In 2007, I received a Master's degree in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. My major was scientific computing, my minor artificial intelligence. In my Master Thesis, I investigated a new algorithm for the simulation of deformable objects. From 2007 to 2010 I worked for the ETH-spin-off company Dybuster AG.
My general interests are: computer science, graphics, simulations, physics, virtual reality, computer vision, (artificial) evolution, machine learning, neuroscience, psychology, politics, philosophy...
I like cats, classical music, books, (board/computer) games, philosophical debates, playing the piano, Aikido, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek...
Daniel P. Germann, Wolfgang Schatz and Peter Eggenberger Hotz, "Artificial Bivalves -- The Biomimetics of Underwater Burrowing", FET11 The European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition 2011, 4-6 May 2011. (Poster (pdf), 20 MB; Proceedings manuscript (pdf), 400 kB)
Daniel P. Germann, Wolfgang Schatz and Peter Eggenberger Hotz, "Bivalve burrowing robots: correlating shell morphology and movement pattern with burrowing efficiency", Design and Nature V, WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Vol 138, pp. 389-402, June, 2010. (pdf, 5.6 MB, Copyright © 2010 WIT Press)
Agathe Koller-Hodac, Daniel P. Germann, Alexander Gilgen, Katja Dietrich, Maik Hadorn, Wolfgang Schatz and Peter Eggenberger Hotz, "Actuated Bivalve Robot -- Study of the Burrowing Locomotion in Sediment", Proceedings of 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 3-8, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska, USA. (pdf, 2 MB, Copyright © 2010 IEEE *)
Daniel Germann, Wolfgang Schatz, Maik Hadorn, Andreas Fischer and Peter Eggenberger Hotz, "Retracing the Evolution of Bivalves in Simulation and Robotics", Posters of the 6th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, 2008. (pdf, 1 MB)
Daniel Germann, Wolfgang Schatz, Maik Hadorn, Andreas Fischer and Peter Eggenberger Hotz, "Correlation between morphology, behaviour and habitat – bivalve burrowing in simulation and robotics", Abstracts of the 6th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, 2008. (pdf, 1 MB)
Daniel Germann, "Top-Down Collision Detection with Multilevel Deformable Models", Master Thesis supervised by Dr. Miguel A. Otaduy and Prof. Dr. Markus Gross, ETH Zurich, 2007. (pdf, 6.4 MB)
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