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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

CV
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

Oussama Khatib and Oliver Brock and Kyong-Sok Chang and Diego Ruspini and Luis Sentis and Sriram Viji. Human-Centered Robotics and Interactive Haptic Simulation. International Journal of Robotics Research 23(2):167-178, 2004.

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Oussama Khatib and Oliver Brock and Kyong-Sok Chang and Diego Ruspini and Luis Sentis and Sriram Viji. Human-Centered Robotics and Interactive Haptic Simulation. Proceedings of the International Symposium of Robotics Research, pp. 01-10, 2001.

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Oussama Khatib and Kazu Yokoi and Oliver Brock and Kyong-Sok Chang and Arancha Casal. Robots in Human Environments. Archives of Control Sciences 11(3/4):123-138, 2001.

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Oussama Khatib and Kazu Yokoi and Oliver Brock and Kyong-Sok Chang and Arancha Casal. Robots in Human Environments: Basic Autonomous Capabilities. International Journal of Robotics Research 18(7):684-696, 1999.

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Oussama Khatib and Kazu Yokoi and Oliver Brock and Kyong-Sok Chang and Arancha Casal. Robots in Human Environments. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Robot Motion Control RoMoCo, pp. 213-221, 1999.

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Oussama Khatib and Oliver Brock and Kwang-chih Chang and Diego Ruspini and Luis Sentis and Srinivasan Viji. Human-Centered Robotics and Interactive Haptic. Robotics Research 6:239-253, 2003.

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Jacqueline Kenney and Thomas Buckley and Oliver Brock. Interactive Segmentation for Manipulation in Unstructured Environments. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. IEEE Press, pp. 1343-1348, 2009.

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Dov Katz and Oliver Brock. Extracting Planar Kinematic Models Using Interactive Perception. In Unifying Perspectives In Computational and Robot Vision (8):11-23, 2008.

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Dov Katz and Oliver Brock. Manipulating Articulated Objects With Interactive Perception. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 272-277, 2008.

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Dov Katz and Oliver Brock. Interactive Perception: Closing the Gap Between Action and Perception. Workshop: From features to actions - Unifying perspectives in computational and robot vision at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 1-9, 2007.

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Dov Katz and Oliver Brock. Extracting Planar Kinematic Models Using Interactive Perception. Workshop on Robot Manipulation: Sensing and Adapting to the Real World at Robotics: Science and Systems, pp. 01-06, 2007.

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Dov Katz and Emily Horrell and Yuandong Yang and Brendan Burns and Thomas Buckley and Anna Grishkan and Volodymyr Zhylkovsky and Oliver Brock and Erik Learned-Miller. The UMass Mobile Manipulator UMan: An Experimental Platform for Autonomous Mobile Manipulation. Workshop on Manipulation in Human Environments at Robotics: Science and Systems, pp. 01-08, 2006.

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Dov Katz and Jacqueline Kenney and Oliver Brock. How Can Robots Succeed in Unstructured Environments. Workshop on Robot Manipulation: Intelligence in Human Environments at Robotics, pp. 01-06, 2008.

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Dov Katz and Yuri Pyuro and Oliver Brock. Learning to Manipulate Articulated Objects in Unstructured Environments Using a Grounded Relational Representation. Proceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems IV, pp. 254-261, 2008.

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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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Dov Katz and Andreas Orthey and Oliver Brock. Interactive Perception of Articulated Objects. 12th International Symposium of Experimental Robotics, pp. 01-15, 2010.

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Dov Katz and Oliver Brock. A Factorization Approach to Manipulation in Unstructured Environments. 14th International Symposium of Robotics Research. Springer Verlag, pp. 1-16, 2009.

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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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Rico Jonschkowski and Oliver Brock. Learning Task-Specific State Representations by Maximizing Slowness and Predictability. Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Evolutionary and Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Robot Systems (ERLARS), 2013.

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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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Rico Jonschkowski and Sebastian Höfer and Oliver Brock. Patterns for Learning with Side Information. arXiv:1511.06429 [cs.LG] : 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, pp. 1-7, 2016.

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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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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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Jeannette Bohg, Karol Hausman, Bharath Sankaran, Oliver Brock, Danica Kragic, Stefan Schaal, Gaurav S. Sukhatme. Interactive Perception: Leveraging Action in Perception and Perception in Action. IEEE Transactions on Robotics 33(6):1273-1291, 2017.

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Filip Jagodzinski and Oliver Brock. Towards a Mechanistic View of Protein Motion. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 4557-4562, 2007.

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Filip Jagodzinski and Oliver Brock. Using a Mechanistic Perspective to Simulate Protein Backbone Motion. Poster presentation at Annual Symposium of the Protein Society :510, 2007.

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Sebastian Höfer and Antonin Raffin and Rico Jonschkowski and Oliver Brock and Freek Stulp. Unsupervised Learning of State Representations for Multiple Tasks. Workshop on Deep Learning for Action and Interaction at NIPS, 2016.

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Sebastian Höfer and Oliver Brock. Learning Compact Relational Models for the Exploration of Articulated Objects. Proceedings of the ICRA Mobile Manipulation Workshop on Interactive Perception (ICRA), 2013.

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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, pp. 3893-3899, 2016.

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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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Avi Herscovici and Oliver Brock. Improved Search for Structure Learning of Large Bayesian Networks. TR-07-38, Computer Science Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007.

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Avi Herscovici and Oliver Brock. Improving High-Dimensional Bayesian Network Structure Learning by Exploiting Search Space Information. Technical Report TR-06-49, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2006.

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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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Keyan Ghazi-Zahedi and Raphael Deimel and Guido Montúfar and Vincent Wall and Oliver Brock. Morphological Computation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 464-469, 2017.

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Robert Gaschler and Dov Katz and Martin Grund and Peter A. Frensch and Oliver Brock. Intelligent Object Exploration. In: Human Machine Interaction-Getting Closer, Edited by Maurtua Inaki. InTech, chap. 12, 236-260, 2012.

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Can Erdogan and Armin Schröder and Oliver Brock. Coordination of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Degrees of Freedom in Soft Robotic Grasping. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 1-6, 2018.

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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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Clemens Eppner and Sebastian Höfer and Rico Jonschkowski and Roberto Martín-Martín and Arne Sieverling and Vincent Wall and Oliver Brock. Four aspects of building robotic systems: lessons from the Amazon Picking Challenge 2015. Autonomous Robots. Springer US 42(7):1459–1475, 2018.

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Clemens Eppner and Roberto Roberto Martín-Martín and Oliver Brock. Physics-Based Selection of Informative Actions for Interactive Perception. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 7427-7432, 2018.

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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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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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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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Clemens Eppner and Oliver Brock. Refactoring Grasping. RSS Workshop "Mobile Manipulation: Learning to Manipulate" : 2011.

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Clemens Eppner and Georg Bartels and Oliver Brock. A Compliance-Centric View of Grasping. Technical Report , Department of Computer Engineering and Microelectronics, Technical University Berlin, 2012.

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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 Roberto Martín-Martín and Oliver Brock. Physics-Based Selection of Actions That Maximize Motion for Interactive Perception. RSS workshop: Revisiting Contact - Turning a problem into a solution, 2017.

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Clemens Eppner and Oliver Brock. Visual Detection of Opportunities to Exploit Contact in Grasping Using Contextual Multi-Armed Bandits. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 273-278, 2017.

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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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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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