About

About Me

I am a PhD Student at Arizona State University and part of the Interactive Robotics Laboratory lead by Prof. Heni Ben Amor. I majored in Computer Science with a strong focus on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Prior to that I received a bachelor and master degree in Engineering and Computing from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. During my time in Germany, I worked within the Humanoid Robotics Group Freiberg under the lead of Prof. Bernhard Jung.
Throughout my academic career, I am working on bridging the gap between cognition and robotics by using modern approaches to artificial intelligence, specifically by enhancing imitation learning with natural language processing. The novelty of my work lies in using language as a natural interface for humans to convey their intention to the robot, while it allows the robot to communicate its intention back to the human. My recent work on this topic, presented at the Southwest Robotics Symposium 2019, was awarded the best poster award by NVIDIA.

Interests

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Natural Language Processing
  3. Human-Robot Collaboration

Education

  • 2011 - 2015 B.Sc. Engineering & Computing

    Bachelor of Science
    Technische Universität Freiberg, Germany

  • 2015 - 2016 M.Sc. Engineering & Computing

    Master of Science
    Technische Universität Freiberg, Germany

  • 2016 - Projected 2020 PhD Computer Science

    School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
    Arizona State University, USA

Awards

Best Poster Award

Awarded by NVIDIA at the Southwest Robotics Symposium 2019 for my work on “Neural Policy Translation for Robot Control”

CIDSE PhD Fellowship

Awarded 2017, 2018 and 2019 for excellent research progress and strong academic work by the “School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering”

Best Video Award

Awarded at the International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids) 2016 for my work on “Learning human-robot interactions from human-human demonstrations”

Teaching Experience

I am working as a teaching assistant at Arizona State University and support multiple classes in the field of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Theoretical Computer Science. During this work, I have the unique opportunity to interact with many students in different stages of their education, from undergrad to graduate level. This it allows me to always develop novel methods of conveying ideas in a clear and consistent way, ultimately aiming at providing the best learning experience for students.

My duties include but are not limited to creating course materials like homework, quizzes, midterms and finals, as well as designing various programming projects. However, I mainly concentrate on giving recitations for smaller student groups as supplementary lecture during the week. This allows me to recapitulate the content of the lecture with a strong application focus, helping the students to solidify their knowledge of the topics that were taught during the week.

 

Spring 2019

CSE 355

Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science

Spring 2018

CSE 355

Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science

Fall 2017

CSE 571

Artificial Intelligence

Spring 2017

CSE 591

Advances in Robot Learning

Spring 2017

CSE 205

Object Orientated Programming and Data Structures

Professional Experience

During my internships I solidified my knowledge about programming and machine learning. Additionally, I gained valuable insights about the application of machine learning in a production setting.

  • May - August 2018 Robert BOSCH LLC

    Robotics Intern at BOSCH
    Sunnyvale, California, USA

  • October - December 2014 Apromace Data Systems GmbH

    Software Engineering Intern
    Freiberg, Germany