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Professor Dr. Oliver Brock

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MAR 5.033
Telephone: +49.30.314-73110
Office hours: Friday 10-12, please make an appointment

Research Interests

My research is concerned with the algorithmic foundations required to enable robotic agents to autonomously perform complex tasks in dynamic and unstructured environments. Beyond the scope of robotics, I apply these algorithmic foundations to problems in structural molecular biology, such as protein structure prediction, protein folding, and protein docking.

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional and Academic Experience
since 2009
Alexander von Humboldt Professor, TU Berlin
2008-2009
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2002-2008
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2001-2002
Research Associate and Scientific Consultant, Stanford University
1999-2001
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, AllAdvantage.com
2000
Lecturer and Research Scientist, Rice University
Education
2000
Ph.D., Computer Science, Stanford University
1994
Master of Science, Computer Science, Stanford University
1993
Diplom, Computer Science, TU Berlin
Awards and Nominations
2016
Best Systems Paper Award, RSS
2015
First Place, Amazon Picking Challenge
2014
Third Place, Protein Structure Prediction, CASP 11
2014
Second Place, Contact Prediction, mid- and long-range contacts, CASP 11
2014
Best Student Paper Award (with Raphael Deimel), RSS
2012
Best Poster Award, CASP 10
2011
IEEE Robotics and Automation Most Active Technical Committee Award, Technical Committee on Mobile Manipulation
2009
Research Prize Alexander von Humboldt Professorship
2006
NSF CAREER Award
Professinal Memberships
since 2002
IEEE Senior Member
since 2002
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
since 2002
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
since 2006
Protein Society
Editorial Activities
since 2011
Autonomous Robots
since 2010
The Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR)
since 2010
International Journal of Robotics and Research
2007-2009
IEEE Transactions on Robotics
since 2007
Foundations and Trends in Robotics
Professional Service
since 2016
Extended Academic Senate, TU Berlin
2014-2016
Member IPODI Scholarschip Selection Committee, TU Berlin
since 2014
Track Director, study program Cognitive Systems
2013-2015
Department Chair, Department of Computer Engineering and Microelectronics, TU Berlin
since 2011
Track Director, study program Science of Intelligence

 

 

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Publications

Kolja Stahl and Michael Schneider and Oliver Brock. EPSILON-CP: using deep learning to combine information from multiple sources for protein contact prediction. BMC Bioinformatics 18(1):303, 2017.

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Manuel Baum and Oliver Brock. Achieving Robustness by Optimizing Failure Behavior. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017.

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Roberto Martín-Martín and Oliver Brock. Building Kinematic and Dynamic Models of Articulated Objects with Multi-Modal Interactive Perception. AAAI Symposium on Interactive Multi-Sensory Object Perception for Embodied Agents : 2017.

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Arne Sieverling and Clemens Eppner and Oliver Brock. Interleaving Motion in Contact and in Free Space for Planning Under Uncertainty. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (in press), 2017.

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Arne Sieverling and Clemens Eppner and Oliver Brock. Exploiting Contact for Efficient Motion Planning Under Uncertainty. RSS workshop: Revisiting Contact - Turning a problem into a solution, 2017.

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Vincent Wall and Gabriel Zöller and Oliver Brock. A Method for Sensorizing Soft Actuators and Its Application to the RBO Hand 2. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017.

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Steffen Puhlmann and Fabian Heinemann and Oliver Brock and Marianne Maertens. A Compact Representation of Human Single-Object Grasping. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016 (in press).

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Rico Jonschkowski and Oliver Brock. End-To-End Learnable Histogram Filters. Workshop on Deep Learning for Action and Interaction at NIPS, 2016.

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Raphael Deimel and Marcel Radke and Oliver Brock. Mass Control of Pneumatic Soft Continuum Actuators with Commodity Components. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 774–779, 2016.

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Rico Jonschkowski and Oliver Brock. Towards Combining Robotic Algorithms and Machine Learning: End-To-End Learnable Histogram Filters. Workshop on Machine Learning Methods for High-Level Cognitive Capabilities in Robotics at IROS, 2016.

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Sebastian Höfer and Oliver Brock. Coupled Learning of Action Parameters and Forward Models for Manipulation. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2016.

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Rico Jonschkowski and Clemens Eppner and Sebastian Höfer and Roberto Martín-Martín and Oliver Brock. Probabilistic Multi-Class Segmentation for the Amazon Picking Challenge. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2016.

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Roberto Martín-Martín and Arne Sieverling and Oliver Brock. Estimating the Relation of Perception and Action During Interaction. International Workshop on Robotics in the 21st century: Challenges and Promises, 2016.

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Clemens Eppner and Sebastian Höfer and Rico Jonschkowski and Roberto Martín-Martín and Arne Sieverling and Vincent Wall and Oliver Brock. Lessons from the Amazon Picking Challenge: Four Aspects of Building Robotic Systems. Proceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems, 2016.

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Roberto Martín-Martín and Sebastian Höfer and Oliver Brock. An Integrated Approach to Visual Perception of Articulated Objects. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 5091 - 5097, 2016.

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Raphael Deimel and Oliver Brock. A Novel Type of Compliant and Underactuated Robotic Hand for Dexterous Grasping. The International Journal of Robotics Research 35(1-3):161-185, 2016.

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Rico Jonschkowski and Sebastian Höfer and Oliver Brock. Patterns for Learning with Side Information. arXiv:1511.06429 [cs.LG] : 2016.

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Adam Belsom and Michael Schneider and Lutz Fischer and Oliver Brock and Juri Rappsilber. Serum Albumin Domain Structures in Human Blood Serum by Mass Spectrometry and Computational Biology. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 15:1105-1116, 2016.

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Michael Schneider and Adam Belsom and Juri Rappsilber and Oliver Brock. Blind Testing of Crosslinking/Mass Spectrometry Hybrid Methods in CASP11. Proteins :in print, 2016.

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Mahmoud Mabrouk and Tim Werner and Michael Schneider and Ines Putz and Oliver Brock. Analysis of free modeling predictions by RBO aleph in CASP11. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics 84(Suppl 1):87–104, 2016.

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Adam Belsom and Michael Schneider and Lutz Fischer and Mahmoud Mabrouk and Kolja Stahl and Oliver Brock and Juri Rappsilber. Blind testing cross-linking/mass spectrometry under the auspices of the 11th critical assessment of methods of protein structure prediction (CASP11) [version 1; referees: 1 approved]. Wellcome Open Research :1:24, 2016.

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Nikolaus Correll and Kostas E. Bekris and Dmitry Berenson and Oliver Brock and Albert Causo and Kris Hauser and Kei Okada and Alberto Rodriguez and Joseph M. Romano and Peter R. Wurman. Lessons from the Amazon Picking Challenge. ArXiv e-prints : 2016.

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Adam Belsom and Michael Schneider and Oliver Brock and Juri Rappsilber. Blind Evaluation of Hybrid Protein Structure Analysis Methods based on Cross-Linking. Trends in Biochemical Sciences 41(7):564 - 567, 2016.

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Clemens Eppner and Raphael Deimel and Jose Alvarez-Ruiz and Marianne Maertens and Oliver Brock. Exploitation of Environmental Constraints in Human and Robotic Grasping. The International Journal of Robotics Research 34(7):1021-1038, 2015.

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Clemens Eppner and Oliver Brock. Planning Grasp Strategies That Exploit Environmental Constraints. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 4947 - 4952, 2015.

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Fabian Heinemann and Steffen Puhlmann and Clemens Eppner and Jose Alvarez-Ruiz and Marianne Maertens and Oliver Brock. A Taxonomy of Human Grasping Behavior Suitable for Transfer to Robotic Hands. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 4286-4291, 2015.

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Vincent Wall and Raphael Deimel and Oliver Brock. Selective Stiffening of Soft Actuators Based on Jamming. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 252-257, 2015.

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Peter Lehner and Arne Sieverling and Oliver Brock. Incremental, Sensor-Based Motion Generation for Mobile Manipulators in Unknown, Dynamic Environments. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 4761-4767, 2015.

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Mahmoud Mabrouk and Ines Putz and Tim Werner and Michael Schneider and Moritz Neeb and Philipp Bartels and Oliver Brock. RBO Aleph: Leveraging Novel Information Sources for Protein Structure Prediction. Nucleic Acids Research 43 (W1):W343-W348, 2015.

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Marcus Buckmann and Robert Gaschler and Sebastian Höfer and Dennis Loeben and Peter A. Frensch and Oliver Brock. Learning to Explore the Structure of Kinematic Objects in a Virtual Environment. Frontiers in Psychology 6(374): 2015.

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Raphael Deimel and Oliver Brock. Soft Hands for Reliable Grasping Strategies. Soft Robotics, Soft Hands, Grasping. Springer-Verlag, chap. Soft Hands for Reliable Grasping Strategies, 211–221, 2015.

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Alexander Verl and Alin Albu-Schäffer and Oliver Brock and Annika Raatz. Soft Robotics. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2015.

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Marc Toussaint and Helge J. Ritter and Oliver Brock. The Optimization Route to Robotics - and Alternatives. KI 29(4):379-388, 2015.

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Tim Barfoot and Oliver Brock. Special Issue on the Sixteenth International Symposium on Robotics Research, 2013. The International Journal of Robotics Research 34(7):835-836, 2015.

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Rico Jonschkowski and Oliver Brock. Learning State Representations with Robotic Priors. Autonomous Robots. Springer US 39(3):407-428, 2015.

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Markus Rickert and Arne Sieverling and Oliver Brock. Balancing Exploration and Exploitation in Sampling-Based Motion Planning. IEEE Transactions on Robotics 30(6):1305-1317, 2014.

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Stefan Otte and Johannes Kulick and Marc Toussaint and Oliver Brock. Entropy Based Strategies for Physical Exploration of the Environment's Degrees of Freedom. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2014.

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Clemens Eppner and Oliver Brock. Planning Grasp Strategies That Exploit Environmental Constraints. IROS Workshop "Robot Manipulation: What has been achieved and what remains to be done?" : 2014.

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Rico Jonschkowski and Oliver Brock. State Representation Learning in Robotics: Using Prior Knowledge about Physical Interaction. Proceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems, 2014.

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Arne Sieverling and Nicolas Kuhnen and Oliver Brock. Sensor-Based, Task-Constrained Motion Generation Under Uncertainty. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 4348-4355, 2014.

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Malte Lorbach and Sebastian Höfer and Oliver Brock. Prior-Assisted Propagation of Spatial Information for Object Search. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 2904-2909, 2014.

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Roberto Martín-Martín and Oliver Brock. Online Interactive Perception of Articulated Objects with Multi-Level Recursive Estimation Based on Task-Specific Priors. Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 2494-2501, 2014.

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Roberto Martín-Martín and Oliver Brock. Deterioration of Depth Measurements due to Interference of Multiple RGB-D Sensors. Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 4205-4212, 2014.

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Raphael Deimel and Oliver Brock. A Novel Type of Compliant, Underactuated Robotic Hand for Dexterous Grasping. Robotics:Science and Systems (RSS), 2014.

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Dov Katz and Andreas Orthey and Oliver Brock. Interactive Perception of Articulated Objects. Experimental Robotics: The 12th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics . Springer Berlin Heidelberg. Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics 79:301-315, 2014. Berlin, Heidelberg.

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Sebastian Höfer and Tobias Lang and Oliver Brock. Extracting Kinematic Background Knowledge from Interactions Using Task-Sensitive Relational Learning. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 4342-4347, 2014.

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Raphael Deimel and Clemens Eppner and José Álvarez-Ruiz and Marianne Maertens and Oliver Brock. Exploitation of Environmental Constraints in Human and Robotic Grasping. International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR), 2013.

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Clemens Eppner and Oliver Brock. Grasping Unknown Objects by Exploiting Shape Adaptability and Environmental Constraints. Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 01-07, 2013.

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