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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

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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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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Roberto Martín-Martín and Clemens Eppner and Oliver Brock. The RBO dataset of articulated objects and interactions. The International Journal of Robotics Research OnlineFirst:1-6, 2019.

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Roberto Martín-Martín and Oliver Brock. Coupled recursive estimation for online interactive perception of articulated objects. The International Journal of Robotics Research OnlineFirst:1-33, 2019.

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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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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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Niko Sünderhauf and Oliver Brock and Walter Scheirer and Raia Hadsell and Dieter Fox and Jürgen Leitner and Ben Upcroft and Pieter Abbeel and Wolfram Burgard and Michael Milford and Peter Corke. The limits and potentials of deep learning for robotics. The International Journal of Robotics Research 37(4-5):405-420, 2018.

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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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Michael Schneider and Adam Belsom and Juri Rappsilber and Oliver Brock. Blind Testing of Crosslinking/Mass Spectrometry Hybrid Methods in CASP11. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics :152-163, 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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TJ Brunette and Oliver Brock. Guiding Conformation Space Search with an All-Atom Energy Potential. Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics 73(4):958-972, 2008.

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Sebastian Höfer, Jörg Raisch, Marc Toussaint, Oliver Brock. No Free Lunch in Ball Catching: A Comparison of Cartesian and Angular Representations for Control. PLoS ONE 13(6): 2018.

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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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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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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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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 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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Oliver Brock and Oussama Khatib. Elastic Strips: A Framework for Motion Generation in Human Environments. International Journal of Robotics Research 21(12):1031-1052, 2002.

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Oliver Brock and Andrew Fagg and Roderic Grupen and Robert Platt and Michael Rosenstein and John Sweeney. A Framework for Learning and Control in Intelligent Humanoid Robots. International Journal of Humanoid Robots 2(3):301-336, 2005.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nikolaus Correll, Kostas E. Bekris, Dmitry Berenson, Oliver Brock, Albert Causo, Kris Hauser, Kei Okada, Alberto Rodriguez, Joseph M. Romano, Peter R. Wurman. Analysis and Observations From the First Amazon Picking Challenge. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 15(1):172-188, 2018.

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Maria Pozzi and Eder Miguel and Raphael Deimel and Monica Malvezzi and Bernd Bickel and Oliver Brock and Domenico Prattichizzo. Efficient FEM-Based Simulation of Soft Robots Modeled as Kinematic Chains. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 1-8, 2018.

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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 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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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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Oussama Khatib and Oliver Brock and Kyong-Sok Chang and Francois Conti and Diego Ruspini and Luis Sentis. Robotics and Interactive Simulation. Communications of the ACM 45(3):46-51, 2002.

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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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TJ Brunette and Oliver Brock. Improving Protein Structure Prediction with Model-Based Search. Bioinformatics 21:i66-i74, 2005.

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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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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 Sebastian Höfer and Oliver Brock. Patterns for Learning with Side Information. arXiv:1511.06429 [cs.LG] : 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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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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Oliver Brock and Oussama Khatib. Mobile Manipulation: Collision-Free Path Modification and Motion Coordination. Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Engineering in Systems Applications, pp. 839-845, 1998.

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Oliver Brock and Oussama Khatib. Elastic Strips: Real-Time Path Modification for Mobile Manipulation. Proceedings of the International Symposium of Robotics Research, pp. 117-122, 1997.

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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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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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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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Oliver Brock and Oussama Khatib and Sriram Viji. Task-Consistent Obstacle Avoidance and Motion Behavior for Mobile Manipulation. Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced Robotics, pp. 388-393, 2002.

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Oliver Brock and Oussama Khatib and Sriram Viji. Task-Consistent Obstacle Avoidance and Motion Behavior for Mobile Manipulation. Video Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 388-394, 2002.

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TJ Brunette and Oliver Brock. Search Improvements Lead to Improved Accuracy in Protein Structure Prediction. Poster presentation at Annual Symposium of the Protein Society, 2007.

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Brendan Burns and Oliver Brock and Brian Neil Levine. Autonomous Enhancement of Disruption Tolerant Networks. Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced Robotics, 2006.

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