaborating with humans or other robots. How such teams should work efficiently and communicate, which information needs to be collected, how it needs to processed and presented to humans, are some of the core questions we are addressing.
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Meet our team.

Dr. Ing. Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova

Senior researcher in the MLT Lab in Saarbrücken, leader of the Talking Robots Group, coordinator of the EU projects NIFTi and TRADR on human-robot teaming for disaster response. Research on dialogue and human-robot interaction. Leader of TRADR team deployed in earthquake-struck Amatrice, Italy.

Dr. Sirko Straube

Sirko Straube is Research and Administrative Manager at the Robotics Innovation Center of DFKI in Bremen. Besides resource and project planning and coordination, he is considered with teaming of humans and autonomous robots, including related software architectures.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Hutter

Dieter Hutter is vice director of the CPS Department at DFKI in Bremen and honorary professor at Bremen University. He is working in the areas of security, formal methods and change management.

Prof. Dr. Peter Fettke

Peter Fettke is Professor of Business Informatics at Saarland University, DFKI Research Fellow and head of the Business Process Management Group at DFKI.

Dr. Tim Schwartz

Tim Schwartz is a senior researcher at the Intelligent User Interfaces group at DFKI Saarbrücken. His main research interests lie in the field of Human-Robot interaction and autonomous systems.

Jana Rehse

Jana Rehse is researcher at the Institute for Information Systems in DFKI. Her research focusses on applying artificial intelligence in business process management, particularly for process mining and process prediction.

Dr. Constantin Houy

Constantin Houy is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Systems (IWi) at the DFKI. His research interests include business process management, conceptual modeling, text mining as well as methods of Artificial Intelligence supporting research and theory building in Information Systems.

Dr. Daniel Kühn

Daniel Kuehn is a Senior Researcher at the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) at the DFKI. His interests include the development and research of mobile, autonomous robots for exploring unknown, unstructured and dynamic environments on land and under water.

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