About

About Me

I am a Computer Science PhD Student at Arizona State University and part of the Interactive Robotics Lab lead by Prof. Heni Ben Amor. As part of the lab, I mainly work on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a strong focus on neural networks. Prior to this, I received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Engineering and Computing from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. During my time in Germany, I was a member of the Humanoid Robotics Group Freiberg under the lead of Prof. Bernhard Jung.

Throughout my academic career, I have worked on bridging the gap between cognition and robotics by using modern approaches to artificial intelligence. More specifically, I’ve implemented natural language processing methodologies to enhance imitation learning. The novelty of my work lies in using language as a natural interface for humans to convey their intention to the robot alongside traditional imitation learning. This allows robots to quickly adapt to new tasks as well as fast transfer learning between different robots with a limited amount of additional training. 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

My passion for teaching has led me to work as a teaching Assistant at Arizona State University on multiple occasions. I have supported various classes in the field of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Theoretical Computer Science. My position granted me the unique opportunity to interact with many students in different stages of their education, from undergraduate to graduate level. This encouraged me to develop novel methods of conveying ideas in a clear and consistent way. Ultimately, I strived to provide the best learning experience for students.

My duties included creating course materials like homework, quizzes, midterms, and finals, as well as designing various programming projects. However, I mainly concentrated on leading recitations as supplementary lectures during the week. They allowed me to engage with small groups of students to review the content of the lectures with a strong application focus.

 

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

  • October - December 2014 Apromace Data Systems GmbH

    Software Engineering Intern
    Freiberg, Germany

  • May - August 2018 Robert BOSCH LLC

    Robotics Intern at BOSCH
    Sunnyvale, California, USA