Florian T. PokornyAssistant Professor, School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
I am currently an Assistant Professor in Machine Learning at the Robotics, Perception and Learning Lab at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Previously I was a researcher at KTH and postdoc at the AMPlab and the Berkeley Automation Science Lab at UC Berkeley working with Ken Goldberg's group. I am interested in the problem of finding suitable representations of the world for applications in robotics and machine learning. In particular, I am investigating models using techniques combining Machine Learning with Computational Geometry and Algebraic Topology. I completed my PhD entitled "The Bergman Kernel on Toric Kähler Manifolds" in pure mathematics under supervision of Prof. Michael Singer (now at UCL) at the University of Edinburgh. Before that, I received my BSc mathematics from Edinburgh and a Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics (Part III) from the University of Cambridge.
"Workshop on Emerging Topological Techniques for Robotics", Poster submission deadline: April 8th, 2016
- Starting as Assistant Professor at KTH since November 2017.
- Two papers accepted to WAFR2016 - final versions available soon.
- We have been nominated as finalists for best manipulation paper and best human robot interaction paper for our ICRA 2016 papers on Dex-Net and SHIV respectively.
- IJRR paper extending our results from RSS'14 results in "Multiscale Topological Trajectory Classification with Persistent Homology" has been published.
- Please consider submitting papers to our RSS 2015 Workshop "Bridging the Gap between Data-driven and Analytical Physics-based Grasping and Manipulation", Robotics: Science and Systems, Rome.
- Our journal paper "Cohomological Learning of Periodic Motions" has been published.
The paper "Combinatorial Optimization for Hierarchical Contact-level Grasping"
has been selected as a
Finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at ICRA 2014. Well done, Kaiyu Hang and Johannes A. Stork!
Two ICRA 2014 and one RSS 2014 paper accepted. Our RSS paper "Multiscale Topological Trajectory Classification with Persistent Homology" has been selected for a 20 min oral presentation (1 of 6 such presentations).
Our paper "Integrated Motion and Clasp Planning with Virtual Linking"
has been selected as a
Finalist for the Best Conference Paper Award at Humanoids 2013.
Our work entitled "Toric partial density functions and stability of toric varieties" relating to my PhD thesis and in collaboration with M. Singer has been accepted for publication by Mathematische Annalen.
4/4 of our IROS 2013 paper submissions accepted for publication. Details of the papers can be found in the publications section.