Prof. Dr. Raúl Rojas
Dr. Daniel Göhring
Prof. Dr. Raúl Rojas is professor of artificial intelligence at the Institute of Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin and a renowned specialist in artificial neural networks. He attended university at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, where he majored in mathematics and physics. He moved to Germany in 1982 as a doctoral student in economics. In 1994 he became a professor at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and later moved to the Freie Universität Berlin. The FU-Fighters, football-playing robots he helped build, were world champions in 2004 and 2005. He and his team were awarded the Wolfgang von Kempelen Prize for his work on Konrad Zuse and the history of computers. Since 2006 Prof. Rojas has been designing technologies related to autonomous vehicles. As part of this project, he led a team to develop the research vehicle ‘Spirit of Berlin’, making it to the semifinals in the DARPA Urban Challenge in California in 2007. Since November 2009 he has been working on the further development of autonomous or semi-autonomous cars as the supervisor of the AutoNOMOS project.
In his free time, Prof. Rojas enjoys economics, reading the newspaper, and sky diving.
Daniel Göhring received his Diploma in Computer Science in 2004 and his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in 2009 in the field of localization and tracking for soccer playing robots. Having worked for a year at the German Aerospace Center in the department of Transport Research, he joined the AutoNOMOS labs in 2010 and lead the Cogitive Navigation group, developing the controller, parts of the high-level planner and simulator. In 2014 Daniel returned to the AutoNOMOS labs after a two year research exchange at the ICSI and UC Berkeley, California.
In his free time Daniel is a passionate runner, he also likes gardening, hiking, cycling, and swimming.
Fritz Ulbrich began his studies in computer science at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2001. Since 2006 he is a member of the AutoNOMOS team. In 2009 he received his master’s degree and since then he is a research assistant. His main tasks are lane detection and the processing of the associated information. As test driver Fritz is frequently operating the autonomous cars ‘Spirit of Berlin’ and ‘Made in Germany’ and is often tweaking their sensor arrays.
After working hours Fritz likes to relax in a hammock with his laptop. Apart from that he enjoys to drive with his ‘Schwalbe’ moped through Berlin or to tinker with it.
Bennet Fischer joined the AI group in 2008 due to his work on humanoid robots. Since 2009 he is a member of the team AutoNOMOS. He is working in the vision lab on the realization of computer vision algorithms inside hardware structures. Bennets main interests lie in the area between computer science and electrical engineering.
For recreation he enjoys the city on foot, via bike or his vintage Lancia.
Tobias Langner started to study computer science in 2003 at the Freie Universität Berlin with main focus on robotics and computer vision. Since 2009 he is a member of the FUmanoids, the humanoid robot soccer team of the FU Berlin, and graduated in 2010 with a thesis about robot self-localization. His current work in the AutoNOMOS project comprehends of the detection of cars and pedestrians with classifiers based on Haar-like features. Furthermore he investigates more general approaches of obstacle detection using stereo vision and inverse perspective mapping.
Before switching to computer science at the Free University of Berlin, Xiuyan Guo studied electrical engineering in China, gaining rich experience in hardware design and micro-controller and FPGA related programming. He received the B.E. degree in electronic and information engineering, and the M.E. degree in signal and information processing from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Since 2012, he has been studying and working in the AutoNOMOS group as a CSC scholarship student, pursuing his PhD degree, here.
Simon received his bachelor’s degree in computer science at the Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften FH Ingolstadt in 2012. During his bachelor program he was studying abroad at the University of Wolverhampton (UK) for one semester. Since 2012 he has studied at the Freie Universität Berlin in the master program for computer science with the focus on artificial intelligence and robotics. During his studies he felt a main interest in robotics and related topics. Besides the lectures he gained experience through internships and his bachelor thesis. At the moment Simon is writing his master thesis in our group. Before his master program Simon was concentrating on a sofware architecture for autonomous systems during his bachelor thesis.
In his free time Simon does photography, he also likes hiking and book reading.
Steffen Heinrich studied Computer Science with a minor in electronic engineering from 2006 until 2012 at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2008 he joined the group for Intelligent Systems and Robotics of Prof. Raúl Rojas as a student assistant and worked on various projects such as “FUmanoids” (soccer playing humanoid robots) and AutoNOMOS (autonomous driving). In 2012 he started an autonomous model car project within the group called “Berlin Racing Team” as an opportunity for students to get in touch with real world challenges of automated driving in a simplified environment.
In his free time Steffen likes to play soccer, but gives plenty of other sport activities a try, e.g. lacrosse, beach volleyball or surfing. He also loves having delicious food and travelling foreign countries.
Robert Spangenberg studied computer science with a minor in economics from 2001 till mid 2007 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He wrote his diploma thesis at the Transport Research Institute of the German Aerospace Center on multi-object tracking in traffic scenarios. In 2007 he started to work at an automotive supplier, developing camera-based driver assistance systems. Since 2009 he is a part-time PhD student in the AutoNOMOS group.
In his spare time he likes to do some free climbing, cycling or road racing.
Since October 2013, Andreas Hartmannsgruber is working in the cross-divisional advanced development of Continental Automotive GmbH in Regensburg as a PhD Student. The first time he got involved in “Autonomous Driving” during his Master Thesis for the BMW Car IT in Munich, where he built up and programmed a small scale test vehicle for an “Autonomous Driving” framework based on ROS (Robot Operating System). Prior to that, he studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (B. Eng.), as well as Electromobility and Power Networks (M. Sc.) at the OTH Regensburg. As a student he was also able to gain practical experience by working part time for the AVL Software & Functions GmbH in Regensburg.
In his spare time he enjoys working out regularly and meeting friends for movie, dinner, drinks and more.
Daniel Lammering graduated with a master’s degree in computer science at the OTH – Regensburg. In 2013 he wrote his master thesis at Continental Regensburg in the division Automotive Systems and Technology, a cross-divisional advanced development department. The master thesis main focus lied on communication networks like Ethernet and CAN. Since then he has been working as a PhD student within advanced development of autonomous driving at Continental Regensburg. His main tasks are the research and development of system architectures and the intercommunication concerning functional safety according to the ISO26262 standard. He is supporting the team in the EU funded project called AdaptIVe.
Outside of his work as a PhD student he likes going on trips with his motorbike. In general he enjoys all motorsport related activities. Therefore he will be regularly seen at the Nordschleife.