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Daniel Leidner

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.


Posts from Daniel Leidner

Space | 24. August 2017

Beaming instructions from space: robot experiment between the ISS and Oberpfaffenhofen

The Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has long been a forerunner in the remote control of robot technology for space applications. In 1993, the ROTEX experiment was the first ever in which a robot was remotely controlled from the ground and actually caught a free-floating object in space. In a more recent experiment in December 2015, cosmonaut Sergei Volkov used technology that built on this experiment to operate a ground-based robot from the International Space Station (ISS). read more