Contact

Dipl.-Inf. Maria Lächele

Address: Spemannstr. 41
72076 Tübingen
Room number: 2.B.03
Phone: +49 7071 601 640
Fax: +49 7071 601 616
E-Mail: maria.laechele

 

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Maria Lächele

Position: Research Technician  Unit: Bülthoff

Motion Perception and Simulation

I am Technical Manager for the motion simulator facilities and a member of the Motion Perception and Simulation research group within the Human Perception, Cognition and Action Department of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

 

My research interests are the development of state-of-the-art control algorithms for our motion simulators and for self motion perception research.

 

My tasks are among other things the support service and further development of the MPI CyberMotion Simulator (CMS) and the brand-new CableRobotSimulator (CRS) in terms of software, as well as supplying software tools to facilitate research on them. As a member of the Motion Perception and Simulation research group as well as the technical team around our simulation tools I am the link between the simulator facilities and the scientists.

WABS - Perception-based motion simulation

Within the WABS project („Wahrnehmungsbasierte Bewegungssimulation“) we developed a novel approach to motion cueing. This approach is based on the idea that motion cueing can be improved by including insights from human self-motion perception research in the motion cueing algorithms. This “perception-based motion cueing” (PBMC) approach increases the realism and quality of motion simulations by exploiting the limitations and ambiguities of the human perceptual system. 

Within the WABS project, I contributed mainly to the development of realtime H-I-L algorithms for our motion simulator (CMS) and the maintenance of our software and hardware components.

More about WABS

 

Diplomathesis "Development of a robot experimenter for haptic experiments"

In my diplomathesis I worked on the topic "Development of a robot experimenter for haptic experiments".

I programmed a little robot, a KUKA KR-3 antropomorphic arm, to pick haptic stimuli from a compartment and present them to participants.

 

Research Assistant

As a Research Assistant I worked on various tasks at the Cybermotion Simulator.

Professional Experience

Since 2011 Research Technician and Technical Manager of the simulator facilities at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Tübingen, Germany
03/2010 - 10/2011 Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Tübingen, Germany

 

Education

10/2004 - 10/2011 Diploma (equivalent of M.Sc.) in Computer Science at the University of Tuebingen
Diploma thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Title: Development of a robot experimenter for haptic experiments
2004 Abitur Ludwig-Uhland-Gymnasium, Tübingen, Germany

 

Further Education / Workshops

05/2014 "AHS International's 70th Annual Forum" (1 day)
01/2013 "Flight and Ground Vehicle Simulation Update 2013"
(3.5 CEU)
10/2010 "3rd Human Friendly Robotics Workshop"
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Tübingen, Germany

 

Talks

06/2013 "The MPI CyberMotion Simulator in driving simulation" at the "Vehicle Dynamics Expo 2013, International trade show and conference for vehicle dynamics and components"

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Conference papers (2):

Miermeister P, Lächele M, Boss R, Masone C, Schenk C, Tesch J, Kerger M, Teufel H, Pott A and Bülthoff HH (October-2016) The CableRobot Simulator: Large Scale Motion Platform Based on Cable Robot Technology, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016), IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA, 3024-3029.
Venrooij J, Pretto P, Katliar M, Nooij SAE, Nesti A, Lächele M, de Winkel KN, Cleij D and Bülthoff HH (September-2015) Perception-based motion cueing: validation in driving simulation, DSC 2015 Europe: Driving Simulation Conference & Exhibition, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany, 153-161.
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