After graduating with a Master’s degree in computer science (German “Diplom-Informatiker”) from Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany in 2006, I obtained my PhD degree at the chair of Automation Technology at TU Chemnitz, supervised by Prof. Peter Protzel in April 2012. For my PhD thesis I focused on robust graph-based models for SLAM and probabilistic estimation.

After two more years as a postdoc in Chemnitz I joined the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group at at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane in March 2014. In August 2014 I became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at QUT.

I joined the faculty at QUT in 2017 as a Lecturer (roughly equivalent to a tenured Assistant Professor position in the US system) and have been promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018. I was appointed Chief Investigator of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision in 2018.

I conduct research in robotic vision, at the intersection of robotics, computer vision, and machine learning. My research interests are focus on scene understanding, semantic SLAM, and new ways to incorporate semantics into reinforcement learning. I furthermore lead a project on new benchmarking challenges in robotic vision. I regularly organise workshops at robotics and computer vision conferences, such as RSS, CVPR, and ICRA.

Teaching and Unit Coordination Experience

  • 2018: EGH419 – Mechatronics Design 3, (4th year unit, Bachelor’s course at QUT), Unit Coordinator and Lecturer
  • 2017 & 2018: EGB339 – Introduction to Robotics, (3rd year unit, Bachelor’s course at QUT), Unit Coordinator and Lecturer
  • 2012 & 2013: Autonomous Systems, (Masters’s course at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany) Lecturer
  • 2012 & 2013: Simulation and Software Laboratory, (Bachelor’s course at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany), Lecturer
  • 2006 – 2013: Mobile Robotics, (Bachelor’s course at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany), Associate Lecturer, Guest Lecturer

Reviews and Community Service

I am Associate Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters journal (RA-L), and for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). I have been serving regularly as a reviewer for the major journals (IJRR, TRO, RAS, IJFR) and major conferences (RSS, CoRL, ICRA, IROS, FSR, Intelligent Vehicles Symposium) in our field for many years.

I served as an Assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC) and provided expert reviews on a total of four proposals for the ARC’s Discovery Programme 2016 and 2017.

I was coordinating guest editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) on the topic of Deep Learning in Robotics, published in 2018. I am guest editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV) on the topic of Deep Learning for Robotic Vision, to be published 2019.

Attended Conferences, Workshops, and Summer Schools

Year Conferences and Venue
2018 ICRA (Brisbane), CVPR (Salt Lake City), RSS (Pittsburgh)
2017 RSS (Cambridge, USA), CVPR (Honolulu), Dagstuhl Seminar on Deep Learning for Computer Vision (Dagstuhl), CoRL (Mountain View), NIPS (Long Beach)
2016 RSS (Ann Arbor), NIPS (Barcelona)
2015 ICRA (Seattle), CVPR (Boston), RSS (Rome), Dagstuhl Seminar on Autonomous Systems and Drones (Dagstuhl)
2014 ICRA (Hong Kong), i-SAIRAS (Montreal), CVPR (Columbus)
2013 RSS (Berlin), ESA ASTRA (Noordwijk), ICRA (Karlsruhe)
2012 IROS (Vilamoura), RSS (Sydney), Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (Madrid), ICRA (St. Paul)
2011 IROS (San Francisco), EuRobotics Forum (Västerås)
2010 IROS (Taipei), KI (Karlsruhe), ETFA (Bilbao)
2009 ICAR (Munich)
2008 SIMPAR (Venice)
2007 SSR & RRC (Rome), IAV (Toulouse)
2005 BIT Tutorial (Bonn), AMS (Stuttgart), EURON Summer School Sensor Fusion and Perception (Ancona), ICRA (Barcelona)
2004 2nd SLAM Summer School (Toulouse), IAV (Lisbon), DARS (Toulouse)
2003 AMS (Karlsruhe)