Graduation 2020


On July 2020 SIST celebrated its graduating students. In the MARS Lab master students Long Xiaoling and Chen Hongyu as well bachelor students Zhijie Yang (all three in the top left image from left to right), Yi Yang and Zhihao Zhang (both not in the image) successfully finished their robotics thesis and graduated. Congratulations! Shorty after the whole MARS group celebrated with a dinner-KTV-party.

25. 七月 2020

Best Paper Finalist at IEEE ROBIO 2019

The 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO) was held in Dali, Yunnan, China, from Dec 6 to 8, 2019. The conference, which will be held in Florence, Italy next year, accepted 403 papers from 739 paper submissions for oral presentations. The ShanghaiTech Automation and Robotics Center (STAR Center) groups of Prof. Sören Schwertfeger and Prof. Andre Rosendo submitted and got accepted 5 papers to ROBIO 2019.

The paper with the title “Furniture Free Mapping using 3D Lidars” by master student Zhenpeng He, PhD student Jiawei Hou and Sören Schwertfeger was awarded as a Best Paper Finalist for ROBIO 2019. In that paper a Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) method is described that can automatically segment 3D Laser Scans into walls, furniture, doors (open and closed!) and ground and ceiling to create furniture free 2D and 3D maps. The paper was presented by the master student Zhenpeng He.

9. 十二月 2019

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. 十一月 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. 六月 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. 六月 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. 五月 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. 二月 2019

PhD students went abroad

The PhD student Qingwen Xu got a DAAD scholarship for a 5 months research visit to Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. She will joined the robotics group of Prof. Birk and do reseaerch on visual odometry and visual SLAM between May and August 2018

Also the PhD student Jiawei Hou is currently at a 6 month research visit to Oerebro University in Örebro, Sweden, where shejoined the Mobile Robotics and Olfaction lab of Prof. Lilienthal. She is staying there between August 2018 and February 2019.

Qingwen at Jacobs University  Jiawei at Oerebro University


11. 十月 2018

Prof. Schwertfeger featured in Education TV Show

The Shanghai Education Television Network (上海教育电视台) on April 13 aired an episode of a Science TV show called "Open the Mind" (打开吧脑洞). It starred three Professors, among them Prof. Schwertfeger from the MARS lab. He talked about the mapping robot and rescue robotics. The episode was actually already filmed in winter 2017.

13. 四月 2018

Second Annual Group Party

On March 23, 2018, the (newly renamed) MARS group had it's second annual group party! The news about the first party can be found here
First we went to the MoMo restaurant in Chantime and had some awesome "all you can eat" HotPot.
Afterwards we went to the KTV and sang for three hours.

HotPot at MoMo
HotPot at MoMo

23. 三月 2018

Re-branded lab name: MARS Lab

In order to avoid confusion with the STAR Center, the lab of Prof. Sören Schwertfeger has been renamed to "Mobile Autonomous Robotic Systems Lab - MARS Lab". Formerly it was referred to as the STAR Lab. The new Chinese name of the lab is:  自主移动机器人实验室

19. 三月 2018

Robotics Course Fall 2017 Project Videos online!

The Robotics Course of Fall 2017 is finished. In the second half of the project the students worked in small groups to realize 12 different projects. Two of these project were actually supervised by Prof. Andre Rosendo. The course webiste lists the projects and provides links to the project reports and the project pages.

Project topics range from 3D SLAM ( _1_, _2_, _3_, _4_, _5_), over maniupulation ( _6_, _7_) to mobile navigation (_7_, _8_, _9_, _10_, _11_). 

Most of the project pages also feature a video highlighting the work - go check them out!

1. 二月 2018

STAR Lab featured in Nature

The January 18, 2018, issue of Nature includes a NatureJobs Carerr Guide: China. Among others it has an article called "China’s AI dreams" prominently featuring Prof. Sören Schwertfeger and his lab. It shows our Jackal Mapping Robot, that uses a Clearpath Jackal base together with some advanced sensors, like two Velodyne HDL32e 3D laser scanners and four 5MP Pointgrey cameras. Another picture is showing the PhD student Jiawei Hou and Prof. Schwertfeger working in the STAR Lab on antoher robot. 

18. 一月 2018

ABB and STAR Lab join in Collaboration Project

ABB and the STAR Lab are joining in a collaboration project to make the awesome ABB Yumi collaborative dual arm mobile. The ABB Robotics Research Center China is located just 7 km from ShanghaiTech University. The STAR Lab under the guidance of Prof. Sören Schwertfeger is providing expertise on mobile robots, localization and mapping as well as planning and control, while ABB is working on the mobile manipulation aspects. See a picture of an early prototype below.

1. 十二月 2017

SSRR 2017 Call for Participation

The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics 2017 (SSRR 2017) will be held at ShanghaiTech University between October 11 and 13 2017. Please see the conference website for the program and registration information.

25. 九月 2017

Call: IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems: Special Issue on Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy

The IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems is calling for papers for a Special Issue on Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy in its September 2017 issue. After the successfull IROS 2017 workshop on Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy, we are now calling for journal contributions to these interesting topics. Prof. Schwertfeger is part of the Guest Editor team. Please see the call for papers

24. 九月 2017

Freshmen Robot Projects

In the "Introduction to Information Science and Technology" course the students of SIST are participating in three robotics labs, with the goal of making a Turtlebot follow a certain path. The following video shows some action from 2015, 2016 (link only works at ShanghaiTech) and 2017 (link only works at ShanghaiTech).

1. 九月 2017


七月份,在木匠和STAR实验室学生和工作人员的协助下,新的STAR标准测试方法实验室开放。 它具有由 NIST(美国国家标准与技术研究所)开发的响应机器人的标准测试方法。 部署在STAR实验室的测试方法为60厘米级别,因此它们被设计用于占地面积小的机器人。 更多细节可以在这里找到。

测试方法用于以可重复和标准的方式测试移动机器人的性能。 我们将利用这些测试对测试方法进行研究,并测试和测量上海科技大学开发的机器人的性能。 在RoboCup救援比赛中也使用非常类似的测试,所以我们团队可以在实际的竞赛环境中进行试验。

2017年10月,第15届 IEEE国际安保、安全和救援机器人技术研讨会2017(SSRR 2017)将由上海科技大学Sören Schwertfeger教授主办。 在本次会议期间,将使用STAR标准测试方法实验室的测试方法进行一场小型比赛


30. 七月 2017

IROS 2017 Workshop Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy

The IROS 2017 Workshop Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy is calling for papers that deal with the question:

How to assess the quality of internal models, methods and sensor data, used by robots and how to alter their behavior upon this information?

Prof. Sören Schwertfeger is a co-organizor of this workshop. Please see the Call for Papers for submission instructions:

14. 七月 2017




6. 七月 2017




14. 六月 2017



5月28日,“纽约时报”发表了一篇题为《人工智能的竞赛,中国超越美国?》的文章。 它讨论了中国在如何推动人工智能研究(A.I.)而美国此时正在削减研究经费。 以中国AI研究团队SörenSchwertfeger教授及其研究实验室为例,在文章突出显现了上海科技大学的精湛研究条件。

Schwertfeger教授于2014年8月加入信息科学与技术学院(SIST)担任助理教授,正在研究移动机器人的智能功能,并在搜救机器人领域进行研究。 他还是10月即将在上海科技大学举行的第15届IEEE安保,安全和救援机器人2017年国际研讨会(SSRR 2017)的主席。

29. 五月 2017




7. 四月 2017

访问生 Edoardo Amadei的到来

在2017年3月到七月期间,访问学生 Edoardo Amadei 会加入 STAR Lab 进行机器人手臂控制的研究。 我们欢迎Edoardo来到上海,并期待有成效的访问!

27. 三月 2017


在2016年12月20日,上海科技大学自动化与机器人实验室——STAR实验室终于永久地搬到了在新的SIST大楼的STAR中心。 有关我们实验室的更多信息,请参阅实验室页面。 感谢所有帮助搬迁的学生和工作人员!

该实验室位于信息学院大楼的1D-203室(二楼) - 查看STAR中心页面的地图。


20. 十二月 2016


2015年12月有两个学生加入上海科技大学机器人实验室。侯佳维在机器人实验室完成她的毕业论文,标题为"Monocular Visual Odometry on the GPU"(“在GPU上的单目视觉测程”)。而单泽泳着力于研究一个履带机器人。

30. 十二月 2015