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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst-Michael Groß

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Neuroinformatics and Cognitive Robotics

Main research areas

The research of the lab aims at the development of behavior-oriented Machine Intelligence based on bioinspired information processing and learning techniques. One main focus is the evolution and organization of navigation and interaction behaviors in actively learning multi-modal Human-Robot systems. 

From methodological view, the following topics are of particular interest:

  • Neural and probabilistic techniques for robot navigation and Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI)
  • Real-time approaches to person detection, tracking, and re-identification in real-world video and laser data streams
  • Deep learning approaches for image-based object recognition, semantic segmentation, pose recognition, grasp pose estimation, and action recognition
  • Non-verbal human-machine communication by gestures and facial expression 
  • Information-theoretic and Reinforcement Learning for problem decomposition, evolution and coordination of behaviors

Range of services

  • Interactive mobile assistance and guidance robots for public environments (Shopping centers, airports, museums, authorities, etc.) 
  • User-adaptive social robots for home assistance in context of demographic change 
  • Intelligent and adaptive video surveillance systems
  • Actively learning and self-optimizing control for large-scale industrial combustion processes (coal-fired power plants, cement, waste combustion)
  • Automated deep-learning-based crack and surface distress detection in images of public roads
  • Deep learning in industrial manufacturing scenarios for productivity optimization and pro-active learning of robotic actions to support human workers

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Prof. Dr. Horst-Michael Groß TU Ilmenau Department of Computer Science and Automation Helmholtz-Platz 5 Zusebau, Z3060 98693 Ilmenau Phone +49 3677 69-2858 Fax +49 3677 69-1665

Classification into research alliances

NanoengineeringPräzisionstechnik und PräzisionsmesstechnikTechnische und biomedizinische AssistenzsystemeAntriebs-, Energie- und UmweltsystemtechnikDigitale MedientechnologieMobilkommunikation