PC3 Insights into your Robot - Seeing the World from their Perspective


First session

- We will guide you into the world of robotics.
- Starting with basic theory sessions, we will explore the capabilities of mobile robots.
- We will look into locomotion, sensors and control algorithms.

Second session

- This session will give an introduction into the theoretical basis and explain the basics of the ROS robot control software.
- Afterwards we will give an introduction into the Turlebot robot platform.
- You will learn how to use the robots, how to teleoperate them and how to write simple software for them.

Third session

- The rest of the practical course will be held as a hands-on robotics lab.
- You will form teams of three to four people (ideally a combination of different disciplines) to enable a robot to fulfill a task of your choice.
- We will provide a number of robots and computers to transform IK into a big robotic lab.

+ open lab in the Kindergarten


- Learn the basics of how robots work.
- Learn how to program robots.
- Learn how to work in an interdisciplinary group.
- Learn how hard it can be to make robots do seemingly simple things.


- http://wiki.ros.org
- If you want to use your own computer, you need to install Ubuntu 16.04 and the ROS Kinetic release
- In case you install ROS on your own computer beforehand, you could already have a look at the official tutorials

Course location


Course requirements


Instructor information.

Michael Görner


University of Hamburg


Michael Görner studied Informatics and Cognitive Science at the University of Potsdam and Osnabrück, respectively. Based on this background, his main fields of research are applied symbolic reasoning as well as autonomous robotics and robot control architectures. Currently he is a PhD-student at the University of Hamburg.



Jochen Sprickerhof


Magazino in Munich


Jochen Sprickerhof is a long-time IK participant. After studying applied system science at the Osnabrück University, he worked as a research assistent in the knowledge-based systems group of Prof. Hertzberg at the Osnabrück University. Currently he works for Magazino in Munich, bringing state of the art robotics into the warehouses. He worked on 3D robotic mapping (SLAM), point cloud processing and robot control architectures and is a regular contributor to open source software in that area.