Attach:tu_darmstadt.png Δ The Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) is one of Germany’s leading technical universities, and also Germany’s first fully autonomous university. The TU Darmstadt has a state funded budget of 270 million Euros (2010, incl. building funds) and currently participates in 68 FP7 projects.
Attach:iasLogo.jpg ΔThe Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) institute of the TU Darmstadt is considered one of the strongest robot learning groups in Europe with expertise ranging from the development of novel machine learning methods (e.g., novel reinforcement learning approaches, policy search, imitation learning, regression approaches, etc.) over autonomous robotics (e.g., robot learning architectures, motor skill representation, acquisition & refinement, grasping, manipulation, nonlinear control, operational space control, robot table tennis, legged locomotion) up to the design of biomimetic motor control systems and brain-robot interfaces. IAS members are well-known researchers both in the machine learning and the robotics community.
Attach:jan.jpg Δ Jan Peters is a full professor of Computer Science, head of IAS as well as Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Jan Peters holds four masters degrees in computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering from TUM, USC & FernUni Hagen as well as a Ph.D. from USC. He has received numerous awards, the most recent awards include the 2013 Early Career Award of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and the 2013 INNS Young Investigator Award.
Attach:marco.jpg Δ Marco Ewerton is a Ph.D. student at the IAS under the supervision of Jan Peters. He holds a masters degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from the TU Darmstadt. His Master's thesis work focused on modeling human-robot interaction with probabilistic movement representations.
The TU Darmstadt has a long-standing culture of cooperation across department boundaries. The roots of FiF can be traced back to at least 1987, when the university laid its groundwork by establishing the Center for Interdisciplinary Technology Research (ZIT, 1987-2008). It supplemented the classical department structure through flexible cooperation forms for research and teaching. The Forum for interdisciplinary Research builds on the successful interdisciplinary work at the TU Darmstadt. It understands itself as a bridge-building instrument going beyond the scope of the previous organisational form.
Mission of the Forum for Interdisciplinary Research: