Strategic Priorities

Sensor Guided Robotics

When the focus of control lies on the process and not on the robot itself. Examples are force-controlled movements or force-position feedback in haptic input devices.

Application Driven Robot Development

Extraordinary applications require extraordinary robots, which are optimally adapted to application requirements.  Examples are robots for medicine or agriculture.

Omnidirectional Motion

Omnidirectional mobile robots and omnidirectional aerial robots enable new applications. Examples of omnidirectional mobile robots can be found in the maintenance or logistics, while omnidirectional flying robots can be found in inspection, cleaning and maintenance of devices which are difficult to reach such as street lighting or roof installations.

Open Source Robotics and Automation

There is a large amount of open source solutions in the field of robotics and automation. Examples are the robotic framework ROS, the image processing software OpenCV or the simulation environment GAZEBO.


EROS stands for "Easy, Elegant, Reliable, Open and Save real-time robotic software framework" and offers a flexible and universal software platform that is open, secure, deterministic and simple to maintain. The simple transfer of knowledge from university in the industry and the free availability allows SMEs to develop technologically innovative solutions at a low cost in the field of Robotics and Mechatronics and bring faster their products to the market.

Industrie 4.0

Integration of Industry 4.0 strategies in the mechatronic product development. Concepts for the sensor-guided industrial production to batch size 1. Projects in the field of highly flexibilized mass production (mass customization). Development of close human-robot cooperation.

Agile Automation

Agile Automation is a new field of activity of the NTB. The goal is to realize automation projects thanks to highly flexible subsystems in a few days. The process relies heavily on the strategies of agile software development (especially "easiest first" and "experiments first"). This work is based on basics development in "Open Source Robotics and Automation", "Incremental Automation" and "low cost automation".