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32 million euros for Interactive Intelligent Systems research building

Internationally unique

The University of Bielefeld has already claimed its place as a world leader in robot research with the excellence cluster Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). CITEC is due to move into a new research building on Campus North in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The scientists have had to work in temporary quarters for the last few years. That’s set to change in 2012. In its recommendation on promoting research buildings at universities and colleges the Science Council approved the University of Bielefeld’s application to build a new Interactive Intelligent Systems research building and awarded it First Place.

This decision in mid-2010 is further proof of the outstanding scientific quality of the internationally unique competence and research centre for Interactive Intelligent Systems at the University of Bielefeld. Construction of the new research building costing 32 million euros started in January 2011. The main planner is CARPUS+Partner AG, Aachen.

Outstanding quality and international significance

In its ‘Recommendation on the Promotion of Research Buildings (2011)’ the Science Council in its report on the University of Bielefeld emphasised the outstanding quality of the expected research results and also their international significance: “The expected progress in knowledge will have considerable significance for a number of applications (robotics, intelligent everyday appliances, assistive environments, active media) and will be of great interest both to external scientific partners and to decision-makers in business. The Bielefeld applicants have an excellent network, both nationally and internationally.”

A total of 37 research teams from six disciplines – Informatics, Biology, Linguistics, Mathematics, Psychology and Sports Science – will work on the Interactive Intelligent Systems research programme. 17 of these groups will benefit from ultramodern working conditions in the new Interactive Intelligent Systems research building. Of the total cost of 32 million euros, large scientific equipment alone accounts for 2.3 million euros.

Interdisciplinary central laboratory

The heart of the research building will be an interdisciplinary central laboratory where cognitive interaction processes will be explored using the very latest instruments in a hitherto undreamt-of resolution. 

This joint research by computer scientists, biologists, linguists, mathematicians, psychologists and sports scientists aims to develop technical systems that are intuitive and easy for people to operate, from everyday appliances to robots. The future research work will be divided into four closely related fields: 1. movement intelligence, 2. smart systems, 3. situated communication, 4. memory and learning.

Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter
Chair of Neuroinformatics, Coordinator of the CITEC Excellence Cluster and Director of the CoR-Lab research institute

Following on from the Cognitive Interaction Technology excellence cluster (CITEC), special research area 673 Alignment in Communication and the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab, a public-private partnership with Honda Research Institute Europe) have profiled the University of Bielefeld as an internationally prominent centre of expertise and research in the field of interactive intelligent systems. The research building on Campus North will give that scientific excellence an architectural profile to match.

Facts and figures

Start of planningNovember 2009
Start of constructionJanuary 2011
Topping-out ceremony23 February 2012
Completionspring 2013
Moving-in datespring 2013
Usable area5,300 square metres
ClientBau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW Bielefeld
Main plannerCarpus+Partner AG, Aachen
Total cost32 million euros
Investment in large scientific apparatus2.3 million euros
Interactive Intelligent Systems research building, University of Bielefeld – architect’s model, view of main entrance
Model of new research building: (l to r) Rector Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter, Anita Adamczyk, Vice-Chancellor Hans-Jürgen Simm and Dr. Christian Schepers
Interactive Intelligent Systems