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Bram Bolder

SHORT CV:

Diploma: Physics, Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany
PhD: Dr.rer.nat., Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
(“Coordination of an Artificial Visual System with Biological Models”)

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

System design and integration for real-time artifacts
Tracking
Low level system infrastructure (timestamping, vehicle actuation, sensory processing)

PUBLICATIONS:

B. Bolder, H. Brandl, M. Heracles, H. Janßen, I. Mikhailova, J. Schmüdderich and C. Goerick, “Expectation-driven Autonomous Learning and Interaction System”, in IEEE-RAS Int. Conf. on Humanoid Robotics, 2008.

Q. Li, M. Meier, R. Haschke, H. Ritter and B. Bolder, “Object Dexterous Manipulation in Hand Based on Finite State Machine”, Int. J. of Mechatronics and Automation, pp. 1185-1190, 2012.

T. Weisswange, B. Bolder, J. Fritsch, S. Hasler and C. Goerick, “An Integrated ADAS for Assessing Risky Situations in Urban Driving”, in Proc. IEEE Intell. Veh. Symp. (IV 2013), pp. 292-297.

Mariusz Bujny

SHORT CV:

2015: MSc. Computational Science and Engineering, Technische Universität München

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Topology Optimization
Evolutionary Computation
Machine Learning

PUBLICATIONS:

M. Bujny, N. Aulig, M. Olhofer, and F. Duddeck, “Identification of optimal topologies for crashworthiness with the evolutionary level set method”, International Journal of Crashworthiness, 23(4): 395-416, 2018.

E. Raponi, M. Bujny, M. Olhofer, N. Aulig, S. Boria, and F. Duddeck, “Kriging-assisted topology optimization of crash structures”, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 348: 730-752, 2019.

M. Bujny, N. Aulig, M. Olhofer, and F. Duddeck, “Learning-based topology variation in evolutionary level set topology optimization”, in Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, ACM, 2018, pp. 825-832.

Antonello Ceravola

SHORT CV:

Diploma: Computer Science, University Pisa, Italy
MBA: University of Warwick, United Kingdom

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

System Design and Architectures
Software Infrastructures and Integration Middlewares
Intelligent and Modular Systems

PUBLICATIONS:

A. Ceravola, F. Joublin, M. Dunn, J. Eggert, M. Stein and C. Goerick, “Integrated research and development environment for real-time distributed embodied intelligent systems”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, 2006, pp. 1631-1637.

A. Ceravola, M. Stein and C. Goerick, “Researching and developing a real-time infrastructure for intelligent systems – Evolution of an integrated approach”, Robotics and Autonomous Systems 56.1, 2008, pp. 14-28.

B. Dittes, A. Gepperth, A. Ceravola, J. Fritsch and C. Goerick, “Self-management for neural dynamics in brain-like information processing”, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communications, 2009, pp. 57-58.

Jörg Deigmöller

SHORT CV:

Diploma: Rhein-Main University of Applied Science, Germany
PhD: Brunel University London, United Kingdom

 

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Knowledge Representation and reasoning
Computer Vision
Machine Learning

PUBLICATIONS:

J. Eggert, J. Deigmoeller, L. Fischer, A. Richter, “Memory Nets: A Knowledge Representation for Autonomous Entities”, 11th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Ontology Development, 2019.

L. Fischer, S. Hasler, J. Deigmoeller, T. Schnuerer, M. Redert, U. Pluntke, K. Nagel, C. Senzel, J. Ploennigs, A. Richter, J. Eggert, “Which Tool to Use? Grounded Reasoning in Everyday Environments with Assistant Robots”, Proceedings of the 11th Cognitive Robotics Workshop, 2018.

J. Deigmöller, N. Einecke, O. Fuchs, and H. Janssen, “Road surface scanning using stereo cameras for motorcycles”, 13th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications, 2018, pp. 549–554.

Manuel Dietrich

SHORT CV:

2010 Diploma: Mechatronics, University of Applied Science, Nuernberg, Germany
2013 M.A.: Philosophy of Technology, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
2018: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Human-Machine Interaction
Philosophy of Technology

PUBLICATIONS:

M. Dietrich, T.H. Weisswange, “Distributive Justice as an Ethical Principle for Autonomous Vehicle Behavior Beyond Hazard Scenarios”, Ethics and Information Technology, Berlin: Springer, 2019, pp. 1 – 13.

M. Dietrich, E. Berlin and K. van Laerhoven, “Assessing Activity Recognition Feedback in Long-term Psychology Trials”, Proc. of the Int. Conf. on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM), ACM, Linz, Austria, 2015, pp. 121-130.

M. Dietrich and K. van Laerhoven, “Reflect Yourself! Opportunities and Limits of Wearable Activity Recognition for Self-Tracking”, Lifelogging: Digital self-tracking and Lifelogging – between disruptive technology and cultural transformation, S. Selke, Ed. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien, 2015, pp. 213-233.

Mark Dunn

SHORT CV:

Diploma: Electrical Engineering

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Sensory Processing
Embedded Systems

Julian Eggert

SHORT CV:

1994 Diploma: Physics, Technical University Munich, Germany
1999 PhD: Dr.rer.nat. (Cognitive Neuroscience, Theoretical Biophysics), Technical University Munich, Germany (“Theory of Activity-Gated Attention in the Visual Cortex”)

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Scene representation and interpretation
Risk prediction, intention estimation, decision making under uncertainty
Learning of common-sense knowledge

PUBLICATIONS:

J. Eggert, J. Deigmöller, L. Fischer and A. Richter, “Memory Nets: Knowledge Representation for Intelligent Agent Operations in Real World”, International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development, 2019.

T. Puphal, M. Probst and J. Eggert, “Probabilistic Uncertainty-Aware Risk Spot Detector for Naturalistic Driving”, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles, 2019.

B. Flade, A. Koppert, G. Ve’lez Isasmendi, M. Nieto, A. Das, D. Be’taille, O. Otaegui, J. Eggert, ” Low-Cost Lane-level self-localization using filtered GNSS and Camera to Map Alignment”, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, 2019.

Nils Einecke

SHORT CV:

2006 Diploma: Technical University Ilmenau, Germany
2012 PhD: Technical University Ilmenau, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Computer Vision
Outdoor Robotics
Efficient Algorithms

PUBLICATIONS:

J. Deigmöller, N. Einecke, O. Fuchs, and H. Janssen, “Road surface scanning using stereo cameras for motorcycles”, 13th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications, 2018, pp. 549–554.

N. Einecke, J. Deigmöller, K. Muro, and M. Franzius, “Boundary wire mapping on autonomous lawn mowers”, Field and Service Robotics, Zurich, 2017, pp. 351-365.

N. Einecke and J. Eggert, “A multi-block-matching approach for stereo”, Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, Seoul, 2015, pp. 585-592.

Lydia Fischer

PUBLICATIONS:

L. Fischer, B. Hammer and H. Wersing, “Optimal local rejection for classifiers”, Neurocomputing, vol. 214, pp. 445-457, 2016.

L. Fischer, B. Hammer and H. Wersing, “Efficient rejection strategies for prototype-based classification”, Neurocomputing, vol. 169, pp. 334-342, 2015.

L. Fischer, B. Hammer and H. Wersing, “Online Learning for an Adaptation to Confidence Drift”, In Proceedings of International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Vancouver, Canada, IJCNN, IEEE, 2016, pp. 748-755.

Benedict Flade

SHORT CV:

2015 MSc: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Digital Cartography
Computer Vision
Global Navigation Satellite System

PUBLICATIONS:

B. Flade, M. Nieto, G. Velez and J. Eggert, “Lane Detection Based Camera to Map Alignment Using Open-Source Map Data”, Proc. IEEE 21st Int. Conf. Intell. Transp. Syst. (ITSC), 2018, pp. 890-897.

J. Eggert, D. Aguirre Salazar, T. Puphal and B. Flade, “Driving Situation Analysis with Relational Local Dynamic Maps”, Proc. 4th Int. Symp. FAST-zero, 2017.

G. Cao, F. Damerow, B. Flade, M. Helmling and J. Eggert, “Camera to Map Alignment for Accurate Low-Cost Lane-Level Scene Interpretation”, Proc. IEEE 19th Int. Conf. Intell. Transp. Syst. (ITSC), 2016, pp. 498-504.

Mathias Franzius

SHORT CV:

Diploma: Computer Science, Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus, Germany
PhD: Dr.rer.nat. (Theoretical Biology), Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Outdoor robotics
Unsupervised Learning
Self-Localization

PUBLICATIONS:

B. Metka, M. Franzius, U. Bauer-Wersing, “Bio-inspired visual self-localization in real world scenarios using Slow Feature Analysis”. PLoS ONE 13(9): e0203994. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0203994.

M. Haris, M. Franzius, U. Bauer-Wersing, “Robot Navigation on Slow Feature Gradients”. International Conference on Neural Information Processing (pp. 143-154) 2018.

B. Metka, M. Franzius, U. Bauer-Wersing, “Efficient navigation using slow feature gradients”. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 1311-1316) 2017.

Timo Friedrich

SHORT CV:

2012 MSc: Mechanical and Process Engineering, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Machine Learning
Style Transfer
Geometric Deep Learning
Artificial Creativity

PUBLICATIONS:

T. Friedrich, N. Aulig, and S. Menzel, “On the Potential and Challenges of Neural Style Transfer for Three-Dimensional Shape Data”, In International Conference on Engineering Optimization 2018 (EngOpt), pp. 581-592, 2018.

M. Heiderich, T. Friedrich and M. Nguyen, “VEHICLE HANDLING OPTIMIZATION AND CONTROL – New approach for improvement of the vehicle performance by using a simulation-based optimization and evaluation method (Neuer Ansatz zur Verbesserung des Fahrverhaltens durch Verwendung einer simulationsbasierten Optimierungs- und Beurteilungsmethode)”, 7th International Munich Chassis Symposium 2017, pp. 279-293, 2017.

T. Friedrich and S. Menzel, “A cascaded evolutionary multi-objective optimization for solving the unbiased universal electric motor family problem”, 2014 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), pp. 3184-3191, 2014.

Stefan Fuchs

SHORT CV:

2006 Diploma: Computer Engineering, Technical University Berlin, Germany
2012 PhD: German Aerospace Center, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
2013-2015: Continental Automotive GmbH

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Collaborative Robotics
Depth Sensing
Human Pose Estimation and Head-Eye-Tracking

PUBLICATIONS:

T. Schnürer, S. Fuchs, M. Eisenbach, H.-M. Groß, “Real-time 3D Pose Estimation from Single Depth Images”, Proceedings of VISAPP, 2019.

N. Dahn, H.-M. Gross, S. Fuchs, “Situation Awareness for Autonomous Agents”, 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2018.

Kalman Graffi

SHORT CV:

2006: Mathematics & Computer Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
2010: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
2015 Habilitation-Equiv.: Juniorprofessor for Technology of Social Networks

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Security and privacy-awareness in distributed systems
Multiparty computation and homomorphic encryption
Secure Self-* Systems

PUBLICATIONS:

K. Graffi and A. Disterhöft. “SkyEye: A Tree-based Peer-to-Peer Monitoring Approach”. Elsevier Computer Communications, Volume 40, pp. 593-610, 2017.

A. Ippisch and K. Graffi. “Infrastructure Mode Based Opportunistic Networks on Android Devices”. IEEE 31st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA), pp. 454-461, 2017.

K. Graffi, C. Gross, D. Stingl, D. Hartung, A. Kovacevic, R. Steinmetz. “LifeSocial.KOM: A Secure and P2P-based Solution for Online Social Networks”. IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), pp. 554-558, 2011.

Michael Gienger

SHORT CV:

1998 Diploma: Mechanical Engineering, Technical University Munich, Germany
2004 PhD: Dr.-Ing.. Technical University Munich, Germany
(“Design and Realization of a Biped Walking Robot”)

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Robotics
Machine Learning
Mechatronics

PUBLICATIONS:

M. Gienger, D. Ruiken, T. Bates, M. Regaieg, M. Meissner, J. Kober, P. Seiwald and A.C. Hildebrandt, “Human-Robot Cooperative Object Manipulation with Contact Changes.” Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Intell. Robot. Syst. (IROS), 2018, pp. 1354-1360.

S. Manschitz, J. Kober, M. Gienger and J. Peters, “Learning Movement Primitive Attractor Goals and Sequential Skills from Kinesthetic Demonstrations”, Rob. Auton. Syst., vol. 74, pp. 97-107, 2015.

J. Kober, M Gienger and JJ Steil, “Learning Movement Primitives for Force Interaction Tasks”, Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Robot. Aut. (ICRA), pp. 3192-3199, 2015.

Christian Goerick

Christian Goerick

Karin Haake

SHORT CV:

2016: MSc. Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
2016-2017: Lhoist Recherche et Developpement, Nivelles, Belgium

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Project Coordination
Technology Transfer
Technology Management
Communications

Martin Heckmann

SHORT CV:

1995: INSA de Lyon, Lyon, France
1997 Diploma: University of Karlsruhe, Germany
1998: Zeiss Medicare, Dublin, CA, USA
2003 PhD: University of Karlsruhe, Germany (“Adaptive audio-visual speech recognition”)
2000/2001: gipsa Lab Grenoble, France

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Speech Understanding
Intelligent user interfaces
User modelling
Personalization

PUBLICATIONS:

A. Schnall, M. Heckmann, “Feature-Space SVM Adaptation for Speaker Adapted Word Prominence Detection”, Computer Speech and Language, 2019, vol. 53, pp 198-216.

M. Heckmann, “Audio-visual word prominence detection from clean and noisy speech”, Computer Speech and Language, 2018, vol. 48, pp 15-30.

N. Schömig, M. Heckmann, H. Wersing, C. Maag, A. Neukum, “”Please watch right” – Evaluation of a speech-based on-demand assistance system for urban intersections”, Transp. Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour, 2018, vol. 54, pp 196-210.

Herbert Janssen

SHORT CV:

Diploma: Physics

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Driver modelling
Motorcycle assistance systems
Learning

PUBLICATIONS:

J. Deigmoeller, H. Janssen, O. Fuchs and J. Eggert, “Monocular rear approach indicator for motorcycles”, Proc. VISAPP Conf., 2014, vol. 3, pp. 474-480.

N. Magiera, H. Janssen, M. E. Heckmann, H. Winner, “Rider Skill Identification by Probabilistic Segmentation into Motorcycle Maneuver Primitives “, Proc. ITSC 2016.

N. Magiera, H. Janssen, H. Winner,”An Approach for Automatic Riding Skill Identification – Methodology and first Results”, Proc. ifz 2016

Frank Joublin

SHORT CV:

Diploma: Electronics and computer science, EUDIL, Lille, France
PhD: Neuroscience, University of Rouen, France
Post-doc, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Phillips Speech Processing, Aachen, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Semantic acquisition
Developmental robotics
Auditory signal processing in the brain

PUBLICATIONS:

C. Gläser and F. Joublin, “A Computational Model for Grounding Words in the Perception of Agents”, Proceedings of the 9th IEEE Int. Conf. on Development and Learning (ICDL), Ann Arbor, Mich., 2010, pp. 26-32.

C. Gläser and F. Joublin, “Firing Rate Homeostasis for Dynamic Neural Field Formation”, Journal of Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development archive, IEEE, 2011, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp. 285-299 .

N. Hemion et al., “Integration of Sensorimotor Mappings by Making Use of Redundancies”, Proceedings of the Int. Joint Conf. on Neural Networks (IJCNN), Brisbane, Australia, 2012, pp. 1-8.

Matti Krüger

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Augmented Perception
Cooperative Human-Machine Interaction
Adaptive Interfaces

PUBLICATIONS:

M. Krüger, C. Wiebel and H. Wersing (2017), “From Tools Towards Cooperative Assistants.”, HAI 2017 – 5th International Conference on Human Agent Interaction, pp. 287-294.

B. Wahn, J. Schwandt, M. Krüger, D. Crafa, V. Nunnendorf and P. König (2016), “Multisensory teamwork: using a tactile or an auditory display to exchange gaze information improves performance in joint visual search”, Ergonomics 59(6), pp. 781-795.

Z. Afsari, J. Ossandon, M. Krüger, M. Hampel and P. König (2013), “The Effect of Language on Horizontal Asymmetry in Overt Attention”, 10th Goettingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, pp. 13-16.

Felix Lanfermann

SHORT CV:

2018: MSc. Mechatronics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Artificial Intelligence for Engineering
Computational Creativity
Machine Learning

PUBLICATIONS:

S. Khodaverdian, F. Lanfermann and J. Adamy, “Root Locus Design for the Synchronization of Multi-Agent Systems in General Directed Networks”, 5th IFAC Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems (NecSys), Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 2015.

Steffen Limmer

SHORT CV:

2008 Diploma: Computer Science, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
2015 PhD: Dr.-Ing., Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Evolutionary Optimization
Prediction
Energy Management

PUBLICATIONS:

S. Limmer and T. Rodemann, “Peak Load Reduction through Dynamic Pricing for Electric Vehicle Charging”, International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, vol. 113, pp. 117-128, 2019.

S. Limmer and M. Dietrich, “Optimization of Dynamic Prices for Electric Vehicle Charging Considering Fairness,” IEEE SSCI, pp. 2304-2311, 2018.

S. Limmer and T. Rodemann, “Multi-objective optimization of plug-in electric vehicle charging prices,” IEEE SSCI, pp. 2853-2860, 2017.

Viktor Losing

SHORT CV:

2015 MSc.: Intelligent Systems, Bielefeld University, Germany
2019 PhD: Dr. rer. nat. (Machine Learning), Bielefeld University, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Machine Learning
Data Mining
Natural Language Understanding

PUBLICATIONS:

V. Losing, B. Hammer & H. Wersing, “Tackling Heterogeneous Concept Drift with the Self-Adjusting Memory (SAM)”. Knowledge and Information Systems, 54(1), 171–201.

V. Losing, B. Hammer & H. Wersing, “Enhancing Very Fast Decision Trees with Local Split-Time Predictions”. Proc. ICDM 2018.

V. Losing, B. Hammer & H. Wersing, “Incremental On-line Learning: A Review and Comparison of State-of-the-Art Algorithms”. Neurocomputing, 2018 275.

Simon Manschitz

SHORT CV:

2014: MSc. Information System Technology, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
2017: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
2017 PhD: Dr.-Ing., Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Machine Learning
Robotics
Behavior Generation

PUBLICATIONS:

S. Manschitz, M. Gienger, J. Kober, J. Peters, “Mixture of Attractors: A novel Movement Primitive Representation for Learning Motor Skills from Demonstrations”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), vol. 3, num. 2, pp. 926-933, 2018.

S. Manschitz, J. Kober, M. Gienger, J. Peters, “Learning Movement Primitive Attractor Goals and Sequential Skills from Kinesthetic Demonstrations”, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 74, pp. 97-107, 2015.

S. Manschitz, M. Gienger, J. Kober, J. Peters, “Probabilistic Decomposition of Sequential Force Interaction Tasks into Movement Primitives”, Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 3920-3927, 2016.

Stefan Menzel

SHORT CV:

1998 Diploma: Civil Engineering, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Germany
2004 PhD: Dr.-Ing., Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
1998-1999: Philipp Holzmann AG, Düsseldorf, Germany
2017 PhD: Dr.-Ing., Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Evolutionary Optimization
Geometry Processing
Machine Learning

PUBLICATIONS:

X. Lu, S. Menzel, K. Tang, X. Yao, “Cooperative co-evolution-based design optimization: a concurrent engineering perspective”, in IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, vol. 22, IEEE, 2017, pp. 173-188.

N. Aulig, E. Nutwell, S. Menzel, D. Detwiler, “Preference-based topology optimization for vehicle concept design with concurrent static and crash load cases”, in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, vol. 57, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2018, pp. 251-266.

D. Sieger, S. Gaulik, J. Achenbach, S. Menzel, M. Botsch, “Constrained space deformation techniques for design optimization”, in Computer-Aided Design, vol. 72, Elsevier, 2016, pp. 40-51.

Manuel Mühlig

SHORT CV:

2008 Diploma: Computer Science, Technical University Ilmenau, Germany
2011 PhD: Dr.-Ing., Bielefeld University, Germany (“A Whole Systems Approach to Robot Imitation Learning of Object”)

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Robot imitation learning and movement generation
Robotic systems and integration
Long-term autonomous systems

PUBLICATIONS:

M. Mühlig, A. Hayashi, M. Gienger, S. Iba and T. Yoshiike, “Receding Horizon Optimization of Robot Motions generated by Hierarchical Movement Primitives”, Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Intell. Robot. Syst. (IROS), 2014, pp. 129-135.

A.-L. Vollmer, M. Mühlig, J. J. Steil, K. Pitsch, J. Fritsch, K. J. Rohlfing and B. Wrede, “Robots Show Us How to Teach Them: Feedback from Robots Shapes Tutoring Behavior during Action Learning”, PLoS ONE, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 1-12, 2014.

M. Mühlig, M. Gienger and J. J. Steil, “Interactive imitation learning of object movement skills”, Auton. Robots, vol. 32, pp. 97-114, 2012.

Siddhata Naik

SHORT CV:

2016: M. Eng. Information Technology, SRH University Heidelberg, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Software Infrastructure and Integration
System Design and Architecture

Markus Olhofer

SHORT CV:

1995 Diploma: Electrical Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2001 PhD: Electrical Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Evolutionary Computation
Artificial Intelligence
Data Mining

PUBLICATIONS:

R. Cheng, Y. Jin, M. Olhofer and B. Sendhoff, “A Reference Vector Guided Evolutionary Algorithm for Many-objective Optimization” in IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 20(5): 773-791, 2016.

M. Bujny, N. Aulig, M. Olhofer, and F. Duddeck, “Hybrid evolutionary approach for level set topology optimization”, in Evolutionary Computation (CEC), 2016 IEEE Congress on, 2016, pp. 5092–5099.

O. Smalikho and M. Olhofer, “Adaptive System Design by a Simultaneous Evolution of Morphology and Information Processing”, in Simulated Evolution and Learning, Springer, 2014, pp. 25–36.

Malte Probst

SHORT CV:

2008 Diploma: Computer Science and Business Administration, University of Mannheim, Germany
2008-2010: Technical Consultant at Hewlett-Packard
2016 PhD: Dr.rer.pol. (Computer Science and Business Administration) University of Mainz, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Unsupervised representation learning
Intelligent, learning agents (reinforcement learning)
Behavior planning for autonomous vehicles

PUBLICATIONS:

T. Puphal, M. Probst and J. Eggert, “Probabilistic Uncertainty-Aware Risk Spot Detector for Naturalistic Driving”, IEEE Trans. on Intell. Veh., 2019.

T. Puphal, M. Probst, Y. Li, Y. Sakamoto and J. Eggert, “Optimization of Velocity Ramps with Survival Analysis for Intersection Merge-Ins”, in Proc. IEEE Intell. Veh. Symp., 2018.

M. Probst, F. Rothlauf and J. Grahl, “Scalability of using Restricted Boltzmann Machines for combinatorial optimization”, European Journal of Operational Research vol. 256, no. 2, pp. 368-383, 2017.

Tim Puphal

SHORT CV:

2016 MSc: Automotive Mechatronics, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Situation Classification
Risk Evaluation
Behavior Planning

PUBLICATIONS:

T. Puphal, M. Probst, Y. Li, Y. Sakamoto and J. Eggert, “Optimization of Velocity Ramps with Survival Analysis for Intersection Merge-Ins”, in Proc. IEEE Intell. Veh. Symp., 2018.

T. Puphal, M. Probst and J. Eggert, “Probabilistic Uncertainty-Aware Risk Spot Detector for Naturalistic Driving”, IEEE Trans. on Intell. Veh., 2019.

J. Eggert and T. Puphal, “Continuous Risk Measures for Driving Support”, JSAE Int. Journ. of Autom. Eng., 2018.

Krishna Rajan

SHORT CV:

2014: MSc Nanotechnology, Politecnico Di Torino, Italy
2018 PhD: Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Intellectual Property Protection
Hybrid Memristors
Nanomaterial Synthesis and Thin Film Deposition

PUBLICATIONS:

K. Rajan, K. Bejtka, S. Bocchini, D. Perrone, A. Chiappone, I. Roppolo, C. F. Pirri, C. Ricciardi and A. Chiolerio, “Highly performing ionic liquid enriched hybrid RSDs”, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, pp 6144-6155.

K. Rajan, S. Bocchini, A. Chiappone, I. Roppolo, D. Perrone, M. Castellino, K. Bejtka, M. Lorusso, C. Ricciardi C. F. Pirri, and A. Chiolerio, “WORM and bipolar inkjet printed resistive switching devices based on silver nanocomposites”, Flex. Print. Electron., 2017, 2, 024002.

K. Rajan, I. Roppolo, K. Bejtka, A. Chiappone, S. Bocchini, D. Perrone, C. F. Pirri, C. Ricciardi and A. Chiolerio, “Performance comparison of hybrid resistive switching devices based on solution-processable nanocomposites”, Appl. Surf. Sci., 2018, Vol. 443, pp 475-483.

Tobias Rodemann

SHORT CV:

1998 Diploma: Physics (Neuroinformatics), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2003 PhD: Dr.rer.nat., Technical Sciences, Bielefeld University, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Smart Energy Management
Many-objective Optimization and Multi-Criteria Decision Making
System simulation

PUBLICATIONS:

R. Cheng, T. Rodemann, M. Fischer, M. Olhofer and Y. Jin, “Evolutionary Many-Objective Optimization of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Control: From General Optimization to Preference Articulation”, in IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 97-111, 2017.

T. Rodemann, “Industrial Portfolio Management for Many-Objective Optimization Algorithms”, IEEE WCCI, 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

T. Jatschka, T. Rodemann, G. Raidl, “A Cooperative Optimization Approach for Distributing Service Points in Mobility Applications”, EvoCOP, 2019, LNCS 11452, Springer.

Dirk Ruiken

SHORT CV:

2007 Diploma: Computer Science, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
2017 PhD: Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA (“Belief-Space Planning for Resourceful Manipulation and Mobility”)

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Robotics
Probabilistic Planning
Manipulation

PUBLICATIONS:

D. Ruiken, T. Liu, T. Takahashi, and R. Grupen, “Reconfigurable Tasks in Belief-Space Planning”, 16th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Cancun, Mexico, 2016.

D. Ruiken, JM. Wong, T. Liu, M. Hebert, T. Takahashi, M. Lanighan, and R. Grupen, “Affordance-Based Active Belief: Recognition using Visual and Manual Actions”, International Conference on Robotics and Systems (IROS), Daejeon, Korea, 2016.

D. Ruiken, M. Lanighan, and R. Grupen, “Postural Modes and Control for Dexterous Mobile Manipulation: the UMass uBot Concept”, 13th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Atlanta, USA, 2013.

Ahmed Sadik

SHORT CV:

2013 MSc.:  Automation Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
2019 PhD: University of Rostock, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Information System Architecture
Human-Robot Cooperation
Artificial Software Agents

PUBLICATIONS:

A. R. Sadik, B. Urban, A Holonic “Control System Design for a Human & Industrial Robot Cooperative Workcell”, In 2016 International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (ICARSC). IEEE, (2016).

A. R. Sadik, B. Urban, Ontology in “Holonic Cooperative Manufacturing: A Solution to Share and Exchange the Knowledge”, In International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering, and Knowledge Management. Springer, (2017).

A. R. Sadik, B.  Urban, “Flow Shop Scheduling Problem and Solution in Cooperative Robotics — Case-Study: One Cobot in Cooperation with One Worker”, Future Internet, (2017).

Sneha Saha

SHORT CV:

2018 MSc.: Computer Science, Delft University of Technology, The Netherland & KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Deep Neural Network
Machine Learning
Multi objective optimization

Sebastian Schmitt

SHORT CV:

2002 Diploma: Physics, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
2008 PhD: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
2009-2011: Post-doc, Technical University Dortmund, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Optimization
Data mining
Machine learning

PUBLICATIONS:

C. Priester, S. Schmitt, and T.P. Peixoto, “Limits and Trade-Offs of Topological Network Robustness”, PLOS ONE 9, e108215, 2014.

S. Schmitt and F.B. Anders, “Nonequilibrium Zeeman-splitting in quantum transport through nanoscale junctions”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 056801, 2011.

S. Schmitt, “Non-Fermi-liquid signatures in the Hubbard model due to van Hove singularities”, Phys. Rev. B 82, 155126, 2010.

Oliver Schön

SHORT CV:

2018 MSc.: Automotive Mechatronics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Mechatronics
3D Modeling
Electronics development

Jens Schmüdderich

SHORT CV:

2006 Diploma: Computer Science, Bielefeld University, Germany
2009 PhD: Dr.-Ing. (Cognitive Robotics), Bielefeld University, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Behavior Prediction
Situation Understanding
Data Privacy & Secure Computing

PUBLICATIONS:

S. Bonnin, T. Weisswange, F. Kummert and J. Schmuedderich, “General behavior prediction by a combination of situation specific models”, IEEE Trans. Intell. Transp. Syst., vol. 15, issue 4, pp. 1-11, 2014.

J. Schmuedderich et al., “A novel approach to driver behavior prediction using scene context and physical evidence for intelligent adaptive cruise control (i-ACC) “, Proc. 3rd Int. Symp. FAST-zero, 2015, pp. 85-92.

J. Schmuedderich et al., “Estimating object proper motion using optical flow, kinematics, and depth information.” IEEE Trans. Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B (Cybernetics), vol.  38, issue 4, pp. 1139-1151, 2008.

Bernhard Sendhoff

SHORT CV:

1993 Diploma: Physics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
1990-1991: University of Sussex, United-Kingdom
1992-1993: University of Sussex, United-Kingdom
1998 PhD: Dr.rer.nat. (Physics), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2007: Honorary Professor, School of Computer Science,
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
2008: Honorary Professor, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Computational Intelligence
System Optimization
Cooperative Intelligence

PUBLICATIONS:

H. Beyer and B. Sendhoff, “Robust optimization – A comprehensive survey”, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol. 196, issue 33, pp. 3190-3218, 2007.

Y. Jin, M. Olhofer and B. Sendhoff, “A framework for evolutionary optimization with approximate fitness functions”, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, vol. 6, issue 5, pp. 481-494, 2002.

H. Beyer and B. Sendhoff, “Simplify Your Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy”, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 2017.

Marcus Stein

SHORT CV:

2005: Computer Science, University of Applied Sciences, Merseburg, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Linux toolchains
build automation
DevOps
IT law & IP compliance management
Video editing

PUBLICATIONS:

A. Ceravola, F. Joublin, M. Dunn, J. Eggert, M. Stein and C. Goerick, “Integrated research and development environment for real-time distributed embodied intelligent systems”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, 2006, pp. 1631-1637.

A. Ceravola, M. Stein and C. Goerick, “Researching and developing a real-time infrastructure for intelligent systems – Evolution of an integrated approach”, Robotics and Autonomous Systems 56.1, 2008, pp. 14-28.

Chao Wang

SHORT CV:

2009: M.F.A Interaction Design, Zhejiang University, China
2017 PhD: Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Automotive HCI
Human-Robot Interaction
Explainable AI

PUBLICATIONS:

C. Wang, J. Terken, J. Hu and M. Rauterberg, “Likes and dislikes on the road: a social feedback system for improving driving behavior”, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, 2016, pp. 43-50.

C. Wang, J. Terken, J. Hu, “CarNote: reducing misunderstanding between drivers by digital augmentation”, Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, 2017, pp. 85-94.

Martin Weigel

SHORT CV:

2014 MSc.: Computer Science, Saarland University, Germany
2017 PhD: Dr.-Ing. (Computer Science), Saarland University and Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Human-Computer Interaction
Mobile and Wearable Computing
Soft and Stretchable Electronics

PUBLICATIONS:

M. Weigel, A. S. Nittala, A. Olwal and J. Steimle, “SkinMarks: Enabling Interactions on Body Landmarks Using Conformal Skin Electronics”, Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI ’17.

M. Weigel, T. Lu, G. Bailly, A. Oulasvirta, C. Majidi and J. Steimle, “iSkin: Flexible, Stretchable and Visually Customizable On-Body Touch Sensors for Mobile Computing”, Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI ’15.

M. Weigel, V. Mehta and J. Steimle, “More Than Touch: Understanding How People Use Skin as an Input Surface for Mobile Computing”, Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI ’14.

Thomas Weisswange

SHORT CV:

2008 Diploma: Bioinformatics, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
2012 PhD: Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and
Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany (“Development of cue integration with reward-mediated learning”)

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Intelligent Transportation Systems
Decision Making & Reinforcement Learning
Cognitive Systems Architecture

PUBLICATIONS:

T.H. Weisswange, S. Rebhan, B. Bolder, N.A. Steinhardt, F. Joublin, J. Schmuedderich, C.Goerick, “intelligent Traffic Flow Assist: Optimized Highway Driving Using Conditional Behavior Prediction”, IEEE Intell. Transp. Syst. Mag., in press, 2019.

M.C. Buehler, T.H. Weisswange, “Online inference of human belief for cooperative robots”, In Proc. IROS 2018, Madrid, Spain.

S. Bonnin, T.H. Weisswange, F. Kummert and J. Schmuedderich, “General behavior prediction by a combination of situation specific models”, IEEE Trans. Intell. Transp. Syst., vol. 15, issue 4, pp. 1-11, 2014.

Raphael Wenzel

SHORT CV:

2018 MSc.: Automotive Mechatronics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Automated Driving and Intelligent Vehicles
Behavior and Trajectory Planning
Control Theory

PUBLICATIONS:

W. Wachenfeld, P. Junietz, R. Wenzel and H. Winner. “The worst-time-to-collision metric for situation identification.” In 2016 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV), pp. 729-734. IEEE, 2016.

Heiko Wersing

SHORT CV:

1998 Diploma: Physics, Bielefeld University, Germany
2000 PhD: Dr.rer.nat. Computer Science, Bielefeld University, Germany
2017: Honorary Professor, Bielefeld University, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Incremental and online learning
Human machine interaction
Personalization

PUBLICATIONS:

V. Losing, B. Hammer and H. Wersing, “KNN Classifier with Self-Adjusting
Memory for Heterogeneous Concept Drift”, Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Data
Mining (ICDM).  Best paper award, 2016, pp. 291-300.

S. Kirstein, H. Wersing, H.-M. Gross, and E. Körner, “A Life-Long
Learning Vector Quantization Approach for Interactive Learning of
Multiple Categories”, Neural Networks vol. 28, pp.90-105, 2012.

H. Wersing and E. Körner, “Learning optimized features for hierarchical
models of invariant recognition”, Neural Computation vol. 15(7),
pp.1559-1588, 2003.

Christiane Wiebel

SHORT CV:

2010 Diploma: Psychology, Eberhard-Karls University Tuebingen, Germany
2014 PhD: Psychology, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany (“Visual perception of materials and material properties”)
2014-2016: Post-doc Psychology, Technical University Berlin, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:

Human-Machine Interaction and Cooperation
Perception & Psychophysics

PUBLICATIONS:

C. Wiebel*, G. Aguilar* and M. Maertens, „Maximum likelihood difference scales represent perceptual magnitudes and predict appearance matches“, Journal of Vision, 17(4):1, 2017.

R. Fleming, C. Wiebel and K. Gegenfurtner, “Perceptual qualities and material classes”, Journal of Vision, 13(8):9, 2013.

C. Wiebel, M. Valsecchi and K. Gegenfurtner, “The speed and accuracy of material recognition in natural images”, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75(5), pp. 954-966, 2013.

Patricia Wollstadt

SHORT CV:

Diploma: Diploma Psychology, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, MSc Computer Science, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
PhD: Dr. rer. nat., Computer Science, Brain Imaging Center, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany

PUBLICATIONS:

P. Wollstadt, J.T. Lizier, R. Vicente, C. Finn, M. Martínez-Zarzuela, P. Mediano, L. Novelli, M. Wibral, “IDTxl: The Information Dynamics Toolkit xl: a Python package for the efficient analysis of multivariate information dynamics in networks”, Journal of Open Source Software 4(34), 1081, 2019.

P. Wollstadt, K.K. Sellers, L. Rudelt, V. Priesemann , A. Hutt, F. Fröhlich, M. Wibral, “Breakdown of local information processing may underlie isoflurane anesthesia effects”, PLoS Computational Biology 13 (6), e1005511, 2017.

P. Wollstadt, U. Meyer, M. Wibral, “A Graph Algorithmic Approach to Separate Direct from Indirect Neural Interactions”, PLoS ONE 10(10), e0140530, 2015.

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