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Seminar: Robot Learning

Prof. Dr. Abhinav Valada

Julia Hindel Adrian Röfer Rohit Mohan Nick Heppert Jan Ole von Hartz Iana Zhura

Deep learning has become a key enabler of real world autonomous systems. Due to the significant advancement in deep learning, these systems are able to learn various tasks end-to-end, including for perception, state estimation, and control, thereby making important progress in object manipulation, scene understanding, visual recognition, object tracking, and learning-based control, amongst others. In this seminar, we will study a selection of state-of-the-art works that propose deep learning techniques for tackling various challenges in autonomous systems. In particular, we will analyze contributions in architecture design, and techniques selection that also include computer vision, reinforcement learning, imitation learning, and self-supervised learning.


Course Information

Course Number: 11LE13S-7317-M
Places: 12
Room 00.021, building 080
Course Program:
Introduction: 20/10/2023 @ 13:00
How to make a presentation: 12/01/2024 @ 13:00
Block Seminar: 09/02/2024 @ 09:00
Evaluation Program:
Abstract Due Date: 11/01/2024 @ 23:59
Seminar Presentation: 09/02/2024
Summary Due Date: 23/02/2024 @ 23:59
  Basic knowledge of Deep Learning or Reinforcement Learning
Topics will be assigned for the seminar via a preference voting. If there are more interested students than places, places will be assigned based on priority suggestions of the HisInOne system and motivation (tested by asking for a short summary of the preferred paper). The date of registration is irrelevant. In particular, we want to avoid that students grab a topic and then leave the seminar. Please have a coarse look at all available papers to make an informed decision before you commit. 

Course Material

Lecture 1: Introduction

Additional Information

Enrollment Procedure

  • Enroll through HISinOne, the course number is 11LE13S-7317-M.
  • The registration period for the seminars is to be announced.
  • Attend the introductory session on 20/10/2023.
  • Select three papers from the topic list which will be available from 25/09/2023.
  • Places will be assigned based on priority suggestions of HISInOne and motivation of the student.

Evaluation Details

  • Students are expected to write an abstract, prepare a 20-minute long presentation and draft a summary.
  • The abstract should not exceed two pages
  • The seminar will be held as a "Blockseminar"
  • The slides of your presentation should be discussed with the supervisor two weeks before the Blockseminar.
  • The summary should not exceed seven pages (excluding bibliography and images). Significantly longer summaries will not be accepted.
  • Ensure you cite all work you use including images and illustrations. Where possible, try to use your own illustrations.
  • The final grade is based on the oral presentation, the written abstract, the summary, and participation in the blockseminar.

What should the Summary contain?

The summary should address the following questions:

  • What is the paper's main contribution and why is it important?
  • How does it relate to other techniques in the literature?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the paper?
  • What would be some interesting follow-up work? Can you suggest any possible improvements in the proposed methods? Are there any further interesting applications that the authors might have overlooked?

Graded Component Submission

  • Save your document as a PDF and directly submit it to your topic supervisor via email.
  • The filename should be in the format "FirstName_LastName_X.pdf" where X is the evaluation component (Abstract / Summary / Presentation).


If you have any questions, please direct them to  Julia Hindel before the topic allotment, and to your supervisor after you have received your topic.