Timo Hinzmann


I am currently a Ph.D. student at the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at ETH Zurich under Prof. Roland Siegwart.

I received my B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Karlsruhe’s Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2011 and my M.Sc. in Robotics, Systems and Control from ETH Zurich in 2014.

During my graduate studies, I was accepted to JPL’s Visiting Student Researchers Program (JVSRP) where I worked on robust vision-based navigation at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and was supervised by Stephan Weiss and Roland Brockers.

In 2014, I joined ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) as a Ph.D. student where I focus on multi-agent localization and mapping for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and am involved in the projects SHERPA, Solair, ICARUS and AtlantikSolar.

Short Resume


12/2014-today Ph.D. student at the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL), ETH Zurich under Prof. Roland Siegwart. Involved in the FP7 EU projects SHERPA and ICARUS as well as SolAir and AtlantikSolar.
04/2014-11/2014 Master Thesis “Robust vision-based navigation for micro air vehicles” (5.75/6.0) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology / NASA. Supervised by Stephan Weiss and Roland Brockers.
10/2012-11/2014 M.Sc. Robotics, Systems and Control at ETH Zurich (ETHZ). Semester project: “Adaptive control of multirotor aerial vehicles” (6.0/6.0) at ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab. Supervised by Michael Burri, Sammy Omari and Markus Achtelik.
01/2012-09/2012 Internship at BMW Research and Development, Munich. Project Connected Drive. Supervised by Philipp Reinisch and Moritz Werling.
10/2008-10/2011 B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Bachelor Thesis: “Path planning of a differential drive ground robot” (1.0/1.0) at the Institute of Systems Optimization (ITE). Supervised by Justus Seibold.
07/1999-07/2008 Abitur (1.0/1.0) at Kepler Gymnasium Pforzheim, Germany.
Nominated scholarship of German National Academic foundation; DMV award of German Mathematician Society; School prize. 1-year exchange student at US High School, Holliday, TX, USA.

Publications

Ongoing Work

Skaret View Timo Hinzmann, Thomas Stastny, Cesar Cadena Lerma, Roland Siegwart, and Igor Gilitschenski, "Free LSD: Prior-Free Visual Landing Site Detection for Autonomous Planes"
Skaret View Timo Hinzmann, Tim Taubner, and Roland Siegwart, "Flexible Stereo: Constrained, Non-rigid, Wide-baseline Stereo Vision for Fixed-wing Aerial Platforms"


Journal

Skaret View Philipp Oettershagen, Amir Melzer, Thomas Mantel, Konrad Rudin, Thomas Stastny, Bartosz Wawrzacz, Timo Hinzmann, Stefan Leutenegger, Kostas Alexis, and Roland Siegwart, "Design of small hand-launched solar-powered UAVs: From concept study to a multi-day world endurance record flight". In Journal of Field Robotics (JFR), 2017.
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Conference

Skaret View Timo Hinzmann, Johannes Schönberger, Marc Pollefeys, and Roland Siegwart, "Mapping on the Fly: Real-Time 3D Dense Reconstruction, Digital Surface Map and Incremental Orthomosaic Generation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles". In 11th Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR), 2017, Zurich, Switzerland.
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Skaret View Mathias Gehrig, Elena Stumm, Timo Hinzmann, and Roland Siegwart, "Visual Place Recognition with Probabilistic Vertex Voting". In International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017, Singapore.
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Timo Hinzmann, Thomas Schneider, Marcin Dymczyk, Andreas Schaffner, Simon Lynen, Roland Siegwart, and Igor Gilitschenski, "Monocular Visual-Inertial SLAM for Fixed-Wing UAVs Using Sliding Window Based Nonlinear Optimization". In International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC), 2016, Las Vegas, USA.
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Skaret View Julius Kümmerle, Timo Hinzmann, Anurag Vempati, and Roland Siegwart, "Real-Time Detection and Tracking of Multiple Humans from High Bird’s-Eye Views in the Visual and Infrared Spectrum". In International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC), 2016, Las Vegas, USA.
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Skaret View Timo Hinzmann, Thomas Schneider, Marcin Tomasz Dymczyk, Amir Melzer, Thomas Mantel, Igor Gilitschenski, and Roland Siegwart, "Robust Map Generation for Fixed-Wing UAVs with Low-Cost Highly-Oblique Monocular Cameras". In International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016, Daejeon, South Korea. 48% acceptance rate.
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Skaret View Patrick Doherty, Jonas Kvarnström, Piotr Rudol, Marius Wzorek, Gianpaolo Conte, Cyrille Berger, Timo Hinzmann, and Thomas Stastny, "A Collaborative Framework for 3D Mapping using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles". In International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-agent Systems (PRIMA), 2016, Phuket, Thailand.
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Skaret View Philipp Oettershagen, Amir Melzer, Thomas Mantel, Konrad Rudin, Thomas Stastny, Bartosz Wawrzacz, Timo Hinzmann, Kostas Alexis, and Roland Siegwart, "Perpetual flight with a small solar-powered UAV: Flight results, performance analysis and model validation". In IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016, Zurich, Switzerland.
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Skaret View Timo Hinzmann, Thomas Stastny, Gianpaolo Conte, Patrick Doherty, Piotr Rudol, Marius Wzorek, Igor Gilitschenski, Enric Galceran, and Roland Siegwart, "Collaborative 3D Reconstruction using Heterogeneous UAVs: System and Experiments". In International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER), 2016, Tokyo, Japan.
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Skaret View Joern Rehder, Janosch Nikolic, Thomas Schneider, Timo Hinzmann, and Roland Siegwart, "Extending kalibr: Calibrating the Extrinsics of Multiple IMUs and of Individual Axes". In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. 34.7% acceptance rate.
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Thesis

Skaret View Timo Hinzmann, "Robust Vision-Based Navigation for Micro Air Vehicles". Master Thesis, 2014, Pasadena, USA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL/NASA), clearance no. CL#15-1078.
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Skaret View Timo Hinzmann, "Adaptive Rate Control for Multirotor UAVs". Semester Thesis, 2014, Zurich, Switzerland, Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL), ETH Zurich (ETHZ).
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Timo Hinzmann, "Pfadplanung in Innenräumen und Integration in eine Simulationsumgebung für autonome Bodenfahrzeuge". Bachelor Thesis, 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany, Institute of Systems Optimization (ITE), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
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Teaching (ETH Zurich)

Skaret View Programming exercise accompanying lecture "Artificial Intelligence for Robotics", Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich
Exercise 3: Pose Graph Optimization (PGO) and Iterative Closest Point (ICP). [Exercise Sheet | Exercise | Solutions | Score Sheet]
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Exercise accompanying lecture "Autonomous Mobile Robots", Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich

Completed Student Projects (ETH Zurich)