Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Oxford Robotics Institute, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxfordd
Stipendiary Lecturer in Computer Science
lars <at> robots.ox.ac.uk
Lars is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Mobile Robotics with the Oxford Robotics Institute, within the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., and a Stipendiary Lecturer of Computer Science with Keble College, Oxford, U.K.
His research concerns the design and development of fundamental AI techniques for autonomous robot systems that operate in complex, real-world environments. In particular, he focuses on semantic scene understanding using logical as well as statistical-relational models. Within the Oxford Robotics Institute, he works on transparent and interpretable models that can provide detailed explanations in the context of autonomous driving.
Lars studied Cognitive Science (BSc, 2006) and Computer Science (MSc, 2008) at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and partly at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He received his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 2014.
During his PhD, Lars worked on methods for naive physics and commonsense reasoning in the context of everyday robot manipulation. He contributed to several national, European and international projects including RoboHow, RoboEarth, and the PR2 Beta program.
In May 2013, Lars was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Intelligent Robotics Lab at the School of Computer Science at Birmingham University. Here he worked on qualitative spatio-temporal models for perception planning and knowledge-enabled perception, contributing to the European research projects STRANDS and ALOOF.
He was a visiting researcher in the JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo, Japan (Summer 2011) and the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory at Tufts University, US (Spring 2015).
- Artificial Intelligence
- Scene Understanding
- Knowledge-enabled Perception
- Perception Planning
- Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
- Human-robot Interaction
- Long-term Autonomy
- Since Oct 2018, I am a Stipendiary Lecturer in Computer Science at Keble College
- Beginning in 2018, I am an Editor of the German Journal on AI (KI - Künstliche Intelligenz; Springer)
- I am a co-organiser of the upcoming IEEE ICRA 2018 Workshop on "Long-term autonomy and deployment of intelligent robots in the real-world”.
- Our proposal for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) Special Issue on AI for Long-term Autonomy has been accepted. The Special Issue will be associated with the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), October 1-5, 2018, Madrid, Spain and accepted articles will be presented at the conference. Submission closes: 24 February 2018.
- I joined the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) in March 2017
- Our ICRA 2016 Workshop on AI for Long-term Autonomy has been accepted (27% acceptance rate)
- I am visiting the Human Robot Interaction laboratory at Tufts University, MA, US in March/April 2015
- Our AIJ paper has been accepted in the Journal Track of ICAPS 2015 (Talk)
- Our paper RoboEarth Semantic Mapping: A Cloud Enabled Knowledge-Based Approach in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) is available online.
- Our paper Envisioning the qualitative effects of robot manipulation actions using simulation-based projections has been accepted for publication in the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ), Special Issue on AI and Robotics.
- Our paper Combining top-down spatial reasoning and bottom-up object class recognition for scene understanding has been shortlisted for the Cognitive Robotics Best Paper Award at IROS 2014
- Watch our robot Bob live in the STRANDS Robot Marathon 2013 during the European Robotics week
- I am co-organizing the AAAI Spring Symposium 2014 on Qualtitative Representations for Robots
- One conference and two workshop papers in the AI-based Robotics workshop have been accepted at IROS 2013 in Tokyo