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Computational Biology paper accepted in Nucleic Acids Research
Our paper about RBO Aleph, our newest protein structure prediction web server, has been accepted in the web server issue of Nucleic Acids Research. RBO Aleph had emerged as one of the leading ab initio approaches in the last CASP (Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction). Congratulations to our computational biology team!
Link to the paper:
RBO Aleph: leveraging novel information sources for protein structure prediction
Link to the protein structure prediction web server:
Friday, 09. January 2015
Our sports team Psycho-Robot-Proteins won the third place in the Instituts-Cup of TU Berlin. Congratulations to Fabian, Guillermo, Janika, Marianne, Michael, and Rico!
Alex Kacelnik visits RBO
Monday, 15. December 2014
On January 7, we are in for a treat. Therefore holds Oliver his hand in the fire. Alex Kacelnik will come by the lab and give a talk at 10. We are looking forward to it! Title of the talk: Spooky problem solving and decision making in birds.
Amazing performance of our CompBio group at CASP11
Wednesday, 03. December 2014
Our RBO_Aleph server was ranked as the No 3 server in Free Modelling and our contact prediction was ranked No 1 for long+medium range contacts in the automatic evaluation for CASP 11. These are amazing results for our computational biology team! Congratulations!
RBO is invited to give a talk at CASP11 conference
Monday, 24. November 2014
We have been invited to give a talk at the CASP (Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction) conference on the performance of our RBO_Aleph server, which performed among the top groups in the CASP11 experiment in the free modeling category. These amazing results are fruits of the team efforts of our computational biologists. Congratulations Michael, Ines, Tim and Mahmoud!
Oliver Kroemer visits RBO
Tuesday, 04. November 2014
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova visits RBO
Thursday, 23. October 2014
On November 5 during the RBO meeting (10:00) Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova will give a presentation about "Human-Robot cooperation in disaster-response scenarios". Ivana coordinates two European projects: NIFTi and TRADR and her research interests cover different aspects of computational linguistics.
RBO paper on Computational Biology accepted in PLOS ONE
Monday, 04. August 2014
Michael's paper "Combining Physicochemical and Evolutionary Information for Protein Contact Prediction" got published in PLOS ONE. Congratulations!
Raphael Deimel wins Best Student Paper award at RSS 2014!
Thursday, 17. July 2014
Raphael's paper "A New Type of Compliant, Underactuated Robotic Hand for Dexterous Grasping" wins the Best Student Paper award at RSS! Congratulations!
Toby Walsh visits RBO
Wednesday, 09. July 2014
Another great talk is coming our way! Toby Walsh is one of the main players in AI. Please mark your calendars, July 23, 10 am, MAR 5.006!
Jeannette Bohg visits RBO
Monday, 23. June 2014
Jeannette Bohg will be visiting our lab on Friday (June 27). She will give a talk at 14:30 in MAR 5.006 about her research on perception for grasping. Do not miss it!
Jonas Buchli visits RBO
Monday, 16. June 2014
We are happy to announce that Prof. Jonas Buchli will visit our lab next Friday (June 20). He will give a talk about ML for walking and agile robots at 10 am in MAR 5.006. It promises to be interesting!
Dieter Fox visits RBO
Thursday, 01. May 2014
Great news! Prof. Dieter Fox will be visiting our lab next Friday (May 16). He will give a talk about RGB-D sensors in robotics perception at 10 am in MAR 5.006. We are looking forward to it!
Four papers accepted at IROS14
Monday, 19. May 2014
Two RBO papers accepted at RSS14
Monday, 12. May 2014
Two RBO papers will be presented at the upcoming RSS14. Congratulations Raphael and Rico!
Presentation at ICRA14 Workshop on Visual Search
Wednesday, 12. February 2014
Sebastian will present our IROS2014 paper "Prior-Assisted Propagation of Spatial Information for Object Search" at the ICRA workshop "Robots in Homes and Industry: Where to look first".
Two RBO papers accepted at ICRA14
Wednesday, 15. January 2014
Two RBO papers will be presented at ICRA14: "Sensor-Based, Task-Constrained Motion Generation Under Uncertainty" and "Extracting Kinematic Background Knowledge from Interactions Using Task-Sensitive Relational Learning". Congratulations Arne+Nico, and Sebastian+Tobias!
And we learned one lesson: check the version of the document you submit. And if you already checked it, check it again! :)
ISRR2013 Invited Submission Confirmation
Tuesday, 03. December 2013
Oliver will present our paper "Exploitation of Environmental Constraints in Human and Robotic Grasping" at the upcoming ISRR in Singapore!
First-MM project finished successfully!
Tuesday, 03. December 2013
After three and a half year of work, the European FP7 project First-MM was finished successfully. RBO's part in the project was researching motion generation methods for mobile manipulators. We also implemented the motion planning algorithms that were used in the final presentation last week. In the final demo a mobile manipulator successfully detected, classified and grasped bottles from shelves only using on-board sensors.
More info and videos here:
Release of rviz plugin for point cloud selection
Monday, 25. November 2013
We released a small but useful tool for facilitating point cloud segmentation or annotation in rviz. The tool publishes a selection of point to a fixed topic. If you want to try it check out our ros package repository. It works with ROS groovy & hydro. (Thanks to Philipp for coding the tool!)
"Killer robots" reach quarter finals at kicker tournament
Friday, 22. November 2013
Congratulations to Rico and Sebastian! The two "killer robots" reached the round of the best 8 (out of 48) teams at this year's kicker (foosball) tournament of the Freitagsrunde. Fantastic!
New version of the RBO hand
Tuesday, 12. November 2013
Raphael developed the prototype of a new RBO hand for our robots. The name of this new model is Anthrohand and it is inspired by one of the most dexterous tools in nature, the human hand! We are looking forward to seeing it in action!
New member of RBO
Monday, 11. November 2013
Tim Werner is our new member of the RBO team. He will work as postdoc in Computational Biology. Welcome!!
Winter Semester begins
Wednesday, 23. October 2013
The semester break is over and we are starting our robotics course, robotics project and computational biology course. For the robotics course we have a new record: 80 students enrolled this semester!
Baxter Robot with RBO PneuFlex Hand
Wednesday, 23. October 2013
Researchers at WPI created a soft hand for their Baxter Robot using the PneuFlex actuator design developed by the RBO Lab.
New Videos of Sensor-Based Motion Generation @ RBO
Wednesday, 23. October 2013
We think autonomous robots should navigate in unstructured environments using sensor data instead of complex models of the environment. Check out the new videos of motion generation based on sensor data @ RBO!
Paper accepted at IROS13
Wednesday, 23. October 2013
Our IROS13 paper has been accepted. Congratulations Clemens!
Tutorial for making PneuFlex actuators
Tuesday, 05. March 2013
We're happy to announce you a freely available tutorial and video on how to make your very own PneuFlex actuators. And to celebrate, we are also giving away demo kits to other labs!
Free demo kit contest
Make a KUKA Youbot follow you around
Monday, 04. March 2013
A team of students implemented controllers for making our KUKA YouBot follow visual targets by using all eight available degrees of actuation.
Here you can watch the YouBot tracking the blue circle like a dog would a treat!
Change of address!
Monday, 25. February 2013
We are about to move. Our new address is:
Robotics and Biology Laboratory
The office is in room 5.032.
RSS submissions accepted
Monday, 26. May 2014
Two RBO papers will be presented at the upcoming RSS'14. Congratulations Raphael and Rico!
Selected Poster Award on CASP 10 Meeting
Tuesday, 11. December 2012
Exciting news! Our poster "Going Beyond Fragments - Using Building Blocks to Guide Protein Structure Prediction" has been selected by David Baker, Nick Grishin and David Jones for a poster talk together with three other posters on the CASP 10 meeting in Gaeta, Italy. We are very happy that our approaches got the attention of the top researches in the field. We enjoyed the lively discussions about our ideas as well as other approaches a lot and are eager to further work on our methods when we are back in Berlin.
Here you can download our two posters that we presented on the CASP 10 meeting:
CASP 10 results are published
Thursday, 6. December 2012
From May 2012 to August 2012 the Robotics and Biology Lab participated in the 10th Critical Assessment of Protein Structure Prediction (CASP). During this period the CASP organizers released a new protein target sequence every two days for which the structure was unknown. Each participating group had to predict the structure for this sequence completely blind. As such, the experiment provides a basis for objective comparison of prediction algorithms and methods. On Dec, 5th 2012, the CASP assessors published the results of CASP 10. They evaluated for each prediction how close it is to the experimentally determined native structure based on several measures. Despite their early stage of development, all our servers (RBO-MBS, RBO-i-MBS, RBO-MBS-BB, RBO-i-MBS-BB in structure prediction category and RBO-CON in contact prediction category) performed as expected and we are very excited that our server RBO-i-MBS ranked on position 19 among all servers (68) based on the best out of five predictions for hard targets (FM-targets). We are currently analyzing the results of all our servers to prepare posters for the coming CASP meeting, which takes place from 9th to 12th of December in Gaeta, Italy. You will find a more detailed description of the algorithms running on our servers in the CASP abstracts.
Robotics: Science and Systems 2013 @ TU-Berlin
Monday, 03. September 2012
We are very excited to bring Robotics: Science and Systems 2013, arguably the top conference in robotics, to Berlin next year! RSS '13 will take place June 24-28 2013 at TU Berlin. We look forward to welcoming the world's roboticist to our city, our university, and to our lab!
ROS Release of Interactive Perception Framework
Monday, 03. September 2012
We are proud to announce that we have made an open source release of our Interactive Perception Framework to the ROS (Robotics Operating Framework) community!
Find out more: http://www.ros.org/wiki/iap
RBO enters CASP10
Wednesday, 02. May 2012
We are happy to announce that the Robotics and Biology Laboratory participates at the 10th Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (CASP). In this experiment, computational group have the opportunity to challenge their ideas and algorithms to predict protein structures, only by their sequence. These structures are not yet published or can be found in any public database. Thus, the predictions in this experiment are real predictions (instead of post-dictions that are used to benchmark algorithms).
Our lab participates with a total of 5 prediction methods to challenge different methods that have been developed over the last 2 years. We are excited to see how they perform in the experiment.
Thursday, 05. April 2012
Today, 26 additional nodes for our IBM-Cluster iDataplex have been installed and activated. Our department operates now a cluster with 112 nodes in total consisting of IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M2 and M3 servers with two Intel Xeon Quadcore-CPUs each.
Our cluster participates in the current competition of CASP.
Monday, 26. March 2012
The Robotics and Biology Lab is expanding its hardware capabilities with a promising technology from Soft Robotics. It is now set up to create elastic robotic manipulators that are made of rubber, and are actuated by compressed air. This latest addition to its tool set will enable the lab to explore and understand grasping synergies, as well as create compliant manipulators that are compatible with grabbing affordances of everyday things intended for human hands.
Here, you can have a look at our very first prototypes for evaluating the production setup.
March 26, 2012
SCIoI Master Track
Friday, 20. May 2011
Understanding intelligence is one of the great scientific challenges of our time. Yet, in spite of extensive research efforts spanning many scientific disciplines, our understanding of intelligence remains fragmented and incomplete. Science of Intelligence (SCIoI) is a transdisciplinary research approach. Researchers from FU, HU, and TU Berlin work together in order to obtain a better understanding of intelligence. Their cooperation in the central fields of thinking, learning, and perception offers an interdisciplinary environment to students. The SCIoI Master Track is transmitting basic knowledge about potential future-oriented technologies very much appreciated both by industry and academia.
The first seminar series of imi-berlin (interaction, modeling, intelligence: www.imi-berlin.org) has started.
The regular biweekly meetings take place on Monday, 4 pm, room EN 189, and serve as a platform for an informal exchange and discussions between school of EECS members.
New job opening topic: motion generation for mobile manipulation
Robotics and Computational Biology.
Zusatzinformationen / Extras
Professor Dr. Oliver BrockOffice hours
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Fax +49 30 314-21 116
Room MAR 5.032
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Fakultät IV, MAR 5-1