Tim Schneider

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Robotics, Reinforcement Learning, Manipulation, Intrinsic Motivation, Machine Learning

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Tim Schneider
TU Darmstadt, FG IAS,
Hochschulstr. 10, 64289 Darmstadt
Office. Room E304, Building S2|02

Tim joined the Intelligent Autonomous Systems lab on November 1st, 2021, as a Ph.D. student. He is part of the Aristotle project under which he pursues a binational Ph.D. in cooperation with Prof. Liming Chen from École Centrale Lyon.

Before joining IAS, Tim completed his master's degree in Computer Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt. He wrote his master's thesis, "Active Inference for Robotic Manipulation", under the supervision of Boris Belousov and Hany Abdulsamad. In his thesis, he showed how Active Inference can be used to tackle challenging haptic exploration tasks with a robot. Prior to his master's thesis, Tim worked on reinforcement learning for design and construction of architectural structures with a robot arm.

During his Ph.D., Tim continues researching at the intersection between intrinsic motivation and robotic manipulation. He envisions that, similar to children, robots should become able to explore their environment haptically and develop an understanding of it by physical interaction.

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Belousov, B.; Wibranek, B.; Schneider, J.; Schneider, T.; Chalvatzaki, G.; Peters, J.; Tessmann, O. (2022). Robotic Architectural Assembly with Tactile Skills: Simulation and Optimization, Automation in Construction, 133, pp.104006.   Download Article [PDF]   BibTeX Reference [BibTex]

Schneider, T.; Belousov, B.; Chalvatzaki, G.; Romeres, D.; Jha, D.K.; Peters, J. (2022). Active Exploration for Robotic Manipulation, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).   Download Article [PDF]   BibTeX Reference [BibTex]

Research Interest

Robotics, Reinforcement Learning, Manipulation, Intrinsic Motivation, Machine Learning


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