Welcome to HERA

The Health Robotics and Automation (HERA) Laboratory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded in 2019. We are a research laboratory committed to expanding the scope of cutting-edge medical robotics to enable safe and effective diagnosis and treatment of patients in a human-centered approach. In close collaboration with medical experts, we aim to build the bridge between scientific research and its translation towards clinical practice.

SOFA Awards 2022

The SOFA Symposium is designed to gather the entire community of the Simulation Open Framework Architecture (SOFA), to present technological and scientific advances, while fostering the networking within the community. This year's organizer's prize of the Open-Source SOFA Awards was given to HERA PhD student Paul Maria Scheikl. The award program has been organized to reward the best open source contributions of 2022.


Sofa Awards 2022
HERA students at SDU Robotics and Entrepreneurship Summer School

In August, 50 international robotics students had the opportunity to participate in the SDU Robotics and Entrepreneurship Summer School in Odense, Denmark. Among them were the three students from HERA-Lab Carina Schmidt, Tim Wöldecke and Alexander Schüßler. Besides interesting lectures, the students also got an insight into the Danish robotics and startup scene with excursions to robotics and production companies like Universal Robots or LEGO. After the great experience, the three students will start their master theses at HERA-Lab in the coming semester.

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"We make the head transparent"

Prof. med. Uwe Spetzger and Jun.-Prof. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich explain how novel augmented reality methods can improve the training of neurosurgeons. Badische Neue Nachrichten highlights the cooperation between the Karlsruhe Municipal Hospital and KIT.

H^3 Helmholtz Herbst Hackathon 2021

From September 8 to 12, 46 young researchers, including HERA doctoral student Paul Maria Scheikl, worked together to solve scientific data challenges from the Jülich Challenges Platform.
The Helmholtz Herbst Hackathon brought together young researchers from different research areas and different Helmholtz research programs to collaborate, network, and bring their research topics to the fastest computer in Europe.

The event was sponsored by Digital Earth.

In cooperation with Helmholtz Information & Data Science Schools (HIDSS)Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA)Jülich ChallengesJülich's Helmholtz AI consultant team.

Jülich Blog
Medical Imaging with Deep Learning

Markus Philipp, external PhD student at HERA, presents his publication " Localizing neurosurgical instruments across domains and in the wild" at the virtual conference Medical Imaging with Deep Learning (MIDL) 2021. Congratulations on this exciting research in collaboration with Zeiss and Inselspital Bern!

Junge Talente - Wissenschaft und Musik

As part of the event series "Young Talents - Science and Music" of the Förderverein für Kunst, Medien und Wissenschaft e. V. (Association for the Promotion of Art, Media and Science), a scientific lecture by HERA can be seen.

Alongside a musical performance by Matteo Gobbini (piano), HERA doctoral student Paul Maria Scheikl gave a talk on "Machine learning for next-generation surgical robots".

Innovation award for HERA Lab

The project "KIRuRC: AI-based registration and robot-assisted surgery" is funded by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing of Baden-Württemberg within the framework of the AI Innovation Competition Baden-Württemberg.

Together with the project partners Tripleye and solidfluid, research is being conducted into how surgical tasks can be autonomously performed robotically based on sensor data and an anatomical model.


We congratulate Ramy Zeineldin and Lennart Karstensen for the 1st and 2nd Best Poster Award at the Annual Meeting of the German Society for Computer and Robot Assisted Surgery (CURAC).

In addition, we congratulate Franziska Mathis-Ullrich, who has been elected by the board of directors as vice president of the society.

HERA on air at 3Sat

The HERA team presents some selected work in 3Sat "nano" of 03.09.20 (from Min 19:55) and shows what the intelligent medical robotics of tomorrow can achieve.
An interesting contribution that sheds light on both the technical side of artificial intelligence in medicine and the associated medical-ethical challenges.

SWR visits the HERA Lab

On February 25, 2020, the SWR was a guest at the HERA Lab. For their science program "Odysso", interviews with Jun. Prof. Dr. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich and recordings of the experimental setups in the HERA laboratory were filmed.

HERA Website

In the context of the website relaunch of the KIT, an Internet presence of the Health Robotics and Automation Lab has now been created. In future, you will find information on research and education as well as news on the lab here.

HERA Website