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Dr.-Ing. Daniel Leidner

DLR German Aerospace Center
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Autonomy and Teleoperation
Oberpfaffenhofen
Muenchener Str. 20
82234 Wessling

telephone: +49 8153 28-3849
email: daniel.leidner(at)dlr.de

In 2011, I joined the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, as a research scientist. Since 2016, i am leader of the Rollin' Justin team. In addition, i became leader of the Semantic Planning group in 2017. My current research interests include artificial intelligence, knowledge-based hybrid reasoning, and autonomous compliant manipulation. The video below shows my current work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgIwgcz8iaM

 


Awards

  • Listed on the Business Punk Watchlist 2020 for Tech & Engineering

  • Selected Innovator Under 35 by MIT Technology Review Germany 2019

  • Winner of the Helmholtz Doctoral Prize 2018 in Aeronautics, Space, and Transport

  • Winner of the Georges Giralt PhD Award 2018 (best European PhD thesis in robotics)

  • Dissertation defended with highest distinction "summa cum laude"

  • Best WBC-Paper Award Finalist 2016 (IEEE-RAS TC on Whole-Body Control)

  • Best WBC-Video Award Finalist 2016 (IEEE-RAS TC on Whole-Body Control)

  • Humanoids Best Interactive Paper Award Finalist 2016

  • AAAI Robotics Fellowship 2016

  • AAAI Video Award Finalist 2015

  • Master in information technology with highest distinction

 


Publications 

Books and Book Chapters

[B3] Christian Ott, Maximo. A. Roa, Florian Schmidt, Werner Friedl, Johannes Englsberger, Robert Burger, Alexander Werner, Alexander Dietrich, Daniel Leidner, Bernd Henze, Oliver Eiberger, Alexander Beyer, Berthold Bäuml, Christoph Borst, and Alin Albu-Schäffer, “Mechanisms and Design of DLR Humanoid Robots”, in Humanoid Robotics: A Reference, pp. 1-26, Springer International Publishing, 2017. [ Springer ]

[B2] Daniel Leidner “Cognitive Reasoning for Compliant Robot Manipulation”, Dissertation, University of Bremen, November 2017 [pdf].

[B1] Christoph Borst, Franziska Zacharias, Florian Schmidt, Daniel Leidner, Maximo A. Roa, Katharina Hertkorn, Gerhard Grunwald, Pietro Falco, Ciro Natale, and Emilio Maggio, “Observation and Execution”, in Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics: Advanced Bimanual Manipulation, Volume 80, 2012, pp. 59-122.

Journal Articles

[J5] Peter Birkenkampf, Daniel Leidner, Thomas Krüger, Andre Schiele, Benedikt Pleintinger, Ralph bayer, and Neal Y. Lii. Preliminary Results of the METERON SUPVIS Justin Space-Robotics Experiment, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 3836--3843, October 2018

[J4] Sebastian G. Brunner, Peter Lehner, Martin J. Schuster, Sebastian Riedel, Rico Belder, Daniel Leidner, Armin Wedler, Michael Beetz, and Freek Stulp, Design, Execution, and Postmortem Analysis of Prolonged Autonomous Robot Operations, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 1056--1063, April 2018.

[J3] Daniel Leidner, Georg Bartels, Wissam Bejjani, Alin Albu-Schäffer, and Michael Beetz. Cognition-Enabled Robotic Wiping: Representation, Processing, Execution, and Interpretation. Submitted to IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2017

[J2] Daniel Leidner, Alexander Dietrich, Michael Beetz, and Alin Albu-Schäffer, "Knowledge-Enabled Parameterization of Whole-Body Control Strategies for Compliant Service Robots", Autonomous Robots (AURO): Special Issue on Whole-Body Control of Contacts and Dynamics for Humanoid Robots, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 519-536, March 2016, Best WBC-Paper Award Finalist & Best WBC-Video Award Finalist [ PDF@Springer ].

[J1] Christian Ott, Alexander Dietrich, Daniel Leidner, Alexander Werner, Johannes Englsberger, Bernd Henze, Sebastian Wolf, Maxime Chalon, Werner Friedl, Alexander Beyer, Oliver Eiberger, and Alin Albu-Schäffer, "From Torque-Controlled to Intrinsically Compliant Humanoid Robots", ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 7-11, June 2015.

Conference Contributions

[C19] Adrian Simon Bauer, Peter Birkenkampf, Alin Albu-Schäffer, and Daniel Leidner. Inferring Semantic State Transitions during Telerobotic Manipulation, in Proc. of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Madrid, Spain, October 2018.

[C18] Daniel Leidner, Peter Birkenkampf, and Neal Y. Lii, “Context-aware Mission Control for Astronaut-Robot Collaboration”, in Proc. of the 14th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies for Robotics and Automation (ASTRA), 2017, Leiden, The Netherlands, June 2017. [pdf]

[C17] Neal Y. Lii, Daniel Leidner, Peter Birkenkampf, Benedikt Pleintinger, Ralph Bayer, and Thomas Krueger, “Toward Scalable Intuitive Teleoperation of Robots for Space Deployment with the METERON SUPVIS Justin Experiment”, in Proc. of the 14th Symposiumon Advanced Space Technologies for Robotics and Automation (ASTRA), Leiden, The Netherlands, June 2017.

[C16] Peter Birkenkampf, Daniel Leidner, and Neal Y. Lii, “Ubiquitous User Interface Design for Space Robotic Operation”, in Proc. of the 14th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies for Robotics and Automation (ASTRA), Leiden, The Netherlands, June 2017.

[C15] Annette Hagengruber, Daniel Leidner, and Jörn Vogel, "EDAN - EMG-controlled Daily Assistant", In Proc. of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Vienna, Austria, March 2017, p. 409.

[C14] Daniel Leidner and Michael Beetz, “Inferring the Effects of Wiping Motions based on Haptic Perception”, in Proc. of the International Conference on Humanoid Robots (ICHR), Cancun, Mexico, November 2016, pp. 461-468, Best Interactive Paper Award Finalist. [pdf] [video]

[C13] Daniel Leidner, Wissam Bejjani, Alin Albu-Schäffer, and Michael Beetz, “Robotic Agents Representing, Reasoning, and Executing Wiping Tasks for Daily Household Chores”, in Proc. of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), Singapore, May 2016. [pdf] [video]

[C12] Daniel Leidner, Christoph Borst, Alexander Dietrich, and Alin Albu-Schäffer, “Classifying Compliant Manipulation Tasks for Automated Planning in Robotics”, in Proc. of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Hamburg, Germany, October 2015, pp. 1769-1776. [pdf]

[C11] Daniel Leidner, Selma Musić, and Armin Wedler, “Robotic Deployment of Extraterrestrial Seismic Networks”, in Proc. of the 13th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation (ASTRA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands, May 2015. [pdf]

[C10] Neal Y. Lii, Daniel Leidner, André Schiele, Peter Birkenkampf, Ralph Bayer, Benedikt Pleintinger, Andreas Meissner, and Andreas Balzer, “Simulating an Extraterrestrial Environment for Robotic Space Exploration: The METERON SUPVIS-JUSTIN Telerobotic Experiment and the SOLEX Proving Ground”, in Proc. of the 13th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation (ASTRA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands, May 2015. [pdf]

[C9] Neal Y. Lii, Daniel Leidner and Peter Birkenkampf, “Command Robots from Orbit with Supervised Autonomy: An Introduction to the Meteron Supvis-Justin Experiment”, in Proc. of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Extended Abstracts, Portland, Oregon, USA, March 2015, pp. 53-54. [pdf]

[C8] Daniel Leidner and Alexander Dietrich, “Towards Intelligent Compliant Service Robots”, in Proc. of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Austin, Texas, USA, January 2015, Best Video Award Finalist. [video]

[C7] Daniel Leidner, Peter Birkenkampf, Neal Y. Lii, and Christoph Borst, “Enhancing Supervised Autonomy for Extraterrestrial Applications by Sharing Knowledge between Humans and Robots”, Workshop on How to Make Best Use of a Human Supervisor for Semi-Autonomous Humanoid Operation at IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (ICHR), Madrid, Spain, November 2014. [pdf]

[C6] Peter Birkenkampf, Daniel Leidner, and Christoph Borst, “A Knowledge-Driven Shared Autonomy Human-Robot Interface for Tablet Computers”, in Proc. of the IEEE/RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (ICHR), Madrid, Spain, November 2014, pp. 152-159. [pdf] [video]

[C5] Daniel Leidner, Alexander Dietrich, Florian Schmidt, Christoph Borst, and Alin Albu-Schäffer, “Object-Centered Hybrid Reasoning for Whole-Body Mobile Manipulation”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Hong Kong, China, June 2014. pp. 1828-1835. [pdf] [video]

[C4] Daniel Leidner and Christoph Borst, “Hybrid Reasoning for Mobile Manipulation based on Object Knowledge”, in Workshop on AI-based Robotics at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Tokyo, Japan, November 2013. [pdf] [video]

[C3] Daniel Leidner, Christoph Borst, and Gerd Hirzinger, “Things are made for what they are: Solving manipulation tasks by using functional object classes”, in Proc. of the IEEE/RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Osaka, Japan, November 2012, pp. 429–435 [pdf] [video]

[C2] Maximo. A. Roa, Maximilian Argus, Daniel Leidner, Christoph Borst, and Gerd Hirzinger, “Power Grasp Planning for Anthropomorphic Robot Hands”, in Proc. Of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Saint Paul, USA, Mai 2012, pp. 563–569. [pdf]

[C1] Franziska Zacharias, Daniel Leidner, Florian Schmidt, Christoph Borst, and Gerd Hirzinger, “Exploiting structure in two-armed manipulation tasks for humanoid robots”, in Proc. of the 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Taipei, Taiwan, October 2010, pp. 5446-5452. [pdf]

 


In the media

 

Last updated on Sunday, 15 March 2020 by Dr.-Ing. Daniel Leidner