Prof. Dr. Maren Bennewitz

Principal Investigator

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Georges-Koehler-Allee 74, R. 011
79110 Freiburg

+49 (0)761 203-97950


About me

Maren Bennewitz is an assistant professor for Computer Science at the University of Freiburg Germany.
She got her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Freiburg in 2004. From 2004 to 2007, she
was a Postdoc in the humanoid robots laboratory at the University of Freiburg which she heads since 2008.

The focus of her research lies on robots acting in human environments. First, she investigates the interaction between robots and non-expert users and aims at designing intuitive programming interfaces. Second, she is especially interested in robot navigation in challenging environments. For example, her group develops techniques for humanoid robots navigating in multi-level and multi-room indoor environments that contain articulated and movable objects. This work is carried out within Project A8-[HumanoidSpace] and the projects First-MM and ROVINA funded by the EU.

As part of the research training group on Embedded Microsystems funded by the German Research Foundation, she aims at developing effective methods for systems with limited hardware resources. Her group contributes robust techniques for the interpretation of sensor data and for navigation control of robots with only noisy sensor and actuator devices.

Furthermore, her group carries out research within the cluster of excellence BrainLinks-BrainTools. Here, one focus lies on the autonomous execution of manipulation tasks for paralyzed patients based on brain-machine interfaces. Her group will also contribute to analyzing human motions for dynamic imitation of the recorded motions on humanoid robots and for neurological patients suffering from motion malfunctions.


Second place best video award at the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2012

Among the 10 best papers at the European Conference on Mobile Robots (ECMR), 2009

World champion RoboCup Humanoid League with Team NimbRo, 2005-2007

"Wolfgang-Gentner-Nachwuchsfoerderpreis" for one of the three best theses of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Freiburg, 2004

Among the 5 best papers at the European  Conference on Mobile Robots, 2003

Finalist best student paper award at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2002

Among the 10 best papers at the International Symposium on Intelligent Robotic Systems (SIRS), 2001

Second place award ``Nachwuchswettbewerb der 4. Dienstleistungstagung'' hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), 2001

Among the 10 best papers at the International Symposium on Intelligent Robotic Systems (SIRS), 2000


Maren Bennewitz and Olivier Stasse will be jointly organizing a workshop on Progress and Open Problems in Motion Planning and Navigation for Humanoids at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2013

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