Automation and Control Institute (Vision 4 Robotics )

We make robots see.

That is, we devise machine vision methods to perceive structures and objects such that robots act in and learn from every day situations. This paves the way to automated manufacturing and robots performing household tasks. Solutions develop the situated approach to integrate task, robot and perception knowledge. Core expertise is safe navigation, 2D and 3D attention, object modelling, object class detection, affordance-based grasping, and manipulation of objects in relation to object functions.



Markus founded the V4R group in 1996 with the intention to make robots see. We are still working to improve robot perception.
Markus received his diploma in mechanical engineering from Technical University Wien (TUW) in 1988 and a M.Sc. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, 1990. He finished his PhD at TUW in 1993. With a grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences he worked at HelpMate Robotics Inc. and at the Vision Laboratory of Gregory Hager at Yale University. In 2004, he obtained his habilitation in robotics.

Presently he leads the "Vision for Robotics" laboratory at TUW with the vision to make robots see. V4R regularly coordinates EU (e.g., ActIPret, robots@home, HOBBIT, Squirrel) and national research projects (e.g, vision@home) and contributes to research (e.g., CogX, STRANDS, ALOOF) and innovation proejcts (e.g., Redux, FloBot). With Gregory Hager he edited a book on Robust Vision for IEEE and is (co-)author of 42 peer reviewed journal articles and over 300 reviewed other publications. He was the program chair of ICRA 2013 in Karlsruhe and will organise HRI 2017 in Vienna together with Astrid Weiss and Manfred Tscheligi. Markus’ special interests are cognitive computer vision techniques for robotics solutions situated in real-world environments and especially homes. 


Astrid Weiss is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). For her research on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) she has been awarded a Hertha Firnberg grant from the FWF  Science Fund, a postdoc programme aimed at promoting the university career of young female research scientists. Astrid completed a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at University of Salzburg (2010) and I holds a Master degree in Sociology from University of Salzburg (2005). She studies how people interact with new technologies, what makes them accept or reject it, and how their experiences influence the way how they interact in the world. She specifically bases her research on theories on human behaviour and empirical studies of human-human interaction.

Prior to her postdoc at the Vienna University of Technology, she was a senior researcher and interdisciplinary team leader for a research group on “Adaptive Systems” at the ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg (led by Prof. Manfred Tscheligi). From September 2011 until January 2012 she was on a short-term sabbatical to work with Prof. Vanessa Evers at the University of Twente, NL.