Computer science graduate honoured for robotics doctoral thesis

Dr. Michael Lutter receives the prestigious 2022 Georges Giralt Ph.D. Award


Computer science graduate Dr. Michael Lutter received the Georges Giralt Ph.D. Award for his doctoral thesis “Inductive Biases in Machine Learning for Robotics and Control”. (opens in new tab) The prize for the best European doctoral thesis in robotics is awarded by the Brussels-based international non-profit association EU Robotics.

In his work, Lutter shows that the approaches of classical robotics and the method of black-box deep networks are not mutually exclusive. Findings from classical robotics can be transferred to black-box deep networks to obtain better learning algorithms for robotics and control. He did his doctorate at the Autonomous Intelligent Systems research group led by Prof. Jan Peters and is currently working at Boston Dynamics in the USA.

The “Georges Giralt Ph.D. Award” honours doctoral theses defended at European universities in all areas of robotics. Outstanding dissertations with strong theoretical contributions, a focus on professional applications or technology transfer, with a high degree of multidisciplinarity or that show how robotics technologies can be applied to new fields are awarded.

The prize consists of a plaque and the publication of the dissertation by Springer in the STAR series. It was presented to the winners at the European Robotics Forum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from 28 to 30 June 2022.