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Seminar (MA-INF 4213)

In this seminar, we cover state-of-the-art research papers from conferences and journals in the field of humanoid robotics and related fields. The available topics are presented in the Introductory Meeting and can be selected during the registration for the seminar on our website. In the Introductory Meeting, we will present the available topics, the registration process, the requirements, and answer your questions.

Participants of the seminar have to prepare a talk of 25 minutes which will be given on the Seminar Day at the end of the semester. After the talk, there will be a Q&A of about 5 minutes where you will be asked questions by the staff and other participants of the seminar. Bachelor students can choose to present their topic in German, master students must give their presentation in English.

The Seminar Day is a whole day event, typically from 8:30am to 3:30pm, which takes place towards the end of the semester. All participants are required to be present on the Seminar Day, to give their presentation, and also to listen to the talks of the other participants. Active participation during the Q&A sessions counts as a bonus towards your final score.

Participating students are also required to write a summary and discussion of their assigned topic. The summary and discussion should be written in LaTeX using the following template: seminar_template.tex The document should be 7 pages long not including images and references! Bachelor students can opt to write their summary in German.

Each participant will be paired up with a supervisor who monitors their progress and is available to help with questions or difficulties. Students can work freely during the semester to prepare their material. The written summary and the presentation slides must be submitted by the morning of the Seminar Day.


Changes due to Covid-19

As per University guidelines, until further notice, all communications will take place electronically. The Introductory Meeting on 22.04.2020 is going to take place over video conference for all participants. Communications between supervisor and participant will also be via electronic means such as email or other remote methods agreed upon by both parties.

The final presentation will also be taking place remotely over video conference, with all other rules remaining the same. The details will be published here in due time.

A return to normalcy is also possible during the course of the semester. In that case, the final presentation will be held within the University premises on the announced date and time. Please check this page for updates.




Important dates:

Wednesday, April 22nd 2020, 11:00 - 12:00

Introductory meeting


Thursday, 14.05.2020, 12:00 Registration deadline on our website
Friday, 15.05.2020, 23:59 Registration deadline in BASIS (updated)
Friday, 25.09.2020 Seminar Day and deadline for the written summary



Registrations on the HRL website will be opened on 22.04.2020 after the Introductory Meeting. You can specify your choice of papers there. Please note that dates are liable to change in case of further notices from the university administration. For information regarding BASIS please see here. The schedule for presentations will be announced in due time.



  1. Terrain Segmentation and Roughness Estimation using RGB Data: Path
    Planning Application on the CENTAURO Robot
    Suryamurthy et al.
    IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, 2019.
    Supervisor: Maren Bennewitz
  2. Traversable Region Estimation for Mobile Robots in an Outdoor Image
    Matsuzaki et al.
    Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 2018.
    Supervisor: Arindam Roychoudhury
  3. Pwc-net: Cnns for optical flow using pyramid, warping, and cost volume
    Sun et al.
    IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2018.
    Supervisor: Arindam Roychoudhury
  4. Coverage Path Planning using Path Primitive Sampling and Primitive Coverage Graph for Visual Inspection
    Jing et al.
    IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2019.
    Supervisor:Tobias Zaenker
  5. Autonomous 3-D Reconstruction, Mapping, and Exploration of Indoor Environments With a Robotic Arm
    Wang et al.
    IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2019.
    Supervisor:Tobias Zaenker
  6. Gradient-driven online learning of bipedal push recovery
    Missura et al.
    IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2015.
    Supervisor:Marcell Missura
  7. Basin of attraction of the simplest walking model
    Schwab et al.
    Proceedings of the ASME design engineering technical conference, 2001.
    Supervisor:Marcell Missura
  8. Minimal Construct: Efficient Shortest Path Finding for Mobile Robots in Polygonal Maps
    Marcell Missura, Daniel D. Lee, and Maren Bennewitz
    International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2018.
    Supervisor: Marcell Missura
  9. Training in Task Space to Speed Up and Guide Reinforcement Learning
    Bellegarda et al.
    IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2019.
    Supervisor: Christopher Gebauer
  10. Robot Learning via Human Adversarial Games
    Duan et al.
    IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2019.
    Supervisor: Christopher Gebauer