Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg



Newest video of fully autonomous indoor hovering

Look at our newest video of fully autonomous and stable indoor hovering without positioning system: 



Gender X Informatik Workshop

The Chair of Computational Intelligence is the official partner at the Gender X Informatik Project, which is being funded by the ministry of science (BMBF). The goal of this project is to study the influence of the research in computer science on the society and particularly on the gender relevant issues. The first workshop (in Magdeburg) will be organized on 14th December: 


Keynote at SEAL 2017

Sanaz gave a keynote speech about Multi-Criteria Optimization and Decision Making in Dynamic Environments at the 11th International Conference on Simulated Evolution and Learning which took place at SUSTech (Southern University of Science and Technology of China) in Shenzhen China.  




LiquidSwarm Simulation is now available

The executable file for the LiquidSwarm Simulation is now available here: 

LiquidSwarm3  LiquidSwarm1



Festive events on the occasion of the 65th birthday of Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kruse


... to the webpage


1st and 2nd places at International Competition Computational Intelligence in Games

The students of our CIG Course got several prizes at the international competition in Computational Intelligence in Games which was announced last week at CIG 2017 Conference in New York

In this competition which was part of the requirements for the course Computational Intelligence in Games SS17, the students have worked on AI methods for the PacMan Game. The competition had two categories: MS. Pac-Man Track and  Ghost Team Track. In both categories, our students could win some prizes.

In Ghost Team Track:
  • Place 1 (Max F.), Prize 500 USD
  • Place 2 (Felix P., Till I.), Prize 300 USD
  • Place 5 (Nils S., Tim T.)
  • Place 6 (Stefan S. und Thomas S.)

In Ms. Pac-Man Track:  
  • Place 4 (Tony S.)
  • Place 5 (Bastian H.)
  • Place 6 (Alex D.)

photo5269743659388086414.jpg picture from the internal OvGU competition in July 2017

2nd Place at RoboCup WorldCup

Our RoboCup-Team got the 2nd place at the WorldCup in Japan :-) Thanks to the hard teamwork in the last days, weeks and months.




Computational Intelligence in Games

The grades are online. During checking the exams, - as usual - we discovered some nice piece of art and poetry :-) 

Visit Professor Deb

On Wednesday 19 July Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb will give a talk at our research group: 

Location: G29-301
Time: 3.30 pm 

Title: Breaking the Billion Variable Barrier in Optimization

Abstract: Optimization methods and practices are around for more than 50 years, but they are still criticized for their "curse of dimensionality". In this talk, we shall look at a specific large-dimensional integer-valued resource allocation problem from practice and review the performance of well-known softwares, such as IBM's CPLEX, on the problem. Thereafter, we shall present a population-based heuristic search algorithm that has the ability to recombine short-sized building blocks, despite having overlapping variable linkage, to form larger-sized building blocks. The process is eventually able to solve a billion-variable version of the problem to near-optimality in a polynomial computational time, making the application one of the largest size optimization problems ever solved.

Bio-sketch of the Speaker:
Kalyanmoy Deb is Koenig Endowed Chair Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Michigan State University, USA. Prof. Deb's research interests are in evolutionary optimization and their application in multi-criterion optimization, modeling, and machine learning. He has worked at various universities across the world including IITs in India, University of Dortmund and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, Aalto University in Finland, University of Skovde in Sweden, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was awarded Infosys Prize, TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences, CajAstur Mamdani Prize, Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kharagpur, Edgeworth-Pareto award, Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences, and Bessel Research award from Germany. He has been just awarded IEEE CIS's "EC Pioneer Award". He is fellow of IEEE, ASME, and three Indian science and engineering academies. He has published over 475 research papers with Google Scholar citation of over 100,000 with h-index 102. He is in the editorial board on 20 major international journals. More information about his research contribution can be found from




Guests from University of New South Wales

Dr. Hemant Singh and Kalyan Bhattacharjee from the University of New South Wales in Canberra visited us for two weeks. We had fruitful discussions and hope to continue working on our ideas in the next two years during the DAAD sponsored research collaboration between Germany and Australia.


CEC 2017

Back from CEC 2017 in San Sebastian: Presented 3 papers, organized several meetings, met old friends and made new ones. 

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20 May - Long Night of Science 2017

Visit SwarmLab on May 20 from 6 to 11 pm at the Long Night of Science 2017. 

We presented three programs: 
  • Flying Swarm
  • Catch me, if you can: Virtual reality and drones
  • Rolling Swarm

Some impressions from the event:

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20 May - Human-Swarm Experiment

We organized the Human-Swarm Experiment for the second time on 20th May 2017. 

More pictures and information about the experiment including videos can be found here. 





Research Group Retreat 2017

We spent two days in Harz at one of the most beautiful spots in Germany, discussed about our research topics and had fun :-)


5-7 May - RoboCup GermanOpen

Our team is going to participate at the RoboCup-GermanOpen competitions: May 5 - 7 

We got the third place at GermanOpen :-) 




Master Defence Nithish Math

Nithish defended his Master Thesis which was done in cooperation with the University of Bolzano on 

Multi-Objective Success Factor Analysis of IT-based Startups




27 April - Grirls and Boys Day

SwarmLab hosted three students for the Girls and Boys Day. We discussed about Artificial Intelligence, Swarm Robotics and Swarm Intelligence. The students took a look at the facilities in SwarmLab and learned how we build our robots with 3D Printer and printed their own designed objects. They also had the opportunity to fly the flying swarm and work on the Rolling Swarm platform. 



20 April - Ladies Night at Max Planck Institute

Sanaz gave a talk at the Ladies Night in Max Planck Institute, Magdeburg.

You find more information about this interesting event here. 




SwarmLab at CeBIT 2017

Visit SwarmLab at CeBIT 2017 - March 20 - 24: Halle 06 / Stand B24







Exam Swarm Intelligence

The grades are online. During checking the exams, we discovered some nice pieces of art  :-) 

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X-Mas 2016

Group meeting at Christmas Market 2016 


SwarmLab under renovations

SwarmLab is getting new furniture and a brand new "BLUE" color :-) 

We will be done with the renovations by December 22nd.



Cristian Ramirez's last day at OvGU

Cristian's last day in Magdeburg: We wish him all the best and hope that he visits us very soon again! 






PhD Retreat Weekend

The team members organized a retreat weekend for scientific writing :-) 

Thanks to the Graduate School of the university for the financial support. 





RoboCup 2017

Our RoboCup team is getting ready for GermanOpen and WorldCup 2017 :-) 



CIG International Competition

Our students from the course Computational Intelligence in Games got the second place at this year’s international Competition on Computational Intelligence in Games in Santorini, Greece.

Congratulations to them and well-done -->


Working Group

We celebrated the graduation of two of our Master Students, Florian Uhde and Andrei Stein :-) 




Jim Bezdek in Magdeburg

From September 12 to 16, Professor Jim Bezdek visited Swarm Lab. Here some pictures:

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Plenary Talk at IEEE WCCI 16

On July 29th, Sanaz gave a Plenary Talk at IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence about "Decision-Maker Swarms":


Swarm intelligence is one of the popular approaches in computational intelligence. It models a collective behavior of simple individuals with simple rules and local interactions. In nature, swarm intelligent systems are known to be flexible, robust against failures and adaptive to the changes in the environment. This talk presents the theory of swarm intelligence and its application in technical systems. The major focus is on the methodologies for social and cooperative behavior of technical systems in unknown environments. Particularly, multi-objective decision-making at runtime in dynamic environments will be addressed. The application and the corresponding challenges in swarm robotics using flying objects and real-time simulations in dynamic environments will be presented.







Computational Intelligence in Games Competition

Thanks to our CIG students, Acagamics and FaraFIN for organizing the event!

The students of the CIG course organized the 2016 "OvGU Computational Intelligence in Games Competition" on July 6th, 2016. The winners are:

1st Position: (Ichiban-Chan AI)

1. Anna Schmeier
2. Daniel Pohlandt

2nd Position: (DoomAI)

1. Prashanth Siddagangaiah
2. Ajay Jason Andrade

3rd Position: (OttoNorrisAI)

1. Robby Henkelmann
2. Tilman Reipsch
3. Alexander Simmer




RoboCup 2016


RoboCup-Team under our supervision at the worldcup in Leipzig: 30 June - 4 July 2016

Congratulations to the team: We got the 4th place at @Work league and 1st place at the cross-over challenge --> To the results 




Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft 2016

On Saturday 21st May, over 1000 people visited SwarmLab. The highlight was the live television broadcast program at 19:15 on MDR.

We presented our Mixed-Reality Swarm: One flying robot flying in autonomous mode and two others in simulation. The three of them were connected to each other using the concepts of Swarm Intelligence: Flying while keeping a swarm formation.

Additionally we presented our 4 flying robots which have a swarm behavior and fly like birds -without direct communication with each other- and keep the same height. They only use ultrasound sensors to feel where the other swarm members are.

The third program was the Rolling Swarm. The visitors could play a game with the rolling swarm and collectively solve the game.


LNDW16-SwarmLab-MDR SwarmLab-MDR

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more pictures here.

Rolling Swarm

Rolling Swarm: Visit our new members in SwarmLab on LNDW16: May 21st in Room G29-035






Xenija's Interview is Online

Here you can see the interview with Xenijaät/Nachwuchs+fördern.html


Hasch mich, ich bin ein Copter

Mitmach-Experiment  -- Lange Nacht der Wiseenschaft 2016

In diesem Mitmach-Experiment können einzelne Personen einen Copter teilautonom steuern und müssen dabei versuchen einen virtuellen Copter zu fangen. Der andere Copter verwendet Methoden der Schwarmrobotik um dem menschlich gesteuerten Copter zu entkommen. Dabei werden die Grundlagen der Schwarmintelligenz und -Robotik interaktiv vorgestellt und erläutert. Zusätzlich können die Zuschauer erkennen, wie die Kombination von Virtuellen und Echten Robotern genutzt werden können um  komplexe System zu verstehen und mit wenig Aufwand zu parametrisieren.

Wann: 21. Mai 2016, um 19:00 Uhr

Wo: SwarmLab der Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg Raum G29-035




Xenija Neufeld is in the news

One of our PhD students Xenija Neufeld is in the news today:



SwarmLab in the news

SwarmLab was in the news: 




CeBIT 2016

SwarmLab was present at CeBIT 2016: We gave a talk and presented a swarm of four flying FINken-II robots. 






Official Opening of SwarmLab

On Friday 19.02.2016, we had the official opening of our SwarmLab. 

Marco Tullner (State secretary) and Dr. Tauber (general secretary of CDU) together with the president of the university visited our SwarmLab.

Click here for more information in German.








Visitors from Max-Weber-Program

Last Friday (15th January), a group of students from Max-Weber-Program visited the SwarmLab. It was a very nice experience for us to share and discuss our newest research with them! Thanks for visiting us, Lukas, Moritz, and Julian! 






Ada Lovelace Breakfast

On Friday October 2, we hosted another Ada Lovelace breakfast in SwarmLab :-)





On Saturday 19.09.2015, Sanaz gave a lecture about Swarm Intelligence in KinderUni at the University of Magdeburg. After the lecture, the children (8 to 12 years old) attended a swarm game. It was really nice! Thanks to our KinderUni students :-) 







Farewell Party for Kei Harada

Kei Harada from Doshisha University, Kyoto (Japan) visited our lab for about 6 months. The members of Lab organized a farewell party for him:


We enjoyed working with Kei and hope that he visits us very soon again! 


CIG Course: Team Machete won the first prize!

Axel Garcia and the Team Machete from the course Computational Intelligence in Games won the first prize in the Fighting Game Competition at the IEEE Computational Intelligence in Games Conference, which was held from 31 August to 2 September 2015 in Taiwan:

Here to the results:




Prof. Tomo Hiroyasu visits the SwarmLab

On Sunday and Monday August 23 and 24 Professor Tomo Hiroyasu from Doshisha University in Kyoto visited our SwarmLab.



Sommerakademie 9.08. - 22.08.2015, Ftan, Schweiz

Sommerakademie 9.08. - 22.08.2015, Ftan, Schweiz

Sanaz co-organized a summer school about "Von Siegern lernen" together with Rolf Wanka (University of Erlangen).



Firmenstaffel Magdeburg 2015

14.07.2015 - Heiner and Sanaz attended the Firmenstaffel Magdeburg 2015 on July 9th. Here a group pictures with other members of our institute:


SwarmLab at IdeenExpo

03.07.2015 - You can visit our swarm of robots from Saturday 4 to Sunday 12 July at IdeenExpo 2015 in Hanover Location: Halle 9.


Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft

04.06.2015 - Over 250 people attended our swarm experiment on Saturday May 30 and 197 people actively took part in the experiment.

You can find more information about the experiment including the pictures and videos here.


SwarmLab at RoboCup German Open 2015

04.05.2015 - 4 of our FINken-II robots were flying in a swarm at the German Open RoboCup 2015. Here the photos and a video:





GECCO 2015

26.03.2015 - The results presented by our students at the Computational Intelligence in Games software project are accepted to be presented as a full paper at GECCO 2015 conference. Congratulations to the team "TopBug" (Martin Hünermund and Jens Dieskau)!

Ada Lovelace

09.03.2015 - Our faculty celebrates the 200th birthday of Ada Lovelace. You can find more information about Ada and all her engagement in Informatics here.

Human-Swarm Experiment

20.02.2015 - The Chair of Intelligent Systems will organize a Human-Swarm Experiment on 30th May at 19:00. You are welcome to participate in this experiment! More information ...

Ada Lovelace Breakfast

01.12.2014 - The first Ada Lovelace Breakfast was organized by the Chair of Intelligent Systems on Friday 28th November. The goal of the Ada Lovelace Breakfast is to gather women in Computer Science.


Mastan Shaik joins our team as a research student

28.11.2014 - Mr. Mastan Shaik will joins us from the 1st of December as a research student. Welcome!


Xenija defends her Bachelor Thesis

Xenija Neufeld will defend her Bachelor Thesis.

Time and Location: Thursday 6 November at 15:00 in Room G29-035

Title: "Developing a Human-Like Bot to Win a Turing-Test in Computer Games"


You are welcome to attend! 

Get Together

23.10.2014 - Our newly established group celebrated the first get together evening :-)




09.10.2014 - On Friday October 10th, Robert Garden will give a talk about his research. You are welcome to attend:

New Member

29.09.2014 - Heiner Zille has joined the Intelligent Systems Group as a research and teaching associate.

CIG 2014

01.09.2014 - Xenija Neufeld won the second place at the student video competition at CIG 2014. Here is a link to Xenija's video for human-like bot competition:

Her program got the fourth place in the competition, which can pass the Turing test with 35.7%:


There were three teams present at the CIG 2014: left to right (Spain, South Korea, Germany, Spain)

Thanks to FaRaFIN for their great support!

Human-Like-Bot Competition Teams

Softwareprojekt in Summer 2014

Competition at CIG 2014

15.07.2014 - Xenija is attending the competition Human-like Bots at CIG 2014: Results will be announced on Friday 29th August 2014.

Kinder Uni 2014

15.07.2015 - On June 14th, Sanaz gave a lecture about "swarm intelligence" at the Kinder-Uni for 8 to 12 years old children. More than 400 children attended the lecture. Here are some pictures:




Inaugural lecture

05.02.2014 - Sanaz gave her inaugural lecture on February 5th, 2014. The title of her talk was "Schwarmintelligenz: Wie einfache Regeln Großes möglich machen - Theorie und technische Umsetzung" (Swarm Intelligence: Simple rules with large effects - theory and technical application).




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