Stefan Schiffer

I am a postdoctoral research associate at the Chair Individual and Technology
which is headed by Professor Dr. A. Rosenthal-von der Pütten.
iTec is part of the Department of Society, Technology, and Human Factors at
the Human Technology Center (HumTec)
at RWTH Aachen University.

Before, I was a postdoc researcher at the Knowledge-based Systems Group
which is headed by Professor G. Lakemeyer, PhD..
KBSG is part of the Department of Computer Science
at RWTH Aachen University.

I am also the research coordinator and a postdoctoral research associate with the
Mobile Autonomous Systems and Cognitive Robotics Institute (MASCOR)
headed by Professor Dr. A. Ferrein,
with Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
at FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
Stefan Schiffer




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Short Bio




My research interests include but are not limited to



Program Committee

I've been a Program Committee member of


In addition to the PC memberships above, I reviewed paper submissions for the following journals, conferences, symposia, and workshops:
(reverse chronological order)


I've been


Awards & Honors

I've received the following awards and honors


See also:

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Selected Talks

Stefan Schiffer Artificial Intelligence -- Opportunities and Risks.
Talk at the DAAD Stipendiatentreffen 2019 with the theme "Klüger als der Mensch? Auf dem Weg zur Künstlichen Intelligenz" (Smarter than humans? Towards Artificial Intelligence).
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, June 2019.
Program of the Meeting as PDF.

Stefan Schiffer Kinect in Domestic Service Robotics.
Talk at the REGINA Management Treffen 04/2012, Kinect - Die Maschine versteht dich!.
National Instruments, Aachen, Germany, April 2012.
Foto of me at the talk

Stefan Schiffer RoboCup: Robotic Soccer and Beyond.
Talk at the Fachschaftstagung Mathematik/Informatik 2011, Cusanuswerk.
Bildungsstaette Eichsfeld, Uder, Germany, June 2011.

Stefan Schiffer Towards Integrated Self-Maintenance for Domestic Service Robotics.
Talk at the DAIDO/RWTH Workshop on Metal Forming and Autonomous Systems,
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, October 2010.

Stefan Schiffer RoboCup@Home - A Domestic Service Robotics Initiative.
Talk at the Robots and Agents Research Lab, Open House Day 2009,
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, December 2009.

Stefan Schiffer Robust Service Robotics in RoboCup@Home - A Team's Perspective.
Talk at the EURON annual meeting 2009,
K.U.Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, April 2009.

Stefan Schiffer RoboCup@Home - Wettkampf der Service-Roboter.
Talk at Tagung "58/08: Der Mensch als Vorbild, Partner & Patient von Robotern - Bionik an der Schnittstelle Mensch-Maschine",
Ev. Akademie Loccum, October 2008.

Stefan Schiffer RoboCup@Home: A Service Robotics Competition.
Talk at the Symposium "Die Automatisierung von Dienstleistungen - eine technische und gesellschaftliche Herausforderung",
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, October 2007.

Stefan Schiffer Football is coming Home.
Talk at "Tag der Informatik",
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, December 2006.

Selected Exhibits and Demonstrations

MoBi - A Friendly MonsterBin to Help Primary School Children with Sorting Waste, 2021/2022
As part of the exhibition ''Lernen. Forschen. Machen. 150 Jahre RWTH Aachen'' we had our robot MoBi presented as an exhibit in the Centre Charlemagne. MoBi is a friendly monster that helps children with sorting their waste correctly. It asks a couple of questions about the item to be disposed and tries to jointly figure out which bin the item belongs to. Visitors could freely interact with MoBi to learn how we plan MoBi to work.
Centre Charlemagne, Aachen, Germany, 12/2021 -- 02/2022.

International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications, 2011
We, the AllemaniACs, demonstrated our robot Caesar at the International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications 2011 showing its capabilities to autonomously drive around the conference area, detect tables and object on them and to grasp and deliver specific objects selected by bystanders using (pointing) gestures. Caesar also presented its ability to detect and follow a Robotino robot from Festo that could be remote controlled by conference participants.
Tivoli Business Center, Aachen, Germany, 12/2011.

Schueler-Universitaet 2008, 2009, and 2010
By demonstrating our robot Caesar to some students participating the Schueler-Universitaet we explained some principal methods in autonomous mobile robotics.
KBSG, RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany, 09/2008, 09/2009, 09/2010.

Tag der Technik 2008
Our robot Caesar acted as an assistant to Helge Haas in the Manege der Innovationen at Tag der Technik.
Schloss Birlinghoven, St. Augustin, Germany, 06/2008.

Hannover Messe 2007 We demonstrated our robot Hannibal at the booth of North-Rhine-Westphalia at the Hannover Messe.
Hannover Fair, Hannover, Germany, 04/2007.

Informatikjahr 2006 - Wissenschaftssommer We demonstrated our robot Hannibal at the Wissenschaftssommer in Munich.
See event at AllemaniACs website
Zelt auf dem Marienhof, Muenchen, Germany, 09/2006.



I am the mentoring person and the study advisor for the Master Programme Computational Social Systems at RWTH Aachen University.

Formerly, I was the coordinator and study advisor for the Master Programme Software Systems Engineering at RWTH Aachen University.
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My Erdös Number

My Erdös Number is five (5).
Here's the link-chain:
I coauthored with Gerhard Lakemeyer
  coauthored with Joseph Y. Halpern
  coauthored with Ashok K. Chandra
  coauthored with Shmuel Zaks
  coauthored with Paul Erdös1

You might be interested in a XKCD comic on this.

Countries I've visited

visited 24 states (10.6%)
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The easiest way to reach me is via eMail.
Depending on which persona you are trying to contact you may use one of the following addresses:
schiffercsrwth-aachende .
sschifferfh-aachende .
stefanschifferhumtecrwth-aachende .
You are strongly invited to use encrypted communication, just use my GPG key.

You can visit me in my office, too, but you need to schedule an appointment first!

Address at iTec (RWTH) Address at MASCOR (FHAC)
Chair Individual and Technology Mobile Autonomous Systems and Cognitive Robotics Institute (MASCOR)
RWTH Aachen University FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
Theaterplatz 14 Eupener Str. 70
52062 Aachen 52066 Aachen
Germany Germany

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Stefan Schiffer