Aeronautics, space and transportation @ DLR

Local unit for research field AERONAUTICS, SPACE and TRANSPORT

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is Helmholtz AI's local unit for research field Aeronautics, Space and Transport. DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its mission comprises the exploration of Earth and the Solar System and research for protecting the environment. This includes the development of environment-friendly technologies for energy supply and future mobility, as well as for communications and security. 

Artificial intelligence has been an important part of research at DLR for many years. Interdisciplinary expertise, cutting-edge large-scale facilities and many years of experience in AI place DLR in the ideal position to contribute its expertise in key areas of research as part of the AI research landscape in Germany and the rest of Europe. DLR’s major areas of expertise lie in the well-founded selection, creative and innovative use, and targeted further development of AI methods for numerous industrial and socially-relevant applications in such fields as Earth observation, robotics, energy research, the development of assistance systems for air or road traffic management, and automated driving. Through this unique competence portfolio, DLR enables innovation, contributes towards the direct transfer of ground-breaking technologies to industry, makes data usable and promotes education in the field of AI – all in line with the national AI strategy. Artificial intelligence is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but rather enables task-oriented smart solutions for many current challenges. DLR is making important contributions in this field. 

Unit lead

Xiaoxiang Zhu


Xiaoxiang Zhu​​​​​​​

Anja Roesel

Outreach officer

Anja Roesel