I have gained experience in research and development work as well as project leadership in multiple projects funded nationally and internationally.

My main research focus is on robust perception for interaction and collaboration. This explicitly includes both perspectives: Perception of the environment and people therein as well as perception of the system by the human. It therefore links aspects of 3D computer vision and visualization through augmented and virtual reality.

I was able to build leadership skills in multiple ways. Most recently, I manage a group of five researchers in the context of human-robot collaboration. In this role, I lead multiple research projects. Previously, I gained experience as a Work Package Leader in the H2020 DexROV Project and as team leader during our participation in the 2013 Spacebot Cup organized by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Besides that, I laterally led other PhD students and post-docs in a number of projects.

I have worked in the following research projects:

Current Projects

January 2020 to December 2022, EU H2020
METRICS Multi-level Evaluation and Testing of Robots in International Competitions
I co-proposed and manage this coordination and support action for running robotics competitions at OFFIS. Our focus is on competitions for human-robot collaboration for agile manufacturing.
September 2019 to August 2022, BMBF
OmniConnect Multiple Vernetzung von Alltagsgegenständen über 60GHz-Label
I co-proposed and manage this R&D project for passively tracking everyday objects in daily activities with radar at OFFIS.
May 2019 to April 2021, BMBF, KMU-innovativ
STEP-UP Smarte interaktive Technologien für klebtechnische Fertigungsprozesse
I manage this transfer project for digital assistance in glueing applications at OFFIS.

Past Projects

September 2016 to December 2019, State of Lower Saxony, Germany
IKIMUNI ICT Competences for SME in Industry 4.0
In this technology transfer project, I work on sensor fusion and perception for human-robot collaboration. As a group manager, I also lead three other focus projects within IKIMUNI.

Past Projects

September 2016 to December 2019, State of Lower Saxony, Germany
IKIMUNI ICT Competences for SME in Industry 4.0
In this technology transfer project, I am working on full-body human motion tracking and localization for human-robot collaboration in Industry 4.0. I co-supervise a small number of doctoral students in the area of robotics and perception, develop new projects, and contribute to the strategic development of OFFIS in this area.

Past Projects

March 2015 to August 2018, EU Horizon2020
DexROV Effective Dexterous ROV Operations in Presence of Communication Latencies
As co-proposer and work package leader for “Underwater perception and modeling”, I supervised contributions by Jacobs and maintained inter-partner collaboration. My own development work focused on visual odometry and online SLAM with stereo cameras.
January 2014 to December 2016, EU FP7
CADDY Cognitive autonomous diving buddy
I co-supervised contributions by Jacobs University to this underwater HRI project. My contributions involved SLAM with stereo cameras.
March 2013 to November 2013, BMWi/DLR
Spacebot Cup 2013
As a team leader, I was responsible for the overall integration effort and managing the research and development work in the group. My main contribution was in 3D simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), with additional contributions to networking and 3D sensing.
February 2012 to January 2016, EU FP7
MORPH Marine robotic system of self-organizing, logically linked physical nodes
I co-supervised contributions from Jacobs University to opto-acoustic simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and stereo camera sensing. I was also responsible for some coordination with project partners. My own research contributions focused on robust SLAM methods, mainly implemented with stereo cameras.
February 2011 to January 2015, EU FP7
RobLog Cognitive Robot for Automation of Logistic Processes
During my brief work in this project, I focused on contributions in 3D simultaneous localization and mapping for the moving base of the robot.
February 2009 to January 2012, EU FP7
Co3 AUVs Cooperative Cognitive Control for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
In this project, I worked on 2D/3D multi-robot simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). I was also responsible for the development of the custom underwater simulator and some hardware integration. I co-organized two project summer schools.
February 2005 to January 2010, DFG
Learning 3-Dimensional Maps of Unstructured Environments on a Mobile Robot
As a researcher, I contributed to the pose-graph SLAM backend.
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