The city of Goethe becomes the birthplace of robots

In the digital age, smarthomes and autonomous vehicles are no longer dreams of the future. It is evident that robots are now also becoming increasingly common in everyday life in our homes, whether as robotic vacuum cleaners, learning robots or robot dogs. 

According to a Forsa survey, 83% of Germans can imagine using service robots.

At the technical university of Ilmenau, service and assistance robotics have been on the curriculum for decades. Poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once strolled through Ilmenau; today, DIY store assistant TOOMAS or the senior citizens' companion robots Max and Tweety roll around the campus.

The latest research project "Robot-assisted gait training in orthopaedic rehabilitation" (ROGER) could now revolutionise the medical field. Robot Roger is designed to help people get back on their feet after operations by using its observations and therapeutic instructions.

So far, clinical robotics has mainly used exoskeletons that support the human organism or cameras-equipped
treadmills. With their actively correcting mobile robot ROGER, the TU Ilmenau, the robot company MetraLabs, and the Waldkliniken Eisenberg are breaking new scientific ground in a research association.

With the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society supports
such innovative research projects. Furthermore, the funding ensures that the developed technologies are quickly transferred into marketable