Biologically Motivated Robots

Nr. Title SWS Date Location Begin
INF-61-53-V-7 Biologically Inspired Robotics 3L

Monday 13:45 - 15:15


INF-61-53-U-7 Exercise (14 days) 1E

Wednesday 13:45 - 15:15



Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns

Contact Person

Dr.-Ing. Syed Atif Mehdi, Raum 48-370, Tel. 205-3338,


You can find the exercises and materials here


The lecture "Biologically Motivated Robots" (BioBots) deals with systems whose mechanical construction, sensor concepts, and control methods have been inspired by nature. The following topics will be covered:

  • Status of research and requirements for the development of BioBots
  • Sensor systems, sensor fusion and driving concepts
  • Adaptive control (neural networks, fuzzy-control, Reinforcement-Learning, genetic algorithms and neuro-oscillators) and Behaviour based control architectures
  • Skills of humanoid robots (locomotion, manipulation, mimics, perception, interaction)
  • Application for BioBot

This course is partly build upon the lecture "Foundations of Robotics".


  • Bachelor degree in computer science
  • Core module of the LG Embedded Systems and Robotics

Precondition for examination

  • Exercises
  • Final oral examination


  • Webb, B. and Consi, T. R. (2001). Biorobotics. MIT Press.
  • Hirose, S. (1993). Biologically inspired Robots - Snake-Like Locomoters and Manipulators. Oxford Sciens Publications.
  • Song, S.-M. and Waldron, K. J. (1989). Machines That Walk: The Adaptive Suspension Vehicle. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts