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Dr.-Ing. Daniel Leidner

DLR German Aerospace Center
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Autonomy and Teleoperation
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 coordinator of the Rollin' Justin team. In addition, I became leader of the Semantic Planning group in 2017. Since 2020 I am leader of the group for Fault-Tolerant Autonomy Architectures, which also hosts my Young Investigator Group. My current research interests include semantic state inference, fail-safe cognitive architectures, and error handling in robotic manipulation. With this I am pursuing the vision that future robots should no longer be mere tools but in fact intelligent colleagues for space and society!

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Current Projects Within My Research Group

As (Co-)PI, I coordinate the efforts of my research group in several complementary projects...

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... on application and transfer:

Awards and Honors

Selected Publications 

A comprehensive list of all my publications can be found in the DLR Electronic Library

Adrian S. Bauer, Anne Koepken, and Daniel Leidner, “Multi-Agent Heterogeneous Digital Twin Framework with Dynamic Responsibility Allocation for Complex Task Simulation”, in Proc. of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2022 [pdf].

Daniel Leidner “The COVID-19 Pandemic: An Accelerator for the Robotics Industry?”, IEEE
Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM)
, 2021 [pdf].

Peter Schmaus, Daniel Leidner, Thomas Krüger, Ralph Bayer, Benedikt Pleintinger, Andre Schiele, and Neal Y. Lii, “Knowledge driven orbit-to-ground teleoperation of a robot coworker”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 5.1, pp. 143–150, 2019 [pdf].

Daniel Leidner “Cognitive Reasoning for Compliant Robot Manipulation”, Springer Tracts in
Advanced Robotics
. Springer International Publishing, 2019, Georges Giralt PhD Award (Best European PhD Thesis in Robotics), Helmholtz Doctoral Prize, MIT Technology Review Innovator under 35 Award [pdf].

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 [pdf].

Daniel Leidner, Georg Bartels, Wissam Bejjani, Alin Albu-Schäffer, and Michael Beetz, "Cognition-Enabled Robotic Wiping: Representation, Processing, Execution, and Interpretation", Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Issue on Semantic Policy and Action Representations for Autonomous Robots, 2018 [pdf].

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].

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 &Video Award Finalist [ PDF@Springer ].

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].

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].


Last updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2022 by Dr.-Ing. Daniel Leidner