The Institute of Optical Sensor Systems investigates and develops active and passive optical sensor systems for satellites, flying platforms and robotic systems. The institute is participating in the scientific analysis of the resulting data. It is involved in numerous national and international cooperations. Our vision is to develop automated optical sensor systems that are analogous to and extensions of human visual perception.
The Institute was founded in 2013. Its origins, however, go back to the 1980s. The precursor to the Institute was part of the Institute of Space Research at the Academy of Sciences of the GDR and became part of DLR in 1992. In 2013, the DLR Institute of Optical Sensor Systems was created from the Optical Information System facility at the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics.