Robot-assisted inland water monitoring (RoBiMo)

On 01 January 2020, the interdisciplinary ESF junior research group RoBiMo started their work at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg on the topic of robot-assisted inland water monitoring. The project will be supported by the Free State of Saxony with resources from the European Social Fund until the end of December 2022.


The main objectives of the ESF junior research group are:

  • 3D depth-resolved recording of inland water quality parameters with an autonomously driving swimming robot
  • development of new sensors for the determination of nitrate and microplastic contents
  • validation of the results through in situ measurements and sampling conducted by scientific divers to carry out further analytical methods
  • geoscientific evaluation of water quality parameters and respiratory flows for a better understanding of limnic processes
  • data visualization by means of artificial intelligence and virtual reality

Graphic project outline of the project “RoBiMo” with the swimming robot “Elisabeth” in the water. The robot is equipped with a multi-parameter sensor chain and a sonar, and it communicates with a base station on the bank.


Project members:

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Contact persons:

Institute of Electronic and Sensor Materials (ESM)

Phone +49 3731 39-2146
Yvonne [dot] Josephatesm [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

M.Sc. Sebastian Pose

M.Sc. Sebastian Pose


Speaker of the ESF junior research group

Zimmer Scientific Diving Center (SDC) Room 310

Telefon Phone +49 3731 39-3252
Fax +49 3731 39-3963
Sebastian [dot] Poseatsdc [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de




Sister project AIRGEMM:

The ESF junior research group collaborates with the Institute for Computer Science, in particular the AIRGEMM project, to implement the above-mentioned goals. The AIRGEMM team focuses on the further development of the swimming robot “Elisabeth” as well as on the methods of artificial intelligence and data processing.