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Efficient learning and feature detection in high dimensional regression

Ting, J., D’Souza, A., Vijayakumar, S., Schaal, S.

Neural Computation, 22, pages: 831-886, 2010, clmc (article)

Abstract
We present a novel algorithm for efficient learning and feature selection in high- dimensional regression problems. We arrive at this model through a modification of the standard regression model, enabling us to derive a probabilistic version of the well-known statistical regression technique of backfitting. Using the Expectation- Maximization algorithm, along with variational approximation methods to overcome intractability, we extend our algorithm to include automatic relevance detection of the input features. This Variational Bayesian Least Squares (VBLS) approach retains its simplicity as a linear model, but offers a novel statistically robust â??black- boxâ? approach to generalized linear regression with high-dimensional inputs. It can be easily extended to nonlinear regression and classification problems. In particular, we derive the framework of sparse Bayesian learning, e.g., the Relevance Vector Machine, with VBLS at its core, offering significant computational and robustness advantages for this class of methods. We evaluate our algorithm on synthetic and neurophysiological data sets, as well as on standard regression and classification benchmark data sets, comparing it with other competitive statistical approaches and demonstrating its suitability as a drop-in replacement for other generalized linear regression techniques.

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Improving People Awareness of Service Robots by Semantic Scene Knowledge

Stueckler, J., Behnke, S.

In RobuCup, 6556, pages: 157-168, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, 2010 (inproceedings)

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ImageFlow: Streaming Image Search

Jampani, V., Ramos, G., Drucker, S.

MSR-TR-2010-148, Microsoft Research, Redmond, 2010 (techreport)

Abstract
Traditional grid and list representations of image search results are the dominant interaction paradigms that users face on a daily basis, yet it is unclear that such paradigms are well-suited for experiences where the user‟s task is to browse images for leisure, to discover new information or to seek particular images to represent ideas. We introduce ImageFlow, a novel image search user interface that ex-plores a different alternative to the traditional presentation of image search results. ImageFlow presents image results on a canvas where we map semantic features (e.g., rele-vance, related queries) to the canvas‟ spatial dimensions (e.g., x, y, z) in a way that allows for several levels of en-gagement – from passively viewing a stream of images, to seamlessly navigating through the semantic space and ac-tively collecting images for sharing and reuse. We have implemented our system as a fully functioning prototype, and we report on promising, preliminary usage results.

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Stick It! Articulated Tracking using Spatial Rigid Object Priors

Soren Hauberg, Kim S. Pedersen

In Computer Vision – ACCV 2010, 6494, pages: 758-769, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, (Editors: Kimmel, Ron and Klette, Reinhard and Sugimoto, Akihiro), Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Gaussian-like Spatial Priors for Articulated Tracking

Soren Hauberg, Stefan Sommer, Kim S. Pedersen

In Computer Vision – ECCV 2010, 6311, pages: 425-437, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, (Editors: Daniilidis, Kostas and Maragos, Petros and Paragios, Nikos), Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Reach to grasp actions in rhesus macaques: Dimensionality reduction of hand, wrist, and upper arm motor subspaces using principal component analysis

Vargas-Irwin, C., Franquemont, L., Shakhnarovich, G., Yadollahpour, P., Black, M., Donoghue, J.

2010 Abstract Viewer and Itinerary Planner, Society for Neuroscience, 2010, Online (conference)

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Nanoscale imaging using deep ultraviolet digital holographic microscopy

Faridian, A., Hopp, D., Pedrini, G., Eigenthaler, U., Hirscher, M., Osten, W.

{Optics Express}, 18(13):14159-14164, 2010 (article)

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Metal-organic frameworks for hydrogen storage

Hirscher, M., Panella, B., Schmitz, B.

{Microporous and Mesoporous Materials}, 129, pages: 335-339, 2010 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Samarium-cobalt 2:17 magnets: analysis of the coercive field of Sm2(CoFeCuZr)17 high-temperature permanent magnets

Goll, D., Stadelmaier, H. H., Kronmüller, H.

{Scripta Materialia}, 63, pages: 243-245, 2010 (article)

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Low-temperature growth of silicon nanotubes and nanowires on amorphous substrates

Mbenkum, B. N., Schneider, A. S., Schütz, G., Xu, C., Richter, G., van Aken, P. A., Majer, G., Spatz, J. P.

{ACS Nano}, 4(4):1805-1812, 2010 (article)

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Formation and mobility of protonic charge carriers in methyl sulfonic acid-water mixtures: A model for sulfonic acid based ionomers at low degree of hydration

Telfah, A., Majer, G., Kreuer, K. D., Schuster, M., Maier, J.

{Solid State Ionics}, 181, pages: 461-465, 2010 (article)

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Magnetization reversal of Fe/Gd multilayers on self-assembled arrays of nanospheres

Amaladass, E., Eimüller, T., Ludescher, B., Tyliszczak, T., Schütz, G.

In 200, Glasgow, Scotland, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Continuous photobleaching to study the growth modes of focal adhesions

de Beer, A. G. F., Majer, G., Roke, S., Spatz, J. P.

{Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology}, 24, pages: 2323-2334, 2010 (article)

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Magnetic antivortex-core reversal by circular-rotational spin currents

Kamionka, T., Martens, M., Chou, K. W., Curcic, M., Drews, A., Schütz, G., Tyliszczak, T., Stoll, H., Van Waeyenberge, B., Meier, G.

{Physical Review Letters}, 105, 2010 (article)

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Extension of Yafet\textquotesingles theory of spin relaxation to ferromagnets

Steiauf, D., Illg, C., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 322, pages: L5-L7, 2010 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Stochastic Differential Dynamic Programming

Theodorou, E., Tassa, Y., Todorov, E.

In the proceedings of American Control Conference (ACC 2010) , 2010, clmc (article)

Abstract
We present a generalization of the classic Differential Dynamic Programming algorithm. We assume the existence of state- and control-dependent process noise, and proceed to derive the second-order expansion of the cost-to-go. Despite having quartic and cubic terms in the initial expression, we show that these vanish, leaving us with the same quadratic structure as standard DDP.

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Learning Policy Improvements with Path Integrals

Theodorou, E. A., Buchli, J., Schaal, S.

In International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS 2010), 2010, clmc (inproceedings)

Abstract
With the goal to generate more scalable algo- rithms with higher efficiency and fewer open parameters, reinforcement learning (RL) has recently moved towards combining classi- cal techniques from optimal control and dy- namic programming with modern learning techniques from statistical estimation the- ory. In this vein, this paper suggests the framework of stochastic optimal control with path integrals to derive a novel approach to RL with parametrized policies. While solidly grounded in value function estimation and optimal control based on the stochastic Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equations, policy improvements can be transformed into an approximation problem of a path inte- gral which has no open parameters other than the exploration noise. The resulting algorithm can be conceived of as model- based, semi-model-based, or even model free, depending on how the learning problem is structured. Our new algorithm demon- strates interesting similarities with previous RL research in the framework of proba- bility matching and provides intuition why the slightly heuristically motivated proba- bility matching approach can actually per- form well. Empirical evaluations demon- strate significant performance improvements over gradient-based policy learning and scal- ability to high-dimensional control problems. We believe that Policy Improvement with Path Integrals (PI2) offers currently one of the most efficient, numerically robust, and easy to implement algorithms for RL based on trajectory roll-outs.

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Learning optimal control solutions: a path integral approach

Theodorou, E., Schaal, S.

In Abstracts of Neural Control of Movement Conference (NCM 2010), Naples, Florida, 2010, 2010, clmc (inproceedings)

Abstract
Investigating principles of human motor control in the framework of optimal control has had a long tradition in neural control of movement, and has recently experienced a new surge of investigations. Ideally, optimal control problems are addresses as a reinforcement learning (RL) problem, which would allow to investigate both the process of acquiring an optimal control solution as well as the solution itself. Unfortunately, the applicability of RL to complex neural and biomechanics systems has been largely impossible so far due to the computational difficulties that arise in high dimensional continuous state-action spaces. As a way out, research has focussed on computing optimal control solutions based on iterative optimal control methods that are based on linear and quadratic approximations of dynamical models and cost functions. These methods require perfect knowledge of the dynamics and cost functions while they are based on gradient and Newton optimization schemes. Their applicability is also restricted to low dimensional problems due to problematic convergence in high dimensions. Moreover, the process of computing the optimal solution is removed from the learning process that might be plausible in biology. In this work, we present a new reinforcement learning method for learning optimal control solutions or motor control. This method, based on the framework of stochastic optimal control with path integrals, has a very solid theoretical foundation, while resulting in surprisingly simple learning algorithms. It is also possible to apply this approach without knowledge of the system model, and to use a wide variety of complex nonlinear cost functions for optimization. We illustrate the theoretical properties of this approach and its applicability to learning motor control tasks for reaching movements and locomotion studies. We discuss its applicability to learning desired trajectories, variable stiffness control (co-contraction), and parameterized control policies. We also investigate the applicability to signal dependent noise control systems. We believe that the suggested method offers one of the easiest to use approaches to learning optimal control suggested in the literature so far, which makes it ideally suited for computational investigations of biological motor control.

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Enhancing the performance of Bio-inspired adhesives

Chung, H., Glass, P., Sitti, M., Washburn, N. R.

In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 240, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Enhanced wet adhesion and shear of elastomeric micro-fiber arrays with mushroom tip geometry and a photopolymerized p (DMA-co-MEA) tip coating

Glass, P., Chung, H., Washburn, N. R., Sitti, M.

Langmuir, 26(22):17357-17362, American Chemical Society, 2010 (article)

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Project Page [BibTex]


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Control performance simulation in the design of a flapping wing micro-aerial vehicle

Hines, L. L., Arabagi, V., Sitti, M.

In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, pages: 1090-1095, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Project Page [BibTex]


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Towards Semantic Scene Analysis with Time-of-flight Cameras

Holz, D., Schnabel, R., Droeschel, D., Stueckler, J., Behnke, S.

In RobuCup, 6556, pages: 121-132, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Layered image motion with explicit occlusions, temporal consistency, and depth ordering

Sun, D., Sudderth, E., Black, M. J.

In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 23 (NIPS), pages: 2226-2234, MIT Press, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Layered models are a powerful way of describing natural scenes containing smooth surfaces that may overlap and occlude each other. For image motion estimation, such models have a long history but have not achieved the wide use or accuracy of non-layered methods. We present a new probabilistic model of optical flow in layers that addresses many of the shortcomings of previous approaches. In particular, we define a probabilistic graphical model that explicitly captures: 1) occlusions and disocclusions; 2) depth ordering of the layers; 3) temporal consistency of the layer segmentation. Additionally the optical flow in each layer is modeled by a combination of a parametric model and a smooth deviation based on an MRF with a robust spatial prior; the resulting model allows roughness in layers. Finally, a key contribution is the formulation of the layers using an image dependent hidden field prior based on recent models for static scene segmentation. The method achieves state-of-the-art results on the Middlebury benchmark and produces meaningful scene segmentations as well as detected occlusion regions.

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Manifold Valued Statistics, Exact Principal Geodesic Analysis and the Effect of Linear Approximations

Stefan Sommer, Francois Lauze, Soren Hauberg, Mads Nielsen

In Computer Vision – ECCV 2010, 6316, pages: 43-56, (Editors: Daniilidis, Kostas and Maragos, Petros and Paragios, Nikos), Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010 (inproceedings)

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GPU Accelerated Likelihoods for Stereo-Based Articulated Tracking

Rune Mollegaard Friborg, Soren Hauberg, Kenny Erleben

In The CVGPU workshop at European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) 2010, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Visual Object-Action Recognition: Inferring Object Affordances from Human Demonstration

Kjellström, H., Romero, J., Kragic, D.

Computer Vision and Image Understanding, pages: 81-90, 2010 (article)

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Unsupervised learning of a low-dimensional non-linear representation of motor cortical neuronal ensemble activity using Spatio-Temporal Isomap

Kim, S., Tsoli, A., Jenkins, O., Simeral, J., Donoghue, J., Black, M.

2010 Abstract Viewer and Itinerary Planner, Society for Neuroscience, 2010, Online (conference)

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Lateral transport of thermal capillary waves

Smith, T. H. R., Vasilyev, O., Maciolek, A., Schmidt, M.

{Europhysics Letters}, 89(1), 2010 (article)

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The formation and propagation of flux avalanches in tailored MgB2 films

Treiber, S., Albrecht, J.

{New Journal of Physics}, 12, 2010 (article)

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Direct imaging of current induced magnetic vortex gyration in an asymmetric potential well

Bisig, A., Rhensius, J., Kammerer, M., Curcic, M., Stoll, H., Schütz, G., Van Waeyenberge, B., Chou, K. W., Tyliszczak, T., Heyderman, L. J., Krzyk, S., von Bieren, A., Kläui, M.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 96, 2010 (article)

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Induced magnetism of carbon atoms at the graphene/Ni(111) interface

Weser, M., Rehder, Y., Horn, K., Sicot, M., Fonin, M., Preobrajenski, A. B., Voloshina, E. N., Goering, E., Dedkov, Y. S.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 96, 2010 (article)

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Photon counting system for time-resolved experiments in multibunch mode

Puzic, A., Korhonen, T., Kalantari, B., Raabe, J., Quitmann, C., Jüllig, P., Bommer, L., Goll, D., Schütz, G., Wintz, S., Strache, T., Körner, M., Markó, D., Bunce, C., Fassbender, J.

{Synchrotron Radiation News}, 23(2):26-32, 2010 (article)

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Coupling of Fe and uncompensated Mn moments in exchange-biased Fe/MnPd

Brück, S., Macke, S., Goering, E., Ji, X., Zhan, Q., Krishnan, K. M.

{Physical Review B}, 81(13), 2010 (article)

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Remarks about spillover and hydrogen adsorption - Comments on the contributions of A.V. Talyzin and R.T. Yang

Hirscher, M.

{Microporous and Mesoporous Materials}, 135, pages: 209-210, 2010 (article)

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Grain boundary ridges and triple lines

Straumal, B. B., Sursaeva, V. G., Baretzky, B.

{Scripta Materialia}, 62(12):924-927, 2010 (article)

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Contact angles by the solid-phase grain boundary wetting (coverage) in the Co-Cu system

Straumal, B. B., Kogtenkova, O. A., Straumal, A. B., Kuchyeyev, Y. O., Baretzky, B.

In 45, pages: 4271-4275, Glasgow, Scotland, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Expanding micelle nanolithography to the self-assembly of multicomponent core-shell nanoparticles

Mbenkum, B. N., D\’\iaz-Ortiz, A., Gu, L., van Aken, P. A., Schütz, G.

{Journal of the American Chemical Society}, 132(31):10671-10673, 2010 (article)

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Learning control in robotics – trajectory-based opitimal control techniques

Schaal, S., Atkeson, C. G.

Robotics and Automation Magazine, 17(2):20-29, 2010, clmc (article)

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In a not too distant future, robots will be a natural part of daily life in human society, providing assistance in many areas ranging from clinical applications, education and care giving, to normal household environments [1]. It is hard to imagine that all possible tasks can be preprogrammed in such robots. Robots need to be able to learn, either by themselves or with the help of human supervision. Additionally, wear and tear on robots in daily use needs to be automatically compensated for, which requires a form of continuous self-calibration, another form of learning. Finally, robots need to react to stochastic and dynamic environments, i.e., they need to learn how to optimally adapt to uncertainty and unforeseen changes. Robot learning is going to be a key ingredient for the future of autonomous robots. While robot learning covers a rather large field, from learning to perceive, to plan, to make decisions, etc., we will focus this review on topics of learning control, in particular, as it is concerned with learning control in simulated or actual physical robots. In general, learning control refers to the process of acquiring a control strategy for a particular control system and a particular task by trial and error. Learning control is usually distinguished from adaptive control [2] in that the learning system can have rather general optimization objectivesâ??not just, e.g., minimal tracking errorâ??and is permitted to fail during the process of learning, while adaptive control emphasizes fast convergence without failure. Thus, learning control resembles the way that humans and animals acquire new movement strategies, while adaptive control is a special case of learning control that fulfills stringent performance constraints, e.g., as needed in life-critical systems like airplanes. Learning control has been an active topic of research for at least three decades. However, given the lack of working robots that actually use learning components, more work needs to be done before robot learning will make it beyond the laboratory environment. This article will survey some ongoing and past activities in robot learning to assess where the field stands and where it is going. We will largely focus on nonwheeled robots and less on topics of state estimation, as typically explored in wheeled robots [3]â??6], and we emphasize learning in continuous state-action spaces rather than discrete state-action spaces [7], [8]. We will illustrate the different topics of robot learning with examples from our own research with anthropomorphic and humanoid robots.

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Learning, planning, and control for quadruped locomotion over challenging terrain

Kalakrishnan, M., Buchli, J., Pastor, P., Mistry, M., Schaal, S.

International Journal of Robotics Research, 30(2):236-258, 2010, clmc (article)

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We present a control architecture for fast quadruped locomotion over rough terrain. We approach the problem by decomposing it into many sub-systems, in which we apply state-of-the-art learning, planning, optimization, and control techniques to achieve robust, fast locomotion. Unique features of our control strategy include: (1) a system that learns optimal foothold choices from expert demonstration using terrain templates, (2) a body trajectory optimizer based on the Zero- Moment Point (ZMP) stability criterion, and (3) a floating-base inverse dynamics controller that, in conjunction with force control, allows for robust, compliant locomotion over unperceived obstacles. We evaluate the performance of our controller by testing it on the LittleDog quadruped robot, over a wide variety of rough terrains of varying difficulty levels. The terrain that the robot was tested on includes rocks, logs, steps, barriers, and gaps, with obstacle sizes up to the leg length of the robot. We demonstrate the generalization ability of this controller by presenting results from testing performed by an independent external test team on terrain that has never been shown to us.

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Teleoperated 3-D force feedback from the nanoscale with an atomic force microscope

Onal, C. D., Sitti, M.

IEEE Transactions on nanotechnology, 9(1):46-54, IEEE, 2010 (article)

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Roll and pitch motion analysis of a biologically inspired quadruped water runner robot

Park, H. S., Floyd, S., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 29(10):1281-1297, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2010 (article)

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Microstructured elastomeric surfaces with reversible adhesion and examples of their use in deterministic assembly by transfer printing

Kim, Seok, Wu, Jian, Carlson, Andrew, Jin, Sung Hun, Kovalsky, Anton, Glass, Paul, Liu, Zhuangjian, Ahmed, Numair, Elgan, Steven L, Chen, Weiqiu, others

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(40):17095-17100, National Acad Sciences, 2010 (article)

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Tankbot: A palm-size, tank-like climbing robot using soft elastomer adhesive treads

Unver, O., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 29(14):1761-1777, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2010 (article)

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Utilizing the Structure of Field Lines for Efficient Soccer Robot Localization

Schulz, H., Liu, W., Stueckler, J., Behnke, S.

In RobuCup, 6556, pages: 397-408, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Improving indoor navigation of autonomous robots by an explicit representation of doors

Nieuwenhuisen, M., Stueckler, J., Behnke, S.

In Proc. of the IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pages: 4895-4901, May 2010 (inproceedings)

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3D Knowledge-Based Segmentation Using Pose-Invariant Higher-Order Graphs

Wang, C., Teboul, O., Michel, F., Essafi, S., Paragios, N.

In International Conference, Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), 2010 (inproceedings)

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Hydrogen spillover measurements of unbridged and bridged metal-organic frameworks - revisited

Campesi, R., Cuevas, F., Latroche, M., Hirscher, M.

{Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics}, 12, pages: 10457-10459, 2010 (article)

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Relating Gilbert damping and ultrafast laser-induced demagnetization

Fähnle, M., Seib, J., Illg, C.

{Physical Review B}, 82, 2010 (article)

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