AutoNOMOS 3D-Lab Team


The 3D-Lab concerns the spatial capturing of the car's direct environment. Therefore, we use LIDAR- and RADAR-technologies (considering signal delay) for distance- or speed-measurement. We also use laser scanning, where a laser beam is omnidirectionally distributed by a rotating mirror. Thus rather than selective capture a complete solid map can be created - it's like a virtual tactile sense.



Till Zoppke - TeamLead

Till ZoppkeTill learned computer science and literature at the University of Trier and the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2005, he graduated with a diploma thesis about the ENIAC. Subsequently he worked for the automotive industry in the area of navigation- and infotainment-systems, located in Munich and Changchun (China). In 2009 he returned to the FU Berlin to work as a research assistant.

Till coordinates the work in the 3D Lab. His expertise is the integration and evaluation of the RARAR sensors. Besides that, he develops business ideas for a potential spin-off.

Additional professional interests are traffic systems and simulations, SFX projects in the movie industry and the history of computing. He also practices Korean zen.



Sebastian Hempel - Research Assistant

Sebastian  Hempel

Sebastian began his studies at Wedel in 2004 and graduated with a Bachelor in computer science in 2007. The same year he came to the Freie Universität Berlin and finished there with a master's degree in 2009. Since November 2009 he works as a research assistant in the AutoNOMOS project.

His task within the team is developing algorithms for LIDAR data processing, primary for the Velodyne HDL-64E2. The main topics are automatic calibration of LIDAR sensors for determining the sensor's parameters and orientation, obstacle detection for collision avoidance and self-localisation in 3D space.

Besides his activities in context of the project, among other things, Sebastian is interested in the programming language Python and running.



David Latotzky - Research Assistant

David Latotzky

David studied computer science since 2002 at the Freie Universität Berlin with political science as minor subject. He is a member of the team since 2007 and participated in the DARPA Urban Grand Challenge. In 2009 he graduated and is now a PhD student.

The processing of data from different LIDAR sensors is his main task in the 3D Lab. His major interest lies in the analysis of driving surfaces,  extracting visual and spacial information about the surface where the cars are driving on. He also likes to experiment with alternative methods for driving vehicles.

Besides his work, he is programming web-applications and computer games. He is a passionate computer gamer himself and also likes to go snowboarding.



Michael Schnürmacher - Research Assistant

Michael Schürmacher

Michael studied computer science with mathematics as a minor subject at the Freie Universität Berlin. He finished in 2009 and since then works as a PhD student in the AutoNOMOS project.

His main function is to process data from 3d-sensors based on LIDAR-, radar- and infrared technology. One of the many challenges of this project is the fusion of different types of sensor data and environmental information. It is this domain where he has his main interest.

He is an impassionate tennis player but also likes finding his limits in other sports. He spends a lot of his leisure time reading books, listening to music and watching films.



Gregor Gebhardt - Student Assistant

Gregor GebhardtGregor has been studying computer science at the Freie Universität Berlin since 2008. His main focus is set on artificial intelligence. In February 2010 he became involved in the AutoNOMOS project as a student assistant.

He is primarily concerned with the radar systems and the storage of the log data recorded during the test runs.

In his spare time Gregor does amateur photography or plays soccer.

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