Core Team

AutoNOMOS is a modular system for the operation of autonomous or semi-autonomous cars. Using AutoNOMOS, it will be possible to detect impending dangers on roads, highways, and crossings (lane change, traffic jams, rights of way) at an early stage and accidents can be prevented. Once the technology is ready, it will be introduced at first on private property and, finally, in public traffic. The project will make a significant contribution to the development of accident-free, efficient, and environmentally friendly mobility.



Prof. Dr. Raúl Rojas - Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Raúl Rojas

Prof. Dr. Raúl Rojas is professor of artificial intelligence at the Institute of Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin and a renowned specialist in artificial neural networks. He attended university at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, where he majored in mathematics and physics. He moved to Germany in 1982 as a doctoral student in economics. In 1994 he became a professor at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and later moved to the Freie Universität Berlin. The FU-Fighters, football-playing robots he helped build, were world champions in 2004 and 2005. He and his team were awarded the Wolfgang von Kempelen Prize for his work on Konrad Zuse and the history of computers.

Since 2006 Prof. Rojas has been designing technologies related to autonomous vehicles. As part of this project, he led a team to develop the research vehicle 'Spirit of Berlin', making it to the semifinals in the DARPA Urban Challenge in California in 2007. Since November 2009 he has been working on the further development of autonomous or semi-autonomous cars as the supervisor of the AutoNOMOS project.

In his free time, Prof. Rojas enjoys economics, reading the newspaper, and sky diving.



Tinosch Ganjineh - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Tinosch GanjinehTinosch is the head of the AutoNOMOS project and has been a member of the artificial intelligence workgroup since 2006. In the course of his computer science studies at the Freie Universität Berlin he dedicated his time and energy to the research on autonomous vehicles. Since finishing his master thesis on the same subject, he has joined the workgroup as a lecturer and research associate to obtain his PhD at Berlin's elite university.

As project leader, Tinosch faces two tasks: Tirelessly keeping up the team's morale while balancing this effort with obtaining his PhD. His research interest encompasses cognitive navigation, path planning algorithms and artificial intelligence in general.

During his free time Tinosch enjoys driving cars himself for a change and is also a gifted poker player which as a sportsman is up to meet any challenge.



Fabian Wiesel - Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

Fabian WieselFabian studied physics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin before switching to computer science at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he received his diploma in 2006. From 2001 to 2006, he was member of the 'FU Fighters', the former humanoid robot soccer team of the FU Berlin, working on both the small-size and the middle-size team. During that time, he was responsible for programming the micro-controller of the robots, took part in writing the control-software and the redesigning of the software architecture.

Since 2006, he is research assistant and works on the autonomous car project. As the chief technical officer in the AutoNOMOS project, he is responsible for general technical overview and troubleshooting.

His interests include embedded programming, robot control software, lidar-scanner and sensor fusion.



Patrick Vogel - Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Patrick Vogel

Patrick coordinates all commercial aspects of the project. During his studies of business administration at the technical universities of Freiberg and Dresden he majored in entrepreneurship and innovation management as well as in IT for business processes and business communication.

He ensures, that the scientists of the group adjust their goals to “real-life” requirements and do not lose their market orientation. Doing so, he serves as a sparring partner for business ideas and is responsible for the controlling of the project budget.

In his free time he likes to explore new sights of Berlin, meets with friends or works on his golf game - not seldom all at the same time.

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