He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg where he studied different aspects of the simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) problem.
Professor Doctor-Ing. He is furthermore affiliated with the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Bremen. He developed two successful mapping system, namely TreeMap and Multi-Level Relaxation (Monthly Labor Review). Additionally, he is working in the field of safety algorithms for robots including areas such as collision avoidance.