The MLR group organizes weekly colloquia where invited speakers share their perspective on their own research and on academic and scientific topics related with Machine Learning and Robotics. The seminars are organized such that internal and external speakers alternate in giving their presentations, i.e. The event will feature an external speaker every two weeks.

  • For a complete list of posts regarding past and upcoming events, click here.

Where and When

The presentations usually take place on Mondays at 15:45, in room 0.108. The room is located in Universitätstr. 38 (map), it is equipped with a projector and has capacity for 40 people. If the location, date or time of an event should differ from this general schedule, this will be announced in the event’s specific post.


For any inquiry about the state of the MLR colloquia events, contact Stefan Otte at the email address

All colloquia

DateSpeaker / InstituteTitle
2014.11.24Hung Ngo
Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence)
Manno-Lugano, Switzerlan
Artificial Curiosity for Autonomous Acquisition of Robotic Skills
2014.11.10Jens SchreiterFast Greedy Selection in Sparse Gaussian Process Regression
2014.10.27Daniel Leidner
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Knowledge-Enabled Reasoning on Force-Sensitive Manipulation Tasks
2014.10.13Prof. Dr. Danko Nikolic
Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
Practopoiesis: Why we need three traverses for general AI?
2014.08.25Rico Jonschkowski
Robotics and Biology Lab
TU Berlin
State Representation Learning in Robotics: Using Prior Knewledge about Physical Interaction
2014.08.18 Jörg Stückler
Autonomous Intelligent Systems Group
Universität Bonn
Efficient Dense Registration, Segmentation, and Modeling Methods for 3D Environment Perception
2014.07.14Richard Cubek
Institute of Artificial Intelligence
Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences
High-Level Learning from Demonstration in the Context of Symbol Grounding
2014.07.07 Roberto Martin Martin
Robotics and Biology Lab
TU Berlin
Online Interactive Perception of Articulated Objects with Multi-Level Recursive Estimation Based on Task-Specific Priors
2014.06.16Herke van Hoof
Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab (IAS)
University of Darmstadt
Probabilistic Segmentation and Targeted Exploration of Objects in Cluttered Environments
2014.06.02Dipl.-Inf. Daniel Di Marco
Machine Learning & Robotics Lab
Universität Stuttgart
2014.05.19Edgar Klenske
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
2014.05.12Assistant Professor Frank Hutter
Emmy Noether Research Group Lead
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Extensions of Bayesian Optimization for More Automatic Machine Learning
2014.04.14Dipl.-Inform. Sebastian Brechtel
Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Value Iteration with Representation Learning for Continuous POMDPs in the Context of Autonomous Driving

2014.03.31M. Sc. Stefan Otte
Machine Learning & Robotics Lab
Universität Stuttgart
Entropy Based Strategies for Physical Exploration of the Environment’s Degrees of Freedom
2014.03.17Dipl.-Phys. Robert Lieck
Machine Learning & Robotics Lab
Universität Stuttgart
Temporally Extended Features for Model-Based Reinforcement Learning in Partially Observable Domains
2014.03.03 Ph.D. Jeannette Bohg
Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Towards robust robotic manipulation through goal-directed, real-time and multi-modal perception
2014.02.26M. Sc. Alexandros Paraschos
Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab
TU Darmstadt
Probabilistic Movement Primitives
2014.02.17PD Dr. Cyrill Stachniss
University of Freiburg
Autonomous Navigation for Mobile Robots in the Real World
2014.01.20Dipl.-Inform. Pascal Meißner
Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Active Scene Recognition for Programming by Demonstration using Next-Best-View Estimates from Hierarchical Implicit Shape Models
2013.12.16Dr.-Ing. Jens Kober
Universität Bielefeld
Learning Motor Skills: From Algorithms to Robot Experiments
2013.12.09M.Sc. Dmitry Zarubin
Machine Learning & Robotics Lab
Universität Stuttgart
Caging Complex Objects with Geodesic Balls
2013.11.18Dipl.-Inf. Sebastian Höfer
Robotics and Biology Laboratory
TU Berlin
Extracting Kinematic Background Knowledge from Interactions Using Task-Sensitive Relational Learning
2013.10.21M.Eng. Kai Henning Koch
Optimization in Robotics and Biometrics Group
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Optimal Control Optimization for motion generation – Studies on HRP­-2
2013.09.30Dipl.-Math. Mona Eberts,
Department of Stochastics,
Institute of Stochastics and Applications,
University of Stuttgart
Global and Local Learning Rates for Least Squares SVMs
2013.08.22Dr. Dimitri Ognibene,
Personal Robotics Laboratory,
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
Imperial College London
Attention And Behaviour: Active Event Recognition
2013.08.20Dr. Yannis Gatsoulis,
Cognitive Robots Team,
Intelligent Systems Research Center,
University of Ulster
Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots
2013.07.08M.Eng. Oliver Kroemer
Intelligent Autonomous Systems group,
Computer Science Department,
Technical University of Darmstadt
Learning to Grasp through Experience and Object Generalization
2013.07.01Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Wrede
Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics,
Cognitive Systems Engineering,
Bielefeld University
Domain-Specific Languages as Rosetta-Stone for Engineering Cognitive Systems
Slides: pdf
2013.06.17Ph.D. Vien Ngo
Machine Learning and Robotics group,
Institute for Parallel and Distributed Systems,
University of Stuttgart
Reasoning with Uncertainties over existence of Objects
2013.06.10Ph.D. Barbara Frank
Autonomous Intelligent Systems group,
Department of Computer Science,
University of Freiburg
Motion Planning for Robots in Environments with Deformable Objects
Project Website: link
Slides: pdf
2013.06.03M.Sc. Johannes Kulick
Machine Learning and Robotics group,
Institute for Parallel and Distributed Systems,
University of Stuttgart
Active Model Selection
Slides: pdf
2013.05.16Dr. Ludovic Righetti
Autonomous Motion Department,
Institute for Intelligent Systems,
Exploiting and Controlling Contact Interactions for Locomotion and Manipulation tasks
Slides: pdf
2013.04.29Dipl.-Ing. Gregor Goebel
Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control,
University of Stuttgart
Simplifying Model Predictive Control algorithms via Machine Learning techniques
2013.04.24Dr. rer. nat. Yasir Niaz Khan
Machine Learning and Robotics group,
Institute for Parallel and Distributed Systems,
University of Stuttgart
Visual Terrain Classification for Outdoor Robots
2013.04.15B.A. Kyle Richardson
Foundations of Computational Linguistics group,
Institute for Natural Language Processing,
University of Stuttgart
Language Learning for Semantic Parsing