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The Mobile Autonomous Robotic Systems Lab (MARS Lab) at ShanghaiTech University is dedicated to research on intelligent and novel algorithms, software and also hardware for various robotic applications. It was found in August 2014 by Prof. Sören Schwertfeger of the School of Information Science and Technology of ShanghaiTech University. The lab is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching in robotics and is part of the STAR Center. Additionally Prof. Schwertfeger and the MARS Lab are part of the Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology (SHIFT). If you are interested in joining or visiting the lab, please refer to the respective advertisement on the openings page.

The lab, student and professor offices are all located in the STAR Center. Please find the directions on how to reach the STAR Center here.



Students present at IROS 2019 in Macao

Two MARS Lab students presented papers at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems conference (IROS) 2019 in Macao

Haofei Kuang presented the paper: Kuang, H., Q. Xu, X. Long, and S. Schwertfeger,  "Pose Estimation for Omni-directional Cameras using Sinusoid Fitting",  IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS): IEEE Press, 2019. arXiv

Qingwen Xu presented paper: Chavez, A. Gomez, Q. Xu, C. Atanas Mueller, S. Schwertfeger, and A. Birk,  "Adaptive Navigation Scheme for Optimal Deep-Sea Localization Using Multimodal Perception Cues",  IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS): IEEE Press, 2019. arXiv 


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9. November 2019

Graduation Ceremony 2019

At the ceremony at ShanghaiTech today we celebrated the graduation the bachelor and the master students!

From left to right: Bachelor: Bai Song, Ruijian Li, Xiting Zhao, Jiadi Cui (Bachelor with Prof. Laurent Kneip, future graduate student in the MARS Lab),
Shan Zeyong (Master), Prof. Sören Schwertfeger, Bachelor: Jianxiong Cai, Rong Yuyang (worked in MARS Lab, Bachelor with Prof. Liangfeng Zhang)

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29. June 2019

Third Annual MARS Party

To celebrate the graduation of our five bachelor students and for Shan graduating with a master the students organized a party! We rented a house, cooked and ate together and played many games (pool, PlayStation, KTV, Werewolf) - till 4 am. We had also invited the alumni of the MARS group.

Party 2019 


24. June 2019

Undergraduates win first prize in Challenge Cup Shanghai

Undergraduate student team from MARS Lab won one first prize in “Challenge Cup” National Undergraduate Curricular Academic Science and Technology Works (Shanghai division) and they will participant the national competition on behalf of Shanghai later this year. The members include Zehao Zhao, Xiting Zhao, Yiming Yin, Zhihao Zhang, Zhijie Yang and Hankai Liu and they are supervised by Prof. Sören Schwertfeger. Their topic is about SLAM rescue robots suitable for all terrain. The robot is designed to collect data in post-disaster environments inappropriate for rescue crews either automaticly or by remote control. Motion detection, thermal imaging and carbon dioxide sensors are also attached to it to get more information. The idea of this project is comes from their Robocup Rescue Robot participation, which is also supervised by Prof. Schwertfeger. The Shanghaitech Student Innovation Center also gives a lot of support on this project.

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25. May 2019

Two new members join the MARS Lab

Finally, our two newest members of the MARS Lab arrived - two Fetch Robotics Mobile Manipulation Systems. We will pursue research on mobile manipulation with them, specifically in the areas of service robotics and mobile manipulation for life science (i.e. the robots should do experiments with pipettes and so on.)

Fetch Robots 

8. February 2019