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Thomas Röfer is a senior researcher in the research area Cyber-Physical Systems, as well as part of the Multi-Sensor Interactive Systems group in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bremen. He also got his PhD from the latter. He joined DFKI in 2006.
His research includes the areas control of autonomous mobile – in particular humanoid – robots, image processing, and robotics simulation. He was a member of the DFG Collaborative Research Center "Spatial Cognition", the DFG priority programs "Spatial Cognition" and "Cooperating Teams of Mobile Robots in Dynamic Environments". He is one of the main developers of the Bremen Autonomous Wheelchair "Rolland". He is especially interested in RoboCup, in which he successfully participated with the teams Bremen Byters and GermanTeam in the Four-Legged League (three-times world champion), B-Smart in the Small-Size League (German Champion) and B-Human in the Humanoid League as well as the Standard Platform League (six-times world champion).
He is regularly giving the basic Bachelor lectures "Practical Informatics 1 and 2" as well as the practical course "Compiler Construction" at the University of Bremen. In addition, he lead several student projects: SAUS, ROSES, RoboCup, Bremen Byters, B-Smart, B-Smarter, Roboterfußball, Smart Energy and – regularly since a couple of years – B-Human. He is also regularly a tutor in the basic Bachelor lecture "Foundations of Media Informatics 1 and 2".