Welcome to the SwarmLab at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

 Take a look at our new Robotic Game AI student project called: CIcker Season 1

SwarmLab is founded in 2015 with the goal to implement our theoretical algorithms not only on simulations, but also on real hardware. Our major focus is on the application of “realistic” robotic systems which could be used anytime outside the lab. This means that we do not rely on indoor positioning systems. This constraint poses a lot of challenges but helps us to get closer to real-world scenarios. Currently we have 5  robotic platforms.

We work on swarm intelligence, evolutionary and swarm robotic algorithms on these robotic platforms and study the collective behavior on a large number of simple robotic systems. In addition, we work on various topics such as indoor localization, collective and individual decision-making, imperfect and imprecise movements in robotics systems and collective search methodologies. 

SwarmLab has currently over 30 members who actively participate in various robotic competitions such as RoboCup competitions. Our robotic team got the second place at the worldCup 2019 in Sydney, Australia. 

Currently SwarmLab is equipped with 5 Robotioc Platforms:

Flying Swarm:

Taking the freedom for moving in a three-dimensional space, we work on diverse topics about Swarm Intelligence using flying robots (FINken-III). These robots are built by us to be able to fully understand their functionality and program them using our own algorithms.

Rolling Swarm: 

This platform contains over 65 Spheros which perform swarm behaviours in fully autonomous mode. 

Driving Swarm:

We develop swarm intelligence algorithms and especially indoor localization methods (without using external positioning systems) and test them on a swarm of TurtleBots. 

Nao Platform: 

We study AI algorithms on Nao which is supposed to work together with other platforms such as the Rolling Swarm.


This robotis platform is used by the RoboCup Team. The main task comes from the @Work League robotic competition about Navigation, Transportation, and precision placement: http://www.robotto.ovgu.de


SwarmLab is founded in 2015 by Professor Sanaz Mostaghim with an official opening ceremony on 19 February 2016. Marco Tullner (State secretary) and Dr. Peter Tauber together with the president of the university Prof. Dr. Jens Strackeljan visited our SwarmLab.

You are more than welcome to contribute and take part in our team meetings. Simply write us an email to: sanaz.mostaghim or christoph.steup @ ovgu . de

New videos about the Rolling Swarm are now online: Videos


For students: We always offer topics for Bachelor/Master Thesis, Software Team Projects (Bachelor), Scientific Team projects (Master), Individual Projects (Master) and Digital Engineering Projects. Please check out our current topics in simulation and robotics




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