Consortium at Technische Universität Darmstadt

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.

Intelligent Autonomous Systems

The 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.
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.
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.

Motor learning and training

The working group Motor learning and training at the Intitute of Sport Science (IfS) of the TU Darmstadt includes several projects dealing with the basic mechanisms and practical application of human motor learning, training and perception. Several projects address the issue of learning and perception in virtual environments (3D, games) as well as individualization and adaptation in motor learning and training. A further research area is the significance of spatial abilities for motor learning.
Josef Wiemeyer is a full professor for Sport Science with a specialization in movement and training science. He holds a master degree in education (Ancient Latin, Physical education) and a PhD in Medicine. He is also the head of the Center of Interdisciplinary Research at TU Darmstadt. His current research focus is on ICT-supported motor learning and training (including Serious Games).
Gerrit Kollegger is a Ph.D. student at IfS under the supervision of Josef Wiemeymer. He holds two diploma degrees in Sport Science and Mechanical Engineering from TU Darmstadt. His Diploma's thesis work focused on contemplation of the motion trajectory in the human walk and the development of a novel analytical method.

Forum for interdisciplinary Research

The institute FiF was founded as a result of a senate vote from December 2008. In its current form, working broadly throughout the university to foster networks, it is the result of an internal university discussion on how best to organize interdisciplinary research.

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:

  • to serve and to promote an interdisciplinary culture at the university as a beacon of responsibility, security and sustainability.
  • to bundle existing interdisciplinary activities
  • to network internal researchers and junior researchers
  • to transfer research results into the classroom
  • to initiate ideas and cooperations
  • to develop interdisciplinary research projects
  • to offer an interdisciplinary framework for the presentation of research
  • to promote curiosity, culture of debate, dialogue and self-reflection

     

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