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Dr. Peter Biber
Future intelligent robotic systems – navigation, perception, SLAM
“In robotics and artificial intelligence, we are only just starting to tap the potential. As researchers, we can be involved in co-shaping this process.”
After studying computer science and earning a doctorate in the area of robotics, I started working as a research engineer at Bosch Research. Now a Senior Expert, I am primarily responsible for topics such as SLAM.
While at university, I developed NDT scan matching as well as a process for life-long localization, both of which are still applied today. At Bosch, I have been able to develop the navigation system for the autonomous Indego lawnmower, for example.
In recent years, my focus in development has been on developing a cross-application, mass-production SLAM system.
Senior Expert in Robotics
2001University of Tübingen
Strisciuglio et al. (2018)Trimbot2020: an outdoor robot for automatic gardening
- Nicola Strisciuglio, Radim Tylecek, Michael Blaich, Nicolai Petkov, Peter Biber, Jochen Hemming, Eldert van Henten, Torsten Sattler, Marc Pollefeys, Theo Gevers, Thomas Brox, Robert B Fisher
- ISR 2018; 50th International Symposium on Robotics
Schirmer et al. (2017)Efficient path planning in belief space for safe navigation
- Robert Schirmer, Peter Biber, Cyrill Stachniss
- IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017)
Haug et al. (2014)Plant classification system for crop/weed discrimination without segmentation
- Sebastian Haug, Andreas Michaels, Peter Biber, Jörn Ostermann
- IEEE winter conference on applications of computer vision 2014
Biber et al. (2012)Navigation system of the autonomous agricultural robot Bonirob
- Peter Biber, Ulrich Weiss, Michael Dorna, Amos Albert
- Workshop on Agricultural Robotics: Enabling Safe, Efficient, and Affordable Robots for Food Production (Collocated with IROS 2012), Vilamoura, Portugal
Weiss, Biber (2011)Plant detection and mapping for agricultural robots using a 3D LIDAR sensor
- Ulrich Weiss, Peter Biber
- Robotics and autonomous systems 59 (5), 265-273
Graefenstein et al. (2009)Wireless node localization based on RSSI using a rotating antenna on a mobile robot
- Juergen Graefenstein, Amos Albert, Peter Biber, Andreas Schilling
- 6th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication (2009)
Biber, Ducket (2005)Dynamic maps for long-term operation of mobile service robots
- Peter Biber, Tom Duckett
- Robotics: science and systems (RSS 1), 17-24
Fleck et al. (2005)Omnidirectional 3d modeling on a mobile robot using graph cuts
- Sven Fleck, Florian Busch, Peter Biber, Wolfgang Straßer, Henrik Andreasson
- Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Biber et al. (2004)3D modeling of indoor environments by a mobile robot with a laser scanner and panoramic camera
- Peter Biber, Henrik Andreasson, Tom Duckett, Andreas Schilling
- IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2004)
Biber, Straßer (2003)The normal distributions transform: A new approach to laser scan matching
- Peter Biber, Wolfgang Straßer
- Proceedings 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2003)
Interview with Dr. Peter Biber
Senior Expert in Robotics
Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.
Research constantly gives us the opportunity to start at the very beginning, to be innovative, and to create new things. I am particularly fascinated by the relationship between abstract mathematical formulations and the tangible performance of artificial intelligent systems experienced in the real world. What is important is that the research topics are incorporated in a social context which provides the ethical principles for our work, especially in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence.
What makes research done at Bosch so special?
The opportunity to bring research results to real life, to measure them against the requirements prevailing there, and to have personal contact with the users. At Bosch, we also work in fantastic teams representing a wide variety of competencies and nationalities – this gives us the opportunity to gain life experience. Within the framework of my work, I spent longer periods in Silicon Valley, England, and India, for example, where I collaborated with local teams. Cooperations with the very best universities around the globe also mean that we are always on top of the latest developments in research.
What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?
I am researching topics in the area of robotic navigation. In recent years, there has been a strong focus on mapping and localization (SLAM) with a broad range of applications (home robots, indoor/outdoor, intralogistics, autonomous driving). The first products based on my results are now being launched. I am currently preoccupied with the question as to what technologies in this area could represent a real leap in the efficiency and performance of mobile autonomous systems.
What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?
We need to develop intelligent basic robotic functions such as perception, localization, and navigation, which perform reliably and accurately in the open and unpredictable real world. This is a real challenge as not all functions can be preprogrammed here. What would appear to be so easy for human beings, i.e. swiftly adapting to unfamiliar situations and applying “common sense”, is still a tough problem for robots. An integration of functions – which are currently separate – in a holistic internal state model could represent a solution.
How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?
One thing is clear: intelligent technologies such as robotics relieve human beings of tedious, boring, and dangerous tasks. But this also requires a degree of social acceptance, e.g. when it comes to topics such as robotics in the area of nursing care. And even better if a real added value for humans would be created, in the form of more safety in road traffic or in factories, for example.