Alina Hawkin

Research Staff

Room: 2.81
Mail: hawkin(at)uni-bremen[dot]de

About me

I am interested in teaching robots new everyday manipulation tasks based on their own prior experiences and demonstrations by humans in Virtual Reality. In the later, one can show robots new tasks my demonstrating them as a human, or by being a robot in VR. I enjoy working with real robots the most and have gathered some experience working with the PR2(Willow Garage), HSR(Toyota), Pepper(Aldebaran/Softbank), DonBot(IAI, UR5) and soon also the TIAGo (PAL Robotics).


Supervised Student Projects

Supervised Thesis

  • Bachelor's Thesis of Jan Schimpf: “High-Level Planning for a robotic cashier” SoSe23
  • Master Thesis of Jonas Dech: “A Knowledge Based Shopping Assistant in a Retail Environment using VR Tracking”


Journal Articles and Book Chapters
[1]Dennis Mronga, Andreas Bresser, Fabias Maas genannt Bermpohl, Adrian Danzglock, Simon Stelter, Alina Hawkin, Giang Nguyen, Michael Beetz and Frank Kirchner, "MARLIN: A cloud integrated robotic solution to support intralogistics in retail", In Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 175, pp. 104654, 2024. [bibtex] [url] [doi]
Conference Papers
[2]Gayane Kazhoyan, Alina Hawkin, Sebastian Koralewski, Andrei Haidu and Michael Beetz, "Learning Motion Parameterizations of Mobile Pick and Place Actions from Observing Humans in Virtual Environments", In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2020. [bibtex] [doi]
[3]Michaela Kümpel, Jonas Dech, Alina Hawkin and Michael Beetz, "Robotic Shopping Assistance for Everyone: Dynamic Query Generation on a Semantic Digital Twin as a Basis for Autonomous Shopping Assistance", In Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2023), London, United Kingdom, pp. 2523–2525, 2023. [bibtex] [pdf]
[4]Nils Leusmann, Glareh Mir, Giang Nguyen, Simon Stelter, Kaviya Dhanabalachandran, Cagatay Odabasi, Maik Malki, Alina Hawkin, Felix Bazlen and Michael Beetz, "Retail SemDT Collection Knowledge-base, A Platform Architecture", In 2023 IEEE Smart World Congress (SWC), pp. 1–6, 2023. [bibtex]

Own Thesis

Bachelor's Thesis of Alina Hawkin “Towards Robots Executing Observed Manipulation Activities of Humans” (2018)

Master's Thesis of Alina Hawkin “Teaching robots manipulation skills with human-controlled robot bodies – Spend a day in Virtual Reality inside a robot's body” (2020)

Prof. Dr. hc. Michael Beetz PhD
Head of Institute

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assistant to Prof. Beetz

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