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Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard

Former Affiliation:
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Technische Fakultät
Autonome Intelligente Systeme
Georges-Köhler-Allee 080
D-79110 Freiburg i. Br., Germany
Office:   080-01-002

Phone:   +49 761 203-8026
Mobile:   +49 171 5457595
Fax:   +49 761 203-8007
Skype:   wolfram.burgard

I am Professor for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the Engineering Department of the University of Technology Nuremberg. I serve there also as Founding Chair of the Engineering Department.

From June 1999 until February 2021, I was professor of computer science at the University of Freiburg where I build the renown research lab for Autonomous Intelligent Systems.

My areas of interest lie in artificial intelligence and mobile robots.

My research mainly focuses on the development of robust and adaptive techniques for state estimation and control. Over the past years my group and I have developed a series of innovative probabilistic techniques for robot navigation and control. They cover different aspects such as localization, map-building, SLAM, path-planning, exploration, and several other aspects.

In my previous position from 1996 to 1999 at the University of Bonn I was head of the research lab for Autonomous Mobile Systems. In 1997 we deployed Rhino as the first interactive mobile tour-guide robot in the Deutsches Museum Bonn in Germany (see corresponding overview article). In 1998 my group and I went to Washington, DC, to install the mobile robot Minerva in the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Afterwards we produced several robots that autonomously operated in trade shows and Museums. In 2008, we developed an approach that allowed a car to autonomously navigate through a complex parking garage and park itself. In 2012, we developed the robot Obelix that autonomously navigated like a pedestrian from the campus of the Faculty of Engineering to the city center of Freiburg.

I have published over 350 papers and articles in robotic and artificial intelligence conferences and journals. In 2005, I co-authored two books. Whereas the first one, entitled Principles of Robot Motion - Theory, Algorithms, and Implementations, is about sensor-based planning, stochastic planning, localization, mapping, and motion planning, the second one, entitled Probabilistic Robotics, covers robot perception and control in the face of uncertainty.

In 2008, I became a Fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI).

In 2009, I became a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Furthermore, I am member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina as well as of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

In 2009, I received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the most prestigious German research award.

In 2010, I received an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council.

From 2012 to 2019, I was the coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence BrainLinks-BrainTools funded by the German Research Foundation.

A large fraction of my publications is available at Google Scholar.

My Erdös number is at most 4.

Detailed Curricula Vitae are available in English and German (the latter being slightly outdated).

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