The Biorobotics Lab at Free University Berlin works at the interface of biology and computer science to study the collective intelligence of model organisms (bees and fish). We have built a honeybee robot to study the bee dance communication system and fish robots for the analysis of collective behavior in guppies. We use computer vision to track all bees in observation colonies and analyze the underlying social network dynamics. On the other hand, every principle we discover in natural systems might have an application in technical systems, such as in swarms of autonomous cars.

The lab is part of the Dahlem Center of Machine Learning and Robotics at the Institute of Computer Science.  


The Biorobotics Lab is (starting bottom row): Edouard Huisse, Jose Alvarez-Ruiz (Rojas lab), Tim Landgraf,  Julian Petrasch, Leonard von Lojewski,  Karl Schulz, Adrian Zachariae, Moritz Maxeiner, Tobias Schülke, Leon Sixt, Anja Bell, David Dormagen, Benjamin Wild,  Mathis Hocke. Missing on the photo but still members: Julian Stastny,  Gregor Gebhardt, Max Granz, Nicola Carkaxhija, Sophie Zabel, Pascal Piekarski

See old lab photos!

Address and Contact

Prof. Dr. Tim Landgraf
Free University Berlin
Institute for Computer Science
Arnimallee 7
14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 838 75 114
Mail: tim.landgraf [[AT]] fu-berlin.de


BerlinBiorobotics Youtube Channel

Current Collaborations

We utterly enjoy working with these groups:

Prof. Dr. Jens Krause, Dr. David Bierbach – Biologie und Ökologie der Fische, IGB Berlin

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Randolf Menzel – Neurobiologie, FU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Martin Paul Nawrot – Neuroinformatik, FU Berlin

Prof. Dr. James Nieh – Biological Sciences, UC San Diego

Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde, Neuroethology, Uni Bonn

Prof. Dr. Iain Couzin, Dr. Michael Smith, Dept. of Collective Behavior, MPI Ornithology and University of Konstanz