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

Kalakrishnan, Mrinal, Buchli, Jonas, Pastor, Peter, Mistry, Michael, Schaal, S.

International Journal of Robotics Research, 30(2):236-258, February 2011 (article)

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Collective dynamics of colloids at fluid interfaces

Bleibel, J., Dominguez, A., Oettel, M., Dietrich, S.

European Physical Journal E, 34(11), 2011 (article)

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Anomalous transport of a tracer on percolating clusters

Spanner, M., Höfling, F., Schröder-Turk, G. E., Mecke, K., Franosch, T.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 23(23), 2011 (article)

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Dynamics of colloids in confined geometries

Almenar, L., Rauscher, M.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 23(18), 2011 (article)

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The structure and melting transition of two-dimensional colloidal alloys

Law, A. D., Horozov, T. S., Buzza, D. M. A.

Soft Matter, 7(19):8923-8931, 2011 (article)

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Second harmonic light scattering from spherical polyelectrolyte brushes

Schürer, B., Hoffmann, M., Wunderlich, S., Harnau, L., Peschel, U., Ballauff, M., Peukert, W.

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, pages: 18302-18309, 2011 (article)

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Solvation forces in Ising films with long-range boundary fields: density-matrix renormalization-group study

Drzewinski, A., Maciolek, A., Barasinski, A.

Molecular Physics, 109(7-10):1133-1141, 2011 (article)

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Pulling and pushing a cargo with a catalytically active carrier

Popescu, M. N., Tasinkevych, M., Dietrich, S.

Europhysics Letters, 95(2), 2011 (article)

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Critical Casimir forces for Ising films with variable boundary fields

Vasilyev, O., Maciolek, A., Dietrich, S.

Physical Review E, 84(4), 2011 (article)

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Study of \pi\pi correlations at LHC and RHIC energies in pp collisions within the quark-gluon string model

Nilsson, M. S., Bravina, L. V., Zabrodin, E. E., Malinina, L. V., Bleibel, J.

Physical Review D, 84(5), 2011 (article)

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Micro-rheology on (polymer-grafted) colloids using optical tweezers

Gutsche, C., Elmahdy, M. M., Kegler, K., Semenov, I., Stangner, T., Otto, O., Ueberschär, O., Keyser, U. F., Krüger, M., Rauscher, M., Weeber, R., Harting, J., Kim, Y. W., Lobaskin, V., Netz, R., Kremer, F.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 23(18), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2011 (article)

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Debye-Scherrer rings from block copolymer films with powder-like order

Busch, P., Rauscher, M., Moulin, J.-F., Müller-Buschbaum, P.

Journal of Applied Crystallography, 44(2):370-379, 2011 (article)

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Effective interactions and equilibrium configurations of colloidal particles on a sessile droplet

Guzowski, J., Tasinkevych, M., Dietrich, S.

Soft Matter, 7(9):4189-4197, 2011 (article)

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Capillary interactions in Pickering emulsions

Guzowski, J., Tasinkevych, M., Dietrich, S.

Physical Review E, 84(3), 2011 (article)

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Critical Casimir forces steered by patterned substrates

Gambassi, A., Dietrich, S.

Soft Matter, 7(4):1247-1253, 2011 (article)

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Interaction strength between proteins and polyelectrolyte brushes: A small angle X-ray scattering study

Henzler, K., Haupt, B., Rosenfeldt, S., Harnau, L., Narayanan, T., Ballauff, M.

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13, pages: 17599-17605, 2011 (article)

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Annealing of single lamella nanoparticles of polyethylene

Rochette, C. N., Rosenfeldt, S., Henzler, K., Polzer, F., Ballauff, M., Tong, Q., Mecking, S., Drechsler, M., Narayanan, T., Harnau, L.

Macromolecules, 44(12):4845-4851, 2011 (article)

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Bayesian robot system identification with input and output noise

Ting, J., D’Souza, A., Schaal, S.

Neural Networks, 24(1):99-108, 2011, clmc (article)

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For complex robots such as humanoids, model-based control is highly beneficial for accurate tracking while keeping negative feedback gains low for compliance. However, in such multi degree-of-freedom lightweight systems, conventional identification of rigid body dynamics models using CAD data and actuator models is inaccurate due to unknown nonlinear robot dynamic effects. An alternative method is data-driven parameter estimation, but significant noise in measured and inferred variables affects it adversely. Moreover, standard estimation procedures may give physically inconsistent results due to unmodeled nonlinearities or insufficiently rich data. This paper addresses these problems, proposing a Bayesian system identification technique for linear or piecewise linear systems. Inspired by Factor Analysis regression, we develop a computationally efficient variational Bayesian regression algorithm that is robust to ill-conditioned data, automatically detects relevant features, and identifies input and output noise. We evaluate our approach on rigid body parameter estimation for various robotic systems, achieving an error of up to three times lower than other state-of-the-art machine learning methods

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Trapping colloids near chemical stripes via critical Casimir forces

Tröndle, M., Zvyagolskaya, O., Gambassi, A., Vogt, D., Harnau, L., Bechinger, C., Dietrich, S.

Molecular Physics, 109, pages: 1169-1185, 2011 (article)

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Electrostatic interactions in critical solvents

Bier, M., Gambassi, A., Oettel, M., Dietrich, S.

Europhysics Letters, 95, 2011 (article)

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Structural investigation of thin diblock copolymer films using time-of-flight grazing-incidence small-angle neutron scattering

Metwalli, E., Moulin, J.-F., Rauscher, M., Kaune, G., Ruderer, M. A., Van Bürck, U., Haese-Seiller, M., Kampmann, R., Müller-Buschbaum, P.

Journal of Applied Crystallography, 44(1):84-92, 2011 (article)

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Complexation of beta-lactoglobulin fibrils and sulfated polysaccharides

Jones, O. G., Handschin, S., Adamcik, J., Harnau, L., Bolisetty, S., Mezzenga, R.

Biomacromolecules, 12, pages: 3056-3065, 2011 (article)

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Learning variable impedance control

Buchli, J., Stulp, F., Theodorou, E., Schaal, S.

International Journal of Robotics Research, 2011, clmc (article)

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One of the hallmarks of the performance, versatility, and robustness of biological motor control is the ability to adapt the impedance of the overall biomechanical system to different task requirements and stochastic disturbances. A transfer of this principle to robotics is desirable, for instance to enable robots to work robustly and safely in everyday human environments. It is, however, not trivial to derive variable impedance controllers for practical high degree-of-freedom (DOF) robotic tasks. In this contribution, we accomplish such variable impedance control with the reinforcement learning (RL) algorithm PISq ({f P}olicy {f I}mprovement with {f P}ath {f I}ntegrals). PISq is a model-free, sampling based learning method derived from first principles of stochastic optimal control. The PISq algorithm requires no tuning of algorithmic parameters besides the exploration noise. The designer can thus fully focus on cost function design to specify the task. From the viewpoint of robotics, a particular useful property of PISq is that it can scale to problems of many DOFs, so that reinforcement learning on real robotic systems becomes feasible. We sketch the PISq algorithm and its theoretical properties, and how it is applied to gain scheduling for variable impedance control. We evaluate our approach by presenting results on several simulated and real robots. We consider tasks involving accurate tracking through via-points, and manipulation tasks requiring physical contact with the environment. In these tasks, the optimal strategy requires both tuning of a reference trajectory emph{and} the impedance of the end-effector. The results show that we can use path integral based reinforcement learning not only for planning but also to derive variable gain feedback controllers in realistic scenarios. Thus, the power of variable impedance control is made available to a wide variety of robotic systems and practical applications.

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Magnetization of multicomponent ferrofluids

Szalai, I., Dietrich, S.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 23(32), 2011 (article)

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Space-resolved dynamics of a tracer in a disordered solid

Franosch, T., Spanner, M., Bauer, T., Schröder-Turk, G. E., Höfling, F.

Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 357(2):472-478, 2011 (article)

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Long-wavelength anomalies in the asymptotic behavior of mode-coupling theory

Schnyder, S. K., Höfling, F., Franosch, T., Voigtmann, T.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 23(23), 2011 (article)

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Understanding haptics by evolving mechatronic systems

Loeb, G. E., Tsianos, G.A., Fishel, J.A., Wettels, N., Schaal, S.

Progress in Brain Research, 192, pages: 129, 2011 (article)

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Intelligent Mobility—Autonomous Outdoor Robotics at the DFKI

Joyeux, S., Schwendner, J., Kirchner, F., Babu, A., Grimminger, F., Machowinski, J., Paranhos, P., Gaudig, C.

KI, 25(2):133-139, May 2011 (article)

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Forward models in visuomotor control

Mehta, B., Schaal, S.

J Neurophysiol, 88(2):942-53, August 2002, clmc (article)

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In recent years, an increasing number of research projects investigated whether the central nervous system employs internal models in motor control. While inverse models in the control loop can be identified more readily in both motor behavior and the firing of single neurons, providing direct evidence for the existence of forward models is more complicated. In this paper, we will discuss such an identification of forward models in the context of the visuomotor control of an unstable dynamic system, the balancing of a pole on a finger. Pole balancing imposes stringent constraints on the biological controller, as it needs to cope with the large delays of visual information processing while keeping the pole at an unstable equilibrium. We hypothesize various model-based and non-model-based control schemes of how visuomotor control can be accomplished in this task, including Smith Predictors, predictors with Kalman filters, tapped-delay line control, and delay-uncompensated control. Behavioral experiments with human participants allow exclusion of most of the hypothesized control schemes. In the end, our data support the existence of a forward model in the sensory preprocessing loop of control. As an important part of our research, we will provide a discussion of when and how forward models can be identified and also the possible pitfalls in the search for forward models in control.

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Kinetics of submonolayer epitaxial growth

Amar, J. G., Family, F., Popescu, M. N.

Computer Physics Communications, 146(1):1-8, 2002 (article)

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Fluids of platelike particles near a hard wall

Harnau, L., Dietrich, S.

Physical Review E, 65(2), 2002 (article)

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Fundamental measure theory for hard-sphere mixtures revisited: the White Bear version

Roth, R., Evans, R., Lang, A., Kahl, G.

Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 14(46):12063-12078, 2002 (article)

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Microscopic theory of solvent-mediated long-range forces: Influence of wetting

Archer, A. J., Evans, R., Roth, R.

Europhysics Letters, 59(4):526-532, 2002 (article)

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Colloid aggregation induced by oppositely charged polyions

Harnau, L., Hansen, J. P.

Journal of Chemical Physics, 116(20):9051-9057, 2002 (article)

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Self-consistent rate equation theory of cluster size distribution in aggregation phenomena

Family, F., Popescu, M. N., Amar, J. G.

Physica A, 306(1-4):129-139, 2002 (article)

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Wetting and capillary nematization of binary hard-platelet and hard-rod fluids

Harnau, L., Dietrich, S.

Physical Review E, 66(5), 2002 (article)

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Simulating stochastic geometries: morphology of overlapping grains

Brodatzki, U., Mecke, K.

Computer Physics Communications, 147(1-2):218-221, 2002 (article)

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Thermodynamics and phase behavior of the lamellar Zwanzig model

Harnau, L., Rowan, D., Hansen, J. P.

Journal of Chemical Physics, 117(24):11359-11365, 2002 (article)

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Cluster-Computing and Computational Science mit der Wuppertaler Alpha-Linux-Cluster-Engine ALiCE

Arndt, H., Arnold, G., Eicker, N., Fliegner, D., Frommer, A., Hentschke, R., Isalia, F., Kabrede, H., Krech, M., Lippert, T. H., Neff, H., Orth, B., Schilling, K., Schroers, W., Tichy, W.

Praxis der Informationsverarbeitung und Kommunikation, 25(1):21-38, 2002 (article)

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Crossover between strong- and weak-field critical adsorption and the determination of the universal exponent η⊥

Nickel, B., Schlesener, F., Donner, W., Detlefs, C., Dosch, H.

Journal of Chemical Physics, 117(2):902-908, 2002 (article)

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A novel technique for measuring diffusivities of short-lived radioisotopes in solids

Voss, T., Strohm, A., Matics, S., Scharwaechter, P., Frank, W.

Zeitschrift f\"ur Metallkunde, 93(10):1077-1082, 2002 (article)

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The shape of parallel surface: porous media, fluctuating interfaces and complex fluids

Mecke, K. R.

Physica A-Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 314(1-4):655-662, 2002 (article)

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Strong dependence of percolation thresholds on polydispersity

Mecke, K. R., Seyfried, A.

Europhysics Letters, 58(1):28-34, 2002 (article)

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Self-diffusion of 31Si and 71Ge in relaxed Si0.20Ge0.80 layers

Laitinen, P., Strohm, A., Huikari, J., Nieminen, A., Voss, T., Grodon, C., Riihimäki, I., Kummer, M., Äystö, J., Dendooven, P., Räisänen, J., Frank, W.

Physical Review Letters, 89(8), 2002 (article)

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Self-diffusion of 71Ge and 31Si in Si-Ge alloys

Strohm, A., Voss, T., Frank, W., Laitinen, P., Räisänen, J.

Zeitschrift f\"ur Metallkunde, 93(7):737-744, 2002 (article)

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Reconstruction of complex materials by integral geometric measures

Mecke, K. R.

Journal of Materials Science \& Technology, 18(2):155-158, 2002 (article)

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Conformal map modeling of the pinning transition in Laplacian growth

Hentschel, H. G. E., Popescu, M. N., Family, F.

Physical Review E, 65(3), 2002 (article)

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