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Jannik Zürn

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Technische Fakultät
Autonome Intelligente Systeme
Georges-Köhler-Allee 080
D-79110 Freiburg i. Br., Germany
Office:   080-00-008

Phone:   +49 761 203-8011
Fax:   +49 761 203-8007

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About me

  • 12/2018 - up to now: Working at the Autonomous Intelligent Systems group of Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard as Ph.D. student.
  • 08/2015 - 10/2018: Master of Science in Theoretical Mechanical Engineering with minor in Computational Mechanics and Robotics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • 10/2011 - 08/2015: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with minor in Continuum Mechanics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Research Interests

For my Ph.D. thesis I work on autonomous urban navigation for pedestrian robots. In my research, I aim at bringing Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, especially Deep Learning, closer together. My goal is to enable autonomous robots to better understand their surroundings with the sensors they have and to allow them to more accurately and robustly navigate through those surroundings; especially in precence of adversarial influences such as sensor noise, uncertainties, and occlusion. Self-supervised learning with multiple sensor modalities plays a particularly important role in this endeavour as it allows us to avoid expensive and time-consuming labeling of data which is necessary for standard supervised learning. More specifically, those topics include mainly:
  • Robot Perception
  • Weakly-Supervised Robot Learning
  • Self-Supervised Robot Learning

Current Research Projects


Supervised Students

  • Semantic Segmentation of Curb and Curb Cuts in Street Imagery, Y. Satyawan, 2019, Bachelor Thesis
  • Multimodal Object Tracking with Deep Learning, T. Krautschneider, 2019, Bachelor Thesis
  • Optical Flow based Window Detection, G. Stief, 2020, Bachelor Thesis
  • Sound Event Localization and Detection, S. Al-Rawi, 2021, Master Thesis
  • Self-Supervised Road Crossing Detection for Pedestrian Robots, S. Weber, 2022, Master Thesis


Conference Papers

  • Jannik Zürn, Wolfram Burgard,
    Self-Supervised Moving Vehicle Detection from Audio-Visual Cues
    IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters | IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2022.
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  • Johan Vertens, Jannik Zürn, Wolfram Burgard,
    HeatNet: Bridging the Day-Night Domain Gap in Semantic Segmentation with Thermal Images
    IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2020.
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Journal Articles

  • Jannik Zürn, Johan Vertens, Wolfram Burgard,
    Lane Graph Estimation for Scene Understanding in Urban Driving
    IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2021.
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  • Jannik Zürn, Wolfram Burgard Abhinav Valada,
    Self-Supervised Visual Terrain Classification from Unsupervised Acoustic Feature Learning
    IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2021.
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