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Dr Jan Paul

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Dr. rer. nat. Jan Paul studied Computer Science and Physics at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, where he graduated in 2000. He received his PhD in 2008 with a thesis on “MaxControl : ein objektorientiertes Werkzeug zur automatischen Erstellung von 3D-Computeranimationsfilmen und dessen Integration in eine professionelle 3D-Animationssoftware” where a simulation framework was developed for 3D computer animations. Since he joined the DFKI-RIC in 2009, Dr. Paul was the leader of the simulation project “Virtual Crater” and of the hardware in the loop simulation project “INVERITAS”, which was a joint project including the additional partners EADS-ASTRIUM and Jena-Optronik. The main goal of INVERITAS was the prototypic realization of a broad-spectrum rendezvous and capture (RvC) system for satellite servicing. The primary task of the DFKI RIC was the development of a long-distance movement simulation system in hard- and software, and the development of alternative grasping strategies. Dr. Paul’s research interests are in the area of the simulation of physical and behavioral properties of robotic systems and their environments.


Overview of DFKI-RIC research topics, focused on space robotics
The lecture will focus on the INVERITAS hardware in the loop simulation system for rendezvous and capture simulations between two satellites, as it was developed in the project of the same name. The INVERITAS project was a joint project between Astrium, Jena-Optronik an DFKI, where each partner had their specific tasks, and the lecture will focus on the DFKI part. The lecture will begin with an overview over the system’s hardware setup, then it will give some insight into the control of the system and how the system was optimized. Measuring the precision of the system and optimizing it is a very important topic. The lecture will close with how we used simulations to evolve new capturing systems and show our contributions to the processing of optical sensor data.

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