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Manuel Baum

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Room: MAR 5.065
Telephone: +49.30.314-73119
Fax: +4930 314-21116
Office hours: On request    

Research interests

A large part of the robotics community develops specialized tools to solve specific problems. If we want to compose these tools into a larger system that behaves puroposefully, then we need to understand how these methods can interact with each other. I want to find out how we can organize such processes that generate behavior.

The domain in which I examine this is robotic manipulation. Right now, I am interested in the relation between motion planning and motion control. These are problems and methods on different scales of time and space, yet time and space are continuous, so a hard cut between such methods may be deficient.

I believe that a system which generates behavior should reflect the discreteness and continuousness of its problem setting. The analysis and decomposition of problem structure can naturally lead to a suitable decomposition of a system that acts to solve such a problem. I try to understand how such decomposition can be done automatically.

A first step towards this was my master's thesis where I worked with MMC, a kind of neural network that decomposes the computation of robot kinematics into the simultaneous solution of multiple smaller problems.

I am also interested in pattern formation, procedural geometry, drawing and painting.


Manuel Baum and Matthew Bernstein and Roberto Martín-Martín and Sebastian Höfer and Johannes Kulick and Marc Toussaint and Alex Kacelnik and Oliver Brock 2017. Opening a Lockbox through Physical Exploration [6]. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids).

Manuel Baum and Oliver Brock 2017. Achieving Robustness by Optimizing Failure Behavior [7]. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 5806-5811..

Manuel Baum and Martin Meier and Malte Schilling 2015. Population based Mean of Multiple Computations networks: A building block for kinematic models [8]. 2015 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), 1–8..


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