Rudolf Lioutikov is a Tenure-Track Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He started the Intuitive Robots Lab in June 2021 after being accepted into the Emmy Noether Programme by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). The group develops new robot learning methods that focus on human-robot interaction with non-experts.
Previously Rudolf was an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Texas at Austin. He developed and taught the Robot Learning Stream of the Freshmen Research Initiative. Simultaneously Rudolf was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab, where he developed new methods for areas such as robot learning, reinforcement learning, imitation learning and human-robot collaboration.
Before he joined the UT Computer Science Department, Rudolf worked as a Ph.D. candidate at the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab in Darmstadt. In his dissertation he developed an imitation learning pipeline which learns a library of movement primitives and a comprehensible behavior representation from unlabeled data.
Rudolf was warded his Ph.D. with distinction by the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2018 and his dissertation was considered a finalist for the Georges Giralt PhD Award by the European Robotics Federation.