I am a PhD student in robotics at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and RWTH Aachen. The working title of my dissertation is Skill generalisation and experience acquisition for predicting and avoiding robot execution failures; the focus of my work is on (i) making the process of robot action execution more transparent and (ii) increasing the introspection of robots so that, on the one hand, they are not oblivious to failures and, on the other hand, can be diagnosed more easily. Robots are unfortunately (still) fairly stupid in general, so my goal is to make them just a little bit smarter and more aware of their shortcomings.
Domestic robotics is my main domain of interest - a useful household assistant that can relieve me of mundane household chores would be great to have - which is why I am part of the b-it-bots@Home robotics team at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. I mainly work with a Toyota HSR robot there.
I think programming is my primary hobby; I get to learn a lot and have fun at the same time. Trying to incorporate interesting mathematical models into my work is a close second.
Other than that, I’m also a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones (interestingly enough, I initially disliked GoT). I am also an avid Nightwish fan (but I like all sorts of music). I sometimes follow sports as well, particularly handball, football, and tennis; in the past, I also used to play football quite a lot, but I’m not really doing that anymore.
I come from a fairly musical family and while I am not doing music professionally, I love practicing my voice (I hope my neighbours don’t mind). I also play the guitar a bit (thanks to my brother who taught me the basics).