Seminar Robust Reliable Robotics SS 2012

Monday, Jan 9, 2012

In this seminar we will study several aspects of robust and reliable robotics. Robots are machines created to fulfill particular tasks instead of or in cooperation with humans. In virtually all scenarios a failure is annoying or even catastrophic. Planetary rovers cannot be repaired easily or at all, broken factory robots can become vastly expensive not only due to the cost to repair the robot itself, but the problems they cause for the overall supply chain; and domestic service robots operate in close proximity to humans in their habitats and must take special precautions as not to harm a human or damage the interior. These considerations make it necessary to develop techniques and systems that enable a robot system to detect failures or unexpected behavior and at least stop, better even work around the problem.

The topics include recent papers on execution monitoring, robot system debugging, and fault detection.


Places for seminars and laboratories are centrally allocated. Registration will be open from 11.01.2012 until 23.01.2012. Please, clearly indicate why you want to join this particular seminar within the above mentioned registration process. We won’t be able to consider your application otherwise. The number of available slots is limited.


  • basic study period completed (Bachelor or Vordiplom)
  • An understanding of embodied AI and computer science
  • It is extremely helpful if the participants have taken both the Artificial Intelligence and the Knowledge Representation course with the department


The list of topics and the literature provided for each topic will be announced in the introductory meeting. Remember: the provided references only serve as a starting point for you own literature research!

Additional information

Introductory Meeting

  • The date and time for the introductory meeting will be announced here. Participation is compulsory.

Seminar Procedure

  • Participation in all meetings is bindingly for achieving the credit. The literature given for the talk should be discussed with the instructor. The instructors of the different topics are to be announced.

Seminar Date

  • The seminar will be held as a block seminar on two consecutive days. The dates and times will be announced in the introductory meeting.

General Info

Library Tour

  • The Computer Science Library offers guided tours on how to find literature in the library and how to prepare a seminar. Interested students should enlist for a tour in the preliminary discussion.

Seminar intro Slides