ESF Junior Research Group ARIDuA

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Autonomous robots and the Internet of Things in underground mining

The interdisciplinary ESF Junior Research Group ARIDuA is conducting research on the topic “Autonomous robots and the Internet of Things in underground mining” (Autonome Roboter und Internet der Dinge in untertägigen Anlagen). Beginning 1st of July 2017 and running until June 2020, the project is funded by the Free State of Saxony and the European Social Funds (ESF). The current group speaker is Prof. Helmut Mischo, Chair for Underground Mining Methods.

  Gruppenbild alle Mitarbeiter des ARIDuA Projektes auf dem Gelände der Reichen Zeche














ARIDuA is divided into six work packages where each junior researcher will work on a specialised topic. Five institutes are involved with five professors who are responsible for mentoring the junior researchers.

Project objectives

Identification of the robot's core properties for planned applications

Development of new methods and technologies for smart-mining-environments with IoT infrastructure and determining robot applications

Use of a prototype robot in the research and teaching mine of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Investigation of the role of robots in installing, maintaining, rearranging and removing of IoT infrastructure in underground mining

Junior researchers achieving PhD qualifications and completing individual advanced training

Investigation of synergetic effects between robotics and IoT

Further Information


Mr. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Mischo

Mr. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Mischo

Junior Research Group Speaker


Telefon +49 3731 39-2044
Helmut [dot] Mischoatmabb [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Steve Grehl

Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Steve Grehl

Junior Researchers Speaker


Telefon +49 3731 39-3292
Steve [dot] Grehlatinformatik [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

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Junior Researcher Franziska Wolf presents a poster about ARIDuA
Junior Researcher Franziska Wolf reached a 4th place in the 2018 SME Graduate Student Poster Contest at the 2018 SME Conference & Expo with a poster about ARIDuA on 28 February 2018. The competition was sponsored by Caterpillar. A total of 22 young scientists took part. weitere Informationen
Video "Julius - der Bergbauroboter aus Freiberg"
On 2 March, the German television station MDR reported on the ARIDuA project and the mining robot Julius in the programme "MDR um 4". The filming took place last Tuesday at the Research and Teaching mine of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Have a look on the video in the MDR Media Library. weitere Informationen
In the four-year project UNDROMEDA, an autonomous robot system for the exploration and monitoring of underground caverns, tunnels and canals is being developed. Drones will be used in the project. weitere Informationen
Mining Robot "Julius" takes a water sample. © Eckardt Mildner
The regional paper "Freie Presse" reported about the project ARIDuA and the application of the robot Julius in the Research and Teaching Mine of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. weitere Informationen
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