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2013


Quasi-Newton Methods: A New Direction
Quasi-Newton Methods: A New Direction

Hennig, P., Kiefel, M.

Journal of Machine Learning Research, 14(1):843-865, March 2013 (article)

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Four decades after their invention, quasi-Newton methods are still state of the art in unconstrained numerical optimization. Although not usually interpreted thus, these are learning algorithms that fit a local quadratic approximation to the objective function. We show that many, including the most popular, quasi-Newton methods can be interpreted as approximations of Bayesian linear regression under varying prior assumptions. This new notion elucidates some shortcomings of classical algorithms, and lights the way to a novel nonparametric quasi-Newton method, which is able to make more efficient use of available information at computational cost similar to its predecessors.

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Analytical probabilistic modeling for radiation therapy treatment planning

Bangert, M., Hennig, P., Oelfke, U.

Physics in Medicine and Biology, 58(16):5401-5419, 2013 (article)

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Towards Dynamic Trot Gait Locomotion: Design, Control, and Experiments with Cheetah-cub, a Compliant Quadruped Robot
Towards Dynamic Trot Gait Locomotion: Design, Control, and Experiments with Cheetah-cub, a Compliant Quadruped Robot

Spröwitz, A., Tuleu, A., Vespignani, M., Ajallooeian, M., Badri, E., Ijspeert, A. J.

{The International Journal of Robotics Research}, 32(8):932-950, Sage Publications, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 2013 (article)

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We present the design of a novel compliant quadruped robot, called Cheetah-cub, and a series of locomotion experiments with fast trotting gaits. The robot’s leg configuration is based on a spring-loaded, pantograph mechanism with multiple segments. A dedicated open-loop locomotion controller was derived and implemented. Experiments were run in simulation and in hardware on flat terrain and with a step down, demonstrating the robot’s self-stabilizing properties. The robot reached a running trot with short flight phases with a maximum Froude number of FR = 1.30, or 6.9 body lengths per second. Morphological parameters such as the leg design also played a role. By adding distal in-series elasticity, self- stability and maximum robot speed improved. Our robot has several advantages, especially when compared with larger and stiffer quadruped robot designs. (1) It is, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, the fastest of all quadruped robots below 30 kg (in terms of Froude number and body lengths per second). (2) It shows self-stabilizing behavior over a large range of speeds with open-loop control. (3) It is lightweight, compact, and electrically powered. (4) It is cheap, easy to reproduce, robust, and safe to handle. This makes it an excellent tool for research of multi-segment legs in quadruped robots.

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Magnetoelastic coupling in epitaxial cobalt ferrite/barium titanate heterostructures

Gräfe, J., Welke, M., Bern, F., Ziese, M., Denecke, R.

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 339, pages: 84-88, 2013 (article)

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Quantum cryo-sieving for hydrogen isotope separation in microporous frameworks: an experimental study on the correlation between effective quantum sieving and pore size

Oh, H., Park, K. S., Kalidindi, S. B., Fischer, R. A., Hirscher, M.

{Journal of Materials Chemistry A}, 1, pages: 3244-3248, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2013 (article)

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Horse-Like Walking, Trotting, and Galloping derived from Kinematic Motion Primitives (kMPs) and their Application to Walk/Trot Transitions in a Compliant Quadruped Robot
Horse-Like Walking, Trotting, and Galloping derived from Kinematic Motion Primitives (kMPs) and their Application to Walk/Trot Transitions in a Compliant Quadruped Robot

Moro, F., Spröwitz, A., Tuleu, A., Vespignani, M., Tsagakiris, N. G., Ijspeert, A. J., Caldwell, D. G.

Biological Cybernetics, 107(3):309-320, 2013 (article)

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This manuscript proposes a method to directly transfer the features of horse walking, trotting, and galloping to a quadruped robot, with the aim of creating a much more natural (horse-like) locomotion profile. A principal component analysis on horse joint trajectories shows that walk, trot, and gallop can be described by a set of four kinematic Motion Primitives (kMPs). These kMPs are used to generate valid, stable gaits that are tested on a compliant quadruped robot. Tests on the effects of gait frequency scaling as follows: results indicate a speed optimal walking frequency around 3.4 Hz, and an optimal trotting frequency around 4 Hz. Following, a criterion to synthesize gait transitions is proposed, and the walk/trot transitions are successfully tested on the robot. The performance of the robot when the transitions are scaled in frequency is evaluated by means of roll and pitch angle phase plots.

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Two-dimensional magnetic micro-module reconfigurations based on inter-modular interactions

Miyashita, S., Diller, E., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 32(5):591-613, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2013 (article)

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Contact compliance effects in the frictional response of bioinspired fibrillar adhesives

Piccardo, M., Chateauminois, A., Fretigny, C., Pugno, N. M., Sitti, M.

Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 10(83):20130182, The Royal Society, 2013 (article)

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Co-chairs

VINCENT, Julian, ZHU, Di, DAI, Zhendong, CHEN, Da, JIANG, Lei, KANG, Le, REN, Luquan, XUE, Qunji, Zhao, Chunsheng, BARNES, Jon, others

2013 (article)

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Gold nanocrystals in high-temperature superconducting films: creation of pinning patterns of choice

Katzer, C., Stahl, C., Michalowski, P., Treiber, S., Schmidl, F., Seidel, P., Albrecht, J., Schütz, G.

{New Journal of Physics}, 15(11), Institute of Physics Pub., Bristol, UK, 2013 (article)

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Theory of scattering of crystal electrons at magnons

Haag, Michael, Illg, C., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, Published by the American Physical Society through the American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, NYAmerican Institute of Physics, Woodbury, NY, 2013 (article)

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The effect of magnetocrystalline anisotropy on the domain structure of patterned Fe2CrSi Heusler alloy thin films

Miyawaki, T., Foerster, M., Finizio, S., Vaz, C. A. F., Mawass, M.-A., Inagaki, K., Fukatani, N., Le Guyader, L., Nolting, F., Ueda, K., Asano, H., Kläui, M.

{Journal of Applied Physcis}, 114(7), American Institute of Physics, New York, NY, 2013 (article)

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Ion beam lithography for Fresnel zone plates in X-ray microscopy

Keskinbora, K., Grévent, C., Bechtel, M., Weigand, M., Goering, E., Nadzeyka, A., Lloyd, P., Rehbein, S., Schneider, G., Follath, R., Vila-Comamala, J., Yan, H., Schütz, G.

{Optics Express}, 21(10):11747-11756, Optical Society of America, Washington, DC, 2013 (article)

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Is the angular momentum of a ferromagnetic sample after exposure to a fs laser pulse conserved?

Fähnle, M., Haag, M., Illg, C.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 347, pages: 45-46, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 2013 (article)

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Grain boundaries as the controlling factor for the ferromagnetic behaviour of Co-doped ZnO

Straumal, B. B., Mazilkin, A. A., Protasova, S. G., Straumal, P. B., Myatiev, A. A., Schütz, G., Goering, E. J., Tietze, T., Baretzky, B.

{Philosophical Magazine}, 93(10-12):1371-1383, 2013 (article)

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Magnetic properties of electrochemically prepared crystalline films of Prussian blue-based molecular magnets Kj CrIIk [CrIII(CN)6] l \mbox⋅ mH2O

Bhatt, P., Yusuf, S. M., Bhatt, R., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry}, 17, pages: 1285-1293, Springer-Verlag Germany, 2013 (article)

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H2/D2 adsorption and desorption studies on carbon molecular sieves with different pore structures

Krkljus, I., Steriotis, T., Charalambopoulou, G., Gotzias, A., Hirscher, M.

{Carbon}, 57, pages: 239-247, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam [u.a.], 2013 (article)

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X-ray magnetic circular dichroism strongly influenced by non-magnetic cover layers

Zafar, K., Audehm, P., Schütz, G., Goering, E., Pathak, M., Chetry, K. B., LeClair, P. R., Gupta, A.

{Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena}, 191, pages: 1-6, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2013 (article)

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Topological Control of Cell Sheet Migration by the 3D Microenvironment

Song, J., Kim, Y. T., Hazar, M., LeDuc, P. R., Davidson, L. A., Sitti, M.

Biophysical Journal, 104(2):147a, Elsevier, 2013 (article)

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Independent control of multiple magnetic microrobots in three dimensions

Diller, E., Giltinan, J., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 32(5):614-631, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2013 (article)

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Modular micro-robotic assembly through magnetic actuation and thermal bonding

Diller, E., Zhang, N., Sitti, M.

Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics, 8(3-4):121-131, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013 (article)

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Information Driven Self-Organization of Complex Robotic Behaviors

Martius, G., Der, R., Ay, N.

PLoS ONE, 8(5):e63400, Public Library of Science, 2013 (article)

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Exchange bias in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 / SrMnO3 / La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 trilayers

Jungbauer, M., Hühn, S., Michelmann, M., Goering, E., Moshnyaga, V.

{Journal of Applied Physcis}, 113(17), American Institute of Physics, New York, NY, 2013 (article)

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General decoupling procedure for expectation values of four-operator products in electron-phonon quantum kinetics

Teeny, N., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical}, 46(38), IOP Pub., London, 2013 (article)

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SPD-induced changes of structure and magnetic properties in the Cu-Co alloys

Straumal, B. B., Protasova, S. G., Mazilkin, A. A., Kogtenkova, O. A., Kurmanaeva, L., Baretzky, B., Schütz, G., Korneva, A., Zieba, P.

{Materials Letters}, 98, pages: 217-221, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2013 (article)

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Ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO nanograined films

Straumal, B. B., Protasova, S. G., Mazilkin, A. A., Tietze, T., Goering, E., Schütz, G., Straumal, P. B., Baretzky, B.

{Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology}, 4, pages: 361-369, 2013 (article)

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The effect of magnetic anisotropy on the spin configurations of patterned La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 elements

Wohlhüter, P., Rhensius, J., Vaz, C. A. F., Heidler, J., Körner, H. S., Bisig, A., Foerster, M., Méchin, L., Gaucher, F., Locatelli, A., Niño, M. A., El Moussaoui, S., Nolting, F., Goering, E., Heyderman, L. J., Kläui, M.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 25, IOP Pub., Bristol, UK, 2013 (article)

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The avalanche process in gold covered MgB2 films

Stahl, C., Treiber, S., Schütz, G., Albrecht, J.

{Superconductor Science and Technology}, 26, IOP Pub., Bristol, 2013 (article)

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MFU-4 - A metal-organic framework for highly effective H2/D2 separation

Teufel, J., Oh, H., Hirscher, M., Wahiduzzaman, M., Zhechkov, L., Kuc, A., Heine, T., Denysenko, D., Volkmer, D.

{Advanced Materials}, 25(4):635-639, Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, 2013 (article)

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Delayed magnetic vortex core reversal

Kammerer, M., Sproll, M., Stoll, H., Noske, M., Weigand, M., Illg, C., Fähnle, M., Schütz, G.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 102, American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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A simulation and design tool for a passive rotation flapping wing mechanism

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

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 18(2):787-798, 2013 (article)

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GECKO-INSPIRED POLYMER ADHESIVES

Menguc, Yigit, Metin, Metin

Polymer Adhesion, Friction, and Lubrication, pages: 351, Wiley, 2013 (article)

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Near and far-wall effects on the three-dimensional motion of bacteria-driven microbeads

Edwards, M. R., Wright Carlsen, R., Sitti, M.

Applied Physics Letters, 102(14):143701, AIP, 2013 (article)

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Magnetically Actuated Soft Capsule With the Multimodal Drug Release Function

Yim, S., Goyal, K., Sitti, M.

IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, 18(4):1413-1418, IEEE, 2013 (article)

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An opto-thermocapillary cell micromanipulator

Hu, W., Fan, Q., Ohta, A. T.

Lab on a Chip, 13(12):2285-2291, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013 (article)

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Modelling trial-by-trial changes in the mismatch negativity

Lieder, F., Daunizeau, J., Garrido, M. I., Friston, K. J., Stephan, K. E.

{PLoS} {C}omputational {B}iology, 9(2):e1002911, Public Library of Science, 2013 (article)

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A neurocomputational model of the mismatch negativity

Lieder, F., Stephan, K. E., Daunizeau, J., Garrido, M. I., Friston, K. J.

{PLoS Computational Biology}, 9(11):e1003288, Public Library of Science, 2013 (article)

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Self-organized state formation in magnonic vortex crystals

Adolff, C. F., Hänze, M., Vogel, A., Weigand, M., Martens, M., Meier, G.

{Physical Review B}, 88(22), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2013 (article)

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Erratum: Generalized Gilbert equation including inertial damping: Derivation from an extended breathing Fermi surface model [Phys. Rev. B 84, 172403 (2011)]

Fähnle, M., Steiauf, D., Illg, C.

{Physical Review B}, 88, American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2013 (article)

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Strain and composition dependence of orbital polarization in nickel oxide superlattices

Wu, M., Benckiser, E., Haverkort, M. W., Franco, A., Lu, J., Nwankwo, U., Brück, S., Audehm, P., Goering, E., Macke, S., Hinkov, V., Wochner, P., Christiani, G., Heinze, S., Logvenov, G., Habermeier, H., Keimer, B.

{Physical Review B}, 88, Published by the American Physical Society through the American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, NY, 2013 (article)

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Efficient focusing of 8 keV X-rays with multilayer Fresnel zone plates fabricated by atomic layer deposition and focused ion beam milling

Mayer, M., Keskinbora, K., Grévent, C., Szeghalmi, A., Knez, M., Weigand, M., Snigirev, A., Snigereva, I., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Synchrotron Radiation}, 20, pages: 433-440, Published for the International Union of Crystallography by Munksgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013 (article)

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Rapid prototyping of Fresnel zone plates via direct Ga+ ion beam lithography for high-resolution x-ray imaging

Keskinbora, K., Grévent, C., Eigenthaler, U., Weigand, M., Schütz, G.

{ACS Nano}, 7(11):9788-9797, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2013 (article)

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Eine kryoflexible kovalente organische Gerüststruktur für die effiziente Trennung von Wasserstoffisotopien durch Quantensieben

Oh, H., Kalidindi, S. B., Um, Y., Bureekaew, S., Schmid, R., Fischer, R. A., Hirscher, M.

{Angewandte Chemie}, 125(50):13461-13464, Wiley-VCH Verl., Weinheim, 2013 (article)

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Ultrafast demagnetization after laser irradiation in transition metals: Ab initio calculations of the spin-flip electron-phonon scattering with reduced exchange splitting

Illg, C., Haag, M., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 88, American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2013 (article)

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Phase diagram for magnetic vortex core switching studied by ferromagnetic absorption spectroscopy and time-resolved transmission x-ray microscopy

Martens, M., Kamionka, T., Weigand, M., Stoll, H., Tyliszczak, T., Meier, G.

{Physical Review B}, 87, Published by the American Physical Society through the American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, NY, 2013 (article)

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Optimal distribution of contact forces with inverse-dynamics control

Righetti, L., Buchli, J., Mistry, M., Kalakrishnan, M., Schaal, S.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 32(3):280-298, March 2013 (article)

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The development of legged robots for complex environments requires controllers that guarantee both high tracking performance and compliance with the environment. More specifically the control of the contact interaction with the environment is of crucial importance to ensure stable, robust and safe motions. In this contribution we develop an inverse-dynamics controller for floating-base robots under contact constraints that can minimize any combination of linear and quadratic costs in the contact constraints and the commands. Our main result is the exact analytical derivation of the controller. Such a result is particularly relevant for legged robots as it allows us to use torque redundancy to directly optimize contact interactions. For example, given a desired locomotion behavior, we can guarantee the minimization of contact forces to reduce slipping on difficult terrains while ensuring high tracking performance of the desired motion. The main advantages of the controller are its simplicity, computational efficiency and robustness to model inaccuracies. We present detailed experimental results on simulated humanoid and quadruped robots as well as a real quadruped robot. The experiments demonstrate that the controller can greatly improve the robustness of locomotion of the robots.1

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Tank-like module-based climbing robot using passive compliant joints

Seo, T., Sitti, M.

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 18(1):397-408, 2013 (article)

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Enhanced fabrication and characterization of gecko-inspired mushroom-tipped microfiber adhesives

Song, J., Mengüç, Y., Sitti, M.

Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 27(17):1921-1932, Routledge, 2013 (article)

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Linear combination of one-step predictive information with an external reward in an episodic policy gradient setting: a critical analysis

Zahedi, K., Martius, G., Ay, N.

Frontiers in Psychology, 4(801), 2013 (article)

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One of the main challenges in the field of embodied artificial intelligence is the open-ended autonomous learning of complex behaviours. Our approach is to use task-independent, information-driven intrinsic motivation(s) to support task-dependent learning. The work presented here is a preliminary step in which we investigate the predictive information (the mutual information of the past and future of the sensor stream) as an intrinsic drive, ideally supporting any kind of task acquisition. Previous experiments have shown that the predictive information (PI) is a good candidate to support autonomous, open-ended learning of complex behaviours, because a maximisation of the PI corresponds to an exploration of morphology- and environment-dependent behavioural regularities. The idea is that these regularities can then be exploited in order to solve any given task. Three different experiments are presented and their results lead to the conclusion that the linear combination of the one-step PI with an external reward function is not generally recommended in an episodic policy gradient setting. Only for hard tasks a great speed-up can be achieved at the cost of an asymptotic performance lost.

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