Elmar Rueckert is assistant professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Luebeck and head of the research group “Neural Learning Methods for Robotics“. In 2014, he received his PhD in mathematics and computer science at the Graz University of Technology. His dissertation on “biologically inspired motor learning methods for robots using probabilistic inference” was awarded summa cum laude. Thereafter he worked as a doctoral scientist at the Institute for Intelligent Autonomous Systems at the Technical University of Darmstadt. In 2016 he became the group leader of the research group “Neuronal Learning Methods for Robotics” and co-superviser of two PhD students. At the same time, he became coordinator of the associated EU project on cognitive learning methods in robotics.
At the beginning of 2018, Elmar Rueckert was appointed to the University of Luebeck, where his research interests include learning autonomous systems. Elmar Rueckert gives bachelor and master lectures in humanoid robotics, probabilistic robotics and machine learning. His research has contributed significantly to the understanding of stochastic and neuronal control and learning methods in robotics. His work on model predictive control with neuronal networks has been crucial for the realization of recent breakthroughs in real-time control strategies of humanoid robots with event based neuronal networks.. CV of Prof. Elmar Rueckert, E-Mail.
July 9, 2020
Conference Paper accepted at IROS 2020The paper by Nils Rottmann, Tjaša Kunavar, Jan Babič, Jan Peters and Elmar Rueckert on “Learning Hierarchical Acquisition Functions for Bayesian Optimization” was accepted for publication at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS’ 2020).
June 23, 2020
Proceedings of Machine Learning Research Paper acceptedE. Cartoni, F. Mannella, V.G. Santucci, J. Triesch, E. Rueckert, G. Baldassarre. REAL-2019: Robot open-Ended Autonomous Learning competition. Proceedings of Machine Learning Research 123:142-152, 2020. NeurIPS 2019 Competition and Demonstration Track
February 3, 2020
Conference Paper accepted at ASPAI 2020
The paper by Honghu Xue, Sven Boettger, Nils Rottmann, Harit Pandya, Ralf Bruder, Gerhard Neumann, Achim Schweikard and Elmar Rueckert on “Sample-Efficient Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolutional Strategy via Simulated Rollouts in Neural Networks” was accepted for publication at the 2nd International Conference on Advances in Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence..Read More
December 3, 2019
Successful grant: DFG project with > 650kEURO grantedTogether with Prof. Philipp Beckerle from the TU Dortmund, we got our research project on ‘Active transfer learning with neural networks through human-robot interactions’ granted.
August 26, 2019
Winner of the ’German AI-Young Research Price 2019’
Prof. Rueckert won the ’German AI-Young Researcher Price 2019’ (germ. deutscher KI-Nachwuchspreis 2019) by Bilanz & McKinsey – KI-Denker der Zukunft. The awards ceremony was on Sept. 26th, 2019. The main AI price was given to Prof. Kristian Kersting from the TU-Darmstadt. The german company DeepL received the award for..Read More
July 26, 2019
Advanced Robotics Best Paper Awardfor the paper: Probabilistic Movement Primitives under Unknown System Dynamics, by Paraschos, Alexandros and Rueckert, Elmar and Peters, Jan and Neumann, Gerhard. Advanced Robotics (ARJ), 32 (6), pp. 297-310, 2018.
June 22, 2019
Conference Paper accepted at ECMR 2019The paper by Nils Rottmann, Ralf Bruder, Achim Schweikard and Elmar Rueckert on “Loop Closure Detection in Closed Environments” was accepted for publication at the 2019 European Conference on Mobile Robots (ECMR).
June 20, 2019
Conference Paper Accepted at IROS 2019The paper by Svenja Stark, Jan Peters and Elmar Rueckert on “Experience Reuse with Probabilistic Movement Primitives” was accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2019).
June 7, 2019
Successful grant: Autonome Elektrofahrzeuge als urbane LieferantenDas Projekt Autonome Elektrofahrzeuge als urbane Lieferanten wird im Rahmen des Programms „Our Common Future“ von der Robert Bosch Stiftung gefördert. Projektstart ist der 01.07.2019 bis 30.10.2021 More at: https://future.ai-lab.science
April 17, 2019
Gründungssitzung Grundlagen von KI Systemen
Fachausschusses FA1.60 zu Grundlagen lernender intelligenter Systeme, Gründungsmitglieder: Barbara Hammer (Universität Bielefeld), Elmar Rückert (gewählter Vorsitzender), Georg Schildbach (Universität zu Lübeck), Gerhard Neumann (Universität Tübingen), Heinz Koeppl (Technische Universität Darmstadt), Jan Peters (Technische Universität Darmstadt), Justus Piater (Universität Innsbruck), Kristian Kersting (Technische Universität Darmstadt), Marc Toussaint (Universität Stuttgart), Micheal Ginger..Read More
January 5, 2019
Best Paper Awardfor the paper: Learning to Categorize Bug Reports with LSTM Networks, by Gondaliya, Kaushikkumar D; Peters, Jan; Rueckert, Elmar. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in System Testing and Validation Lifecycle (VALID)., pp. 6, XPS (Xpert Publishing Services), Nice, France, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-61208-671-2, ( October 14-18, 2018).
December 21, 2018
Conference paper accepted at BIOSIGNALS 2019Rottmann, N; Bruder, R; Schweikard, A; Rueckert, E. (2019). Cataglyphis ant navigation strategies solve the global localization problem in robots with binary sensors, Proceedings of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (BIOSIGNALS).
October 9, 2018
Journal Paper Accepted at Neural NetworksDaniel Tanneberg, Jan Peters, Elmar Rueckert Intrinsic Motivation and Mental Replay enable Efficient Online Adaptation in Stochastic Recurrent Networks accepted (Oct, 9th 2018) at Neural Networks – Elsevier with an Impact Factor of 7.197 (2017).
July 31, 2018
Conference paper accepted at VAILD 2018Gondaliya, D. Kaushikkumar; Peters, J.; Rueckert, E. (2018). Learning to categorize bug reports with LSTM networks: An empirical study on thousands of real bug reports from a world leading software company, Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in System Testing and Validation Lifecycle (VALID).
July 18, 2018
Journal Paper Accepted at JMLR – Journal of Machine Learning Research.Adrian Šošić, Elmar Rueckert, Jan Peters, Abdelhak M. Zoubir, Heinz Koeppl Inverse Reinforcement Learning via Nonparametric Spatio-Temporal Subgoal Modeling accepted (Oct, 8th 2018) at Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR).
February 1, 2018
1st day as Assistant Professor
September 18, 2017
Invited Talk at the ICDL Conference, Lisbon, PortugalHome – Background Slideshow Title: Experience Replay and Intrinsic Motivation in Neural Motor Skill Learning Models
September 18, 2017
3 HUMANOIDS Papers Accepted
Rueckert, E.; Nakatenus, M.; Tosatto, S.; Peters, J. (2017). Learning Inverse Dynamics Models in O(n) time with LSTM networks. Tanneberg, D.; Peters, J.; Rueckert, E. (2017). Efficient Online Adaptation with Stochastic Recurrent Neural Networks. Stark, S.; Peters, J.; Rueckert, E. (2017). A Comparison of Distance Measures for Learning Nonparametric Motor..Read More
September 1, 2017
CoRL Paper acceptedTanneberg, D.; Peters, J.; Rueckert, E. (2017). Online Learning with Stochastic Recurrent Neural Networks using Intrinsic Motivation Signals, Proceedings of the Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL).
August 4, 2017
W1 Juniorprofessorship with tenure track at University LübeckWith February 1st, 2018 I will work as professor for robotics at the university Lübeck.
February 28, 2017
Invited Talk at University Lübeck
Title: Neural models for robot motor skill learning. Abstract: The challenges in understanding human motor control, in brain-machine interfaces and anthropomorphic robotics are currently converging. Modern anthropomorphic robots with their compliant actuators and various types of sensors (e.g., depth and vision cameras, tactile fingertips, full-body skin, proprioception) have reached the perceptuomotor..Read More
January 31, 2017
Invited Talk at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), Germany
Learning to Plan through Reinforcement Learning in Spiking Neural Networks Abstract: Movement planing is a fundamental skill that is involved in many human motor control tasks. While the hippocampus plays a central role, the functional principles underlying planning are largely unexplored. In this talk, I present a computational model for planning..Read More
November 18, 2016
Invited Talk at the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI), Zurich, SwitzerlandProbabilistic computational models of human motor control for robot learning.
November 14, 2016
Invited Talk at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, GermanyNeural models for brain-machine interfaces and anthropomorphic robotics
February 6, 2016
Journal Paper Accepted at Nature Publishing Group: Scientific Reports.Rueckert, Elmar; Camernik, Jernej; Peters, Jan; Babic, Jan Probabilistic Movement Models Show that Postural Control Precedes and Predicts Volitional Motor Control Nature Publishing Group: Scientific Reports, 6 (28455), 2016.
December 18, 2015
Journal Paper Accepted at Nature Publishing Group: Scientific Reports.Rueckert, Elmar; Kappel, David; Tanneberg, Daniel; Pecevski, Dejan; Peters, Jan Recurrent Spiking Networks Solve Planning Tasks Nature Publishing Group: Scientific Reports, 6 (21142), 2016.
March 1, 2014
Postdoctoral fellow at IAS, DarmstadtElmar Rueckert joined the Autonomous Systems Labs of Prof. Jan Peters as Post-Doc in March 2014.
February 4, 2014
Ph.D. Defense – Summa Cum Laude (with honors).At the Technical University Graz, Austria with Prof. Wolfgang Maass.
June 1, 2013
Two Journal Papers Accepted at Frontiers in Computational NeuroscieneRueckert, Elmar; d’Avella, Andrea Learned parametrized dynamic movement primitives with shared synergies for controlling robotic and musculoskeletal systems Rueckert, Elmar; Neumann, Gerhard; Toussaint, Marc; Maass, Wolfgang Learned graphical models for probabilistic planning provide a new class of movement primitives
January 28, 2010
M.Sc. defense – Summa Cum Laude (with honors).At the technical University Graz with Prof. Horst Bischof.