Daniel Leidner studied computer engineering at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. During his studies he already found excitement in knowing that his software was influencing the world outside of computers. From there, it took only a small step to get into the area of robotics. This is how he came to pursue his Master's degree at the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, after which he continued his scientific career at DLR. He has been leader of the Rollin’ Justin team since 2016 and in 2017 his role has been expanded to also include being group leader for semantic planning at the Department for Cognitive Robotics.
At the moment, Daniel Leidner is working on getting the robot Justin ready for deployment in future Mars missions. The METERON SUPVIS Justin experiments are aimed at showing how robots can be useful assistants to astronauts. Daniel's research interests include artificial intelligence, knowledge-based task planning and autonomous, compliant manipulation.