Photos: Irene Ilter (portrait), Wolfram Scheible


I am a Research Scientist and Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Tübingen, Germany in the Autonomous Motion Department directed by Stefan Schaal. I obtained my Ph.D. (Dr. sc.) degree in 2013 from ETH Zurich under the supervision of Raffaello D’Andrea at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control . Before, I received a B.Sc. degree in General Engineering Science, a M.Sc. degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA degree in Technology Management, all from Hamburg University of Technology. In 2007, I spent eight months as a research scholar at University of California Berkeley.

My research interests are in the area of control systems theory and design with emphasis on autonomous, networked, and learning systems. We seek to develop algorithms that enable future engineered systems to act autonomously in unknown situations, interconnect with each other over networks, and automatically improve by learning from data. Turning mathematical and theoretical insight into enhanced autonomy and performance of real-world physical systems is an important and driving facet of our work.

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See Research and Publications for details on our research.


Jun 2016 Our research proposal on "Event-based Wireless Control for Cyber-physical Systems" in collaboration with Marco Zimmerling (TU Dresden) within the DFG Priority Program Cyber-physical Networking was successful. Within this project, I have an opening for a PhD researcher at MPI Tuebingen (announcement ).
Jun 2016 Simon Ebner was selected as a Finalist for the WODES 2016 Best Student Paper for our paper on "Communication Rate Analysis for Event-based State Estimation". Congratulations, Simon!
Mar 2016 Together with Christos G. Cassandras, I am organizing an Invited Session on "Event-Driven Control, Estimation, and Optimization" at the 13th International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems on May 30 in Xi'an, China.
Mar 2016 Our paper at the 13th International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems was accepted. (preprint coming soon)
Mar 2016 I have been appointed as a new Associated Member of the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems .
Feb 2016 An article about the robotics research at the Autonomous Motion Department, including our work on learning control, was published in the Max Planck Research magazin . (German , English )
Jan 2016 We had two papers accepted at ICRA 2016 and one at ACC 2016. (ACC16 , ICRA16a , ICRA16b )
Nov 2015 Together with colleagues from MPI and ETH Zurich, we are hosting the First Max Planck ETH Workshop on Learning Control from Nov 11-13 in Tübingen.
Aug 2015 Our paper was accepted for the Machine Learning in Planning and Control of Robot Motion Workshop at IROS 2015. (IROS15 )
Jun 2015 Together with Joris Sijs (TNO Netherlands), I organize a Special Session on “Event-based State Estimation” at EBCCSP 2015 in Krakow, Poland.
Apr 2015 We had two papers accepted at EBCCSP 2015, and one at RSS 2015. (EBCCSP15a , EBCCSP15b , RSS15 )
Jan 2015 Our papers at ICRA 2015 and ACC 2015 were accepted. (ICRA15 , ACC15 )
Nov 2014 Philipp Hennig (MPI Tübingen, Empirical Inference) and I received funding for our joint project on “Bayesian Optimization for Automatic Controller Design” through a Max Planck Grassroots grant.
Oct 2014 I received the Klaus Tschira Award for achievements in public understanding of science in the category of Computer Science (Informatik).

Dr. Sebastian Trimpe
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Autonomous Motion Department
Spemannstr. 38
72076 Tübingen, Germany