After receiving my diploma in electrical engineering from TU Dresden, I joined the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in 2017. My current research focuses on control strategies for wireless cyber-physical systems. This involves a tight integration of communication and control system, taking into account network imperfections such as constrained bandwidth, transport delays, and packet drops. To solve these challenges I look at classical control methods as well as at leveraging machine learning methods.
Future intelligent systems such as autonomous robots, self-driving cars, or manufacturing systems will be connected over communication networks. Facilitated by the network, the individual agents can coordinate their actions and thus achieve functionality exceeding the individual unit (for example, driving in formation or collaborati...
Wireless communication and embedded computation are key enabling technologies for future autonomous systems. Embedded devices allow for gathering and processing data in remote and distributed locations, while wireless multi-hop networks offer unprecedented flexibility in sharing data between these devices, for example, to increase c...
2018, Under review at a conference (conference) Submitted
Closing feedback loops fast and over long distances is key to emerging applications; for example, robot motion control and swarm coordination require update intervals below 100 ms. Low-power wireless is preferred for its flexibility, low cost, and small form factor, especially if the devices support multi-hop communication. Thus far, however, closed-loop control over multi-hop low-power wireless has only been demonstrated for update intervals on the order of multiple seconds. This paper presents a wireless embedded system that tames imperfections impairing control performance such as jitter or packet loss, and a control design that exploits the essential properties of this system to provably guarantee closed-loop stability for linear dynamic systems. Using experiments on a testbed with multiple cart-pole systems, we are the first to demonstrate the feasibility and to assess the performance of closed-loop control and coordination over multi-hop low-power wireless for update intervals from 20 ms to 50 ms.
Our goal is to understand the principles of Perception, Action and Learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems