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Daniel Leidner


Robotics & AI Scientist at Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)


Daniel Leidner is the group leader for Fault-Tolerant Autonomy Architectures at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics which also hosts his Young Investigator Group on Failure and Uncertainty Tolerant Universal Robot Operation (FUTURO). Since 2016, he is the coordinator of the Rollin' Justin team. He received a doctoral degree from the University of Bremen in 2017, which was awarded the Helmholtz Doctoral Prize in the Research Field Space and the Georges Giralt Ph.D. Award for the best European Ph.D. thesis in robotics. He was named MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 in 2019, Business Punk Top 10 in Tech & Engineering, and Falling Walls Emerging Talent, both in 2020. Since 2022, he has been co-chairing the IEEE RAS Women in Engineering Committee. His research interests include semantic state inference, fail-safe cognitive architectures, and error handling in robotic manipulation. With this, he is pursuing the vision that future robots should no longer be mere tools but, in fact, intelligent colleagues for space and society.