Eugen Ruff


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Eugen Ruff

Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant  Unit: Alumni Bülthoff

I am a Research Scientist employed by the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Within the Autonomous Robotics and Human-Machine Systems group lead by Dr.Paolo Stegano I am working with Dr. Aamir Ahmad on the TRaVERSE project.

Our current research is focused on:

Robotic Vision Since object recogintion, robot self-localization and mapping using robotic vision only are very prevalent fields of research we find it to be worthwhile to investigate these topics further.
Sensor Fusion By combining the information provided by multiple sources we strive to improve existing methods, which aim to achive a similar goal.
Multi-Robot Cooperation When employing multiple robots towards one task it follows that they share information to improve performance.
Our main research goal is to combine the two topics above within this shared environment.

Master Thesis at the MPI:


"A Virtual Reality Setup for Tele-Operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"


The target of the thesis was to use a Virtual Reality (VR) to present the environment the
robots are operating in to the operator in a way to enable the operator to make informed decisions
towards the desired goal.
This was achieved using octomap for mapping, ompl for path planning,
TeleKyb for robot control and blender's game engine to provide the VR.
Note that all these components are open-source.
Only the HMD, namely Oculus Rift SDK1, is a proprietary system which was connected with openHMD.

The whole system provides a novel approach to teleoperation. Using a VR, the operator gains
vital insight into the world without endangering itself.




Previous Projects & my contribution:


DLR Spacebotcup 2015

Position estimation for UAVs using RGB-D cameras and AR-marker

SICK robot day 2014

Obstacle avoidance using multiple laser scanners

to work in collaboration with path planning.

SICK robot day 2012

Motion planning using a laser scanner based potential field method.



10/2009 - 06/2013

Bachelor of Science Bioinformatics, Universität Tübingen

Thesis Title: "Trajektorienplanung für dynamische Ziele"

06/2013 - 03/2016

Master of Computer Science, Universität Tübingen & MPI

Thesis title: "A Virtual Reality Setup for Tele-Operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"

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Conference papers (2):

Ahmad A, Ruff E and Bülthoff HH (July-2016) Dynamic baseline stereo vision-based cooperative target tracking, 19th International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION 2016), IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA, 1728-1734.
Buck S, Hanten R, Huskić G, Rauscher G, Kloss A, Leininger J, Ruff E, Widmaier F and Zell A (July-2015) Conclusions from an object-delivery robotic competition: SICK robot day 2014, 17th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2015), IEEE, Berlin, Germany, 1-7.

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