Iman Awaad

M.Sc.Research associateAssistant director & Study advisor, Master's Programme in Autonomous Systems

Field of research

  • Automated planning
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning
  • Affordance-based robotics
  • Robot control architectures
  • Knowledge management systems
  • Simulation

Contact

Iman Awaad
Email: 
iman.awaad [at] h-brs.de

Sankt Augustin

Grantham-Allee 20
53575
Sankt Augustin
Room: 
C 203
Office hours: 
Monday - Friday
10h - 14h

Profile

I am currently a doctoral candidate supervised by Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg at the University of Osnabrück, Prof. Dr. Paul Plöger, and the late Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kraetzschmar at H-BRS. I obtained my bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Rutgers, the State University of NJ in 1996 and my master's degree in Autonomous Systems in 2008 from H-BRS.

Service (Akademische Selbstverwaltung)

  • Member of the Department's Examination Board (Prüfungsauschuss) since 2015
  • Member of two Recruitment Commisions for professorships (Berufungskommission)
  • Department representative in the Diversity Audit Committee, a two year process from 2018 to 2020
  • Member of the regional taskforce to guide students into their post-study phase (Regionales Netzwerk "Brücken in den Arbeitsmarkt") from 2017 to 2020, resulting in a Career Guide, among other things
  • Organizer of an event during the "Summer of Diversity" (Sommer der Vielfalt) as part of the Respekt! initiative, June 2016
  • Autonomous systems programme's alumni coordinator

Activities

  • Co-organizer, 9th Workshop on Planning & Robotics (PlanRob) at ICAPS 2021
  • Organizer, ICAPS 101 Tutorial at ICAPS 2021
  • Local organizing committee, IAV 2016 - 9th IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles in Leipzig, Germany
  • Assistant to the VP of the International RoboCup Federation for the RoboCup 2009 World Championships in Graz, Austria

Teaching

Planning & Scheduling
    Lecturer (WS 2010)
    Co-Lecturer (WS 2015)
    TA (WS 2008-09; WS 2011-2014; WS 2016-WS 2019)

Control & Systems Theory
    TA (WS 2008)

Advanced Scientific Working Seminar
    Lecturer (WS 2019)

Introduction to Scientific Working Seminar
    Lecturer (WS 2011)

R&D Colloquium Seminar
    Lecturer (SS 2017)
    Co-Lecturer (SS 2021, WS 2020; SS 2020; SS 2019)

Master Seminar
    Lecturer (WS 2013)

Incomming students' Foundation Course
    Organizer and Co-lecturer (since WS 2008)

Memberships

  • Women in AI & Robotics, Germany
  • Graduate Institute of H-BRS
  • Promotionskollegs NRW

Awards

  • Master's Thesis, February 2008. Awarded Best Thesis in Computer Science in 2008 by BRSU.
  • My PhD work is supported by a scholarship from the Graduate Institute of Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg.

Projects

  • RoboCup @Home b-it-bots team
  • RoboCup @Work b-it-bots team
  • RoboCup Midsize League (2005-2006) Fraunhofer AIS/BIT Gryffons team
  • RoCKIn: Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics
  • XPERO: Robot Learning by Experimentation, EU-funded project

Publications

2013 - 2020

  • A. Mitreski, A. Ortega Sainz, P. Nagel, A. Abdelrahman, I. Awaad, R. Cai Wu, R. Haseloff, M. Nguyen, P. G. Plöger, E. Romero Kramer, H. Schnor, and M. Schöbel, “The b-it-bots RoboCup @Home 2020 team description paper,” in RoboCup, (Bordeaux, France), 2020.

  • A. Padalkar, M. Wasil, S. Mahajan, R. Kumar, D. Bakaraniya, R. Shirodkar, H. Andradi, D. Padmanabhan, C. Wiesse, A. Abdelrahman, S. Chavan, N. Gurulingan, D. Nair, S. Thoduka, I. Awaad, S. Schneider, P. G. Pl ̈oger, and G. K. Kraetzschmar, “b-it-bots: Our approach for autonomous robotics in industrial environments,” in RoboCup 2019: Robot World Cup XXIII (S. Chalup, T. Niemueller, J. Suthakorn, and M.-A. Williams, eds.), (Cham), pp. 591–602, Springer International Publishing, 2019.

  • N. Gurulingan, R. Kumar, S. Mahajan, A. Padalkar, D. Vukcevic, M. Wasil, S. Thoduka, D. Nair, A. Abdelrahman, S. Chavan, I. Awaad, S. Schneider, P. Plöger, and G. Kraetzschmar, “The b-it-bots RoboCup @Work 2019 team description paper,” in RoboCup, (Sydney, Australia), 2019.

  • O. Lima, R. Ventura, and I. Awaad, “Integrating Classical Planning and Real Robots in Industrial and Service Robotics Domains,” in Planning and Robotics (PlanRob) Workshop at the 28th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 2018.

  • A. Padalkar, T. Jandt, M. Wasil, J. Mayoral, D. Nair, D. Vukcevic, S. Thoduka, I. Awaad, N. Hochgeschwender, S. Schneider, and G. Kraetzschmar, “The b-it-bots RoboCup @Work 2018 team description paper,” in RoboCup, (Montreal, Canada), 2018.

  • I. Awaad, A Blueprint for the Evolution of Perspectives: Planning Technology as a Basis for the Mass Customization of Robots. In M. Ghallab, N. Hawes, D. Magazzeni, B. C. Williams, and A. Orlandini, “Planning and Robotics (Dagstuhl Seminar 17031),” Dagstuhl Reports, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 32–73, 2017.

  • S. Ahmed, T. Jandt, P. Kulkarni, O. Lima, A. Mallick, A. Moriarty, D. Nair, S. Thoduka, I. Awaad, R. Dwiputra, et al., “b-it-bots RoboCup @Work team description paper,” 2016.

  • I. Awaad, G. K. Kraetzschmar, and J. Hertzberg, “The role of functional affordances in socializing robots,” International Journal of Social Robotics, vol. 7, pp. 421–438, March 2015.

  • E. Shpieva and I. Awaad, “Integrating task planning, execution and monitoring for a domestic service robot,” Information Technology, vol. 57, pp. 112–121, March 2015.

  • I. Awaad, G. K. Kraetzschmar, and J. Hertzberg, Finding ways to get the job done: An affordance-based approach, in the 24th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), Robotics Track, 2014, Portsmouth, USA.

  • I. Awaad, G. K. Kraetzschmar, and J. Hertzberg. Challenges in finding ways to get the job done. In the Planning and Robotics (PlanRob) Workshop at 24th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 2014, Portsmouth, USA.

  • R. Dwiputra, M. Füller, F. Hegger, S. Schneider, N. Hochgeschwender, I. Awaad, J. M. S. Loza, A. Y. Ozhigov, S. Biswas, N. V. Deshpande, et al., “The b-it-bots RoboCup @Home 2014 team description paper,” in RoboCup, (Joao Pessoa, Brazil), 2014.

  • F. Amigoni, A. Bonarini, G. Fontana, M. Matteucci, V. Schiaffonati, A. Ahmad, I. Awaad, J. Berghofer, R. Bischoff, R. Capobianco, et al., “General evaluation criteria, modules and metrics for benchmarking through competitions,” 2014.

  • R. Dwiputra, J. Berghofer, A. Ahmad, I. Awaad, F. Amigoni, R. Bischoff, A. Bonarini, G. Fontana, F. Hegger, N. Hochgeschwender, et al., “The RoCKIn@Work Challenge,” in ISR/Robotik 2014; 41st International Symposium on Robotics; Proceedings of, pp. 1–6, VDE, 2014.

  • S. Schneider, F. Hegger, A. Ahmad, I. Awaad, F. Amigoni, J. Berghofer, R. Bischoff, A. Bonarini, R. Dwiputra, G. Fontana, G. Fontana, L. Iocchi, G. Kraetzschmar, P. Lima, M. Matteucci, D. Nardi, and V. Schiaffonati, “The RoCKIn@Home challenge,” in ISR/Robotik 2014; 41st International Symposium on Robotics; Proceedings of, pp. 1–7, 2014.

  • I. Awaad, G. K. Kraetzschmar, and J. Hertzberg. Socializing Robots: The Role of Functional Affordances. In the International Workshop on Developmental Social Robotics (DevSoR) at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2013, Tokyo, Japan.

  • I. Awaad, G. K. Kraetzschmar, and J. Hertzberg. Affordance-based Reasoning for Robot Task Planning. In the Doctoral Consortium at the 23rd International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 2013, Rome, Italy.

  • I. Awaad, G. K. Kraetzschmar, and J. Hertzberg. Affordance-based Reasoning in Robot Task Planning. In the Planning and Robotics (PlanRob) Workshop at 23rd International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 2013, Rome, Italy.

  • E. Shpieva and I. Awaad, “Integrating the planning, execution and monitoring systems for a domestic service robot,” in Workshop on Roboterkontrollarchitekturen at Informatik, 2013.

  • A. Bierbrauer, E. Shpieva, I. Ivanovska, S. Schneider, A. Küstenmacher, I. Awaad, M. Füller, R. Dwiputra, J. Paulus, F. Hegger, N. Hochgeschwender, P. Plöger, and G. Kraetzschmar. The b-it-bots RoboCup@Home 2013 Team Description Paper. RoboCup-German Open -2013, Magdeburg, 2013.

  • R. Dwiputra, M. Fueller, F. Hegger, N. Hochgeschwender, J. Paulus, I. Awaad, S. Schneider, A. Bier- brauer, E. Shpieva, I. Ivanovska, N. V. Deshpande, A. J. Gaier, A. Hagg, J. M. S. Loza, A. Y. Ozhigov, P. G. Ploeger, , and G. K. Kraetzschmar, “The b-it-bots RoboCup @Home 2013 team description paper,” in RoboCup, (Eindhoven, Netherlands), 2013.

  • A. Ahmad, I. Awaad, F. Amigoni, J. Berghofer, R. Bischoff, A. Bonarini, R. Dwiputra, G. Fontana, F. Hegger, N. Hochgeschwender, et al., “Specification of general features of scenarios and robots for benchmarking through competitions,” 2013.

2006 - 2010

  • T. Breuer, G. Giorgana, F. Hegger, C. Müller, Z. Jin, M. Reckhaus, J. Paulus, N. Hochgeschwender, I. Awaad, R. Hartanto, P. Plöger, and G. Kraetzschmar. The b-it-bots RoboCup@Home 2010 Team Description Paper. RoboCup-2010, Singapore, 2010.

  • I. Awaad and B. Leon. XPERSim: A simulator for robot learning by experimentation. SIMPAR 2008.

  • I. Awaad, B. Leon and R. Hartanto. A Software System for Robotic Learning by Experimentation. SIMPAR 2008.

  • I. Awaad, R. Hartanto, B. Leon and P. Plöger. A Software System for Robotic Learning by Experimentation. In the Workshop on Robot simulators: Available software, scientific applications and future at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2008, Nice, France.

  • I. Awaad and B. Leon. XPERSIF: A software integration framework & architecture for robotic learning by experimentation. Master’s Thesis, February 2008.

  • I. Awaad and B. Leon. XPERSIF: A software integration framework for robot learning by experimentation. Technical report, June 2007.

  • I. Bratko, D. Suc, I. Awaad, J. Demsar, P. Gemeiner, M. Guid, B. Leon, M. Mestnik, J. Prankle, E. Prassler, M. Vincze, and J. Zabkar. Initial experiments in robot discovery in XPERO. In IEEE ICRA Workshop on "Concept Learning for Embodied Agents", April 2007.

  • I. Awaad and B. Leon. XPERSim: Simulation of the robotic experimenter. Technical report, September 2006.

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