Robotics and Biology Laboratory

Xing Li

Wiss. Mitarbeiter_in

Gebäude MAR
Raum MAR 5.065

Learning To Manipulate From Demonstration

We will develop a novel approach to Learning from Demonstration for teaching a robot complex, contact-rich manipulation tasks. This approach will enable the robots to physically operate complex locks and other mechanisms. The scientific challenge involves reliably operating such multi-degree-of-freedom mechanisms that require transitions between different multi-contact situations. Rather than programming these manipulation actions directly, we will have a human demonstrate motions to the robot.

Research Interests

Hi, my name is Xing Li. I am a PhD student at the Technische Universität Berlin under the supervision of Professor Oliver Brock. I am associated with the Excellence Research Cluster Science of Intelligence at Berlin. 

My research interest lies in developing a cutting-edge system that empowers non-experts to effortlessly teach robots complex skills through demonstrations. I am differentiating myself from other research works in the field by focusing on endowing the robot with the ability to efficiently interact with the environment under the guidance of human demonstrations to generate additional data, leveraging the potential provided by the robots' embodiment. I believe that this guided interaction holds the key to bridging the gap between human and robot perception. I hope my research can contribute to the robotics community by making robots more accessible and a part of everyday household environments for everyone.

Short CV

  • 2020 - present
    • PhD-student at Robotics and Biology Laboratory (Oliver Brock), TU Berlin
  • 2020 - present
  • 2017  2020
    • Mechatronics and Information Technology, MSc, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
      • 04.2019 - 05.2020
        Internship and Master Thesis, Volkswagen Group Research, Wolfsburg
        Topic: Learning from Demonstration for Trajectory Planning in Automated Driving
      • 11.2018 - 03.2019
        Student assistant, Intelligent Process Automation and Robotics Lab, Karlsruhe
      • 11.2017 - 10.2018
        Student employee, Vector Informatik GmbH, Karlsruhe
  • 2012  2016
    • Automotive Engineering, BSc, Chang'an University
      • 02.2016 - 06.2016 
        Internship, Daimler Greater China Ltd., Beijing



Li, Xing; Baum, Manuel; Brock, Oliver
Augmentation Enables One-Shot Generalization In Learning From Demonstration for Contact-Rich Manipulation
Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)


Li, Xing; Brock, Oliver
Learning From Demonstration Based on Environmental Constraints
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 7 (4) :10938-10945


Rosbach, Sascha; James, Vinit; Großjohann, Simon; Homoceanu, Silviu; Li, Xing; Roth, Stefan
Driving Style Encoder: Situational Reward Adaptation for General-Purpose Planning in Automated Driving
2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Seite 6419-6425
Rosbach, Sascha; Li, Xing; Großjohann, Simon; Homoceanu, Silviu; Roth, Stefan
Planning on the fast lane: Learning to interact using attention mechanisms in path integral inverse reinforcement learning
2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Seite 5187-5193