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Jonathan Külz

Technische Universität München


Informatik 6 - Professur für Cyber Physical Systems (Prof. Althoff)

Boltzmannstr. 3(5607)/III
85748 Garching b. München

Curriculum Vitae

Jonathan Külz joined the Cyber Physical Systems Group as a doctoral candidate under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Althoff in November 2021. He received his bachelor's degree in Mechatronics and Information Technology from the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) and his master's degree in Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence from the Technical University Munich (TUM).

His research includes:

  • Algorithmic synthesis of modular robot compositions
  • Unifying benchmarks for modular and industrial robotics
  • Computationally efficient methods for the assessment of robot capabilities

Are you looking for a thesis or a student project?

I am always looking for self-motivated students that want to work in my research area. If you are interested in doing awesome research in (modular) robotics together, please follow these steps:

  1. Try to understand what my research is about (see below) and what exactly you are interested in.
  2. Have a look at this website to gain insight into my supervision approach and my expected student contributions.
  3. Write me a mail containing CV, transcript of records, and a concise statement of motivation.
  4. If I have capacities, we will most likely meet: Please prepare for the meeting by figuring out what you want to gain out of a thesis supervised by me.

Colloquially speaking, I care about the following questions:

  • How do we design robots that are tailored to solving specific industrial tasks?
  • How do we co-design robots and automation cells to perform well together?
  • Which machine learning algorithms are well-suited to design the morphology of a robot?
  • And last but not least: Considering that all of the above-posed questions require an extensive amount of simulation and evaluation: How can we assess "robot capabilities" computationally efficient for previously unseen robots?

Master Theses:

  • Work Space Identification for Modular Reconfigurable Robots - Xinyu Chen
  • Robot-agnostic Neural Inverse Kinematics - Pramodkumar Choudhary

Guided Research:

  • Efficient Derivation Of Analytical Inverse Kinematics - Daniel Ostermeier

Practical Courses:

  • A hands-on introduction to Reinforcement Learning, SS 2024

Bachelor Theses

  • Manipulation of a modular robot in construction - Mykhailo Razinkin
  • Problem-Related Optimization of Discrete Robot Morphologies Using Reinforcement Learning - Zekun Jiao
  • Hierarchical Filters for Modular Robot Morphology Fitness Evaluation - Denis Gretz
  • Dynamic Parameter Identification for Modular Robots - Florian Mirkes
  • Mastering the Game of Skat Using Decision Transformers - Sascha Benz

Master Theses

  • Task-Based Modular Robot Configuration Synthesis with Deep Reinforcement Learning - Vinzenz Männig

Practical Courses

  • Hybrid Reinforcement Learning for Modular Robot Optimization
  • Model-Informed Reinforcement Learning for Optimizing Robot Design
  • Supervised Learning for Robot Workspace Identification


  • Guided Research, Benchmarking Hybrid Reinforcement Learning for Robot Morphology Optimization - Pramodkumar Choudhary
  • Internship, Dynamic Model Identification for Modular Robots - Justine Caulet



  • Jonathan Külz, Matthias Mayer, and Matthias Althoff: Timor Python: A Toolbox for Industrial Modular Robotics. International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2023 mehr…
  • Külz, Jonathan; Spitz, Andreas; Abu-Akel, Ahmad; Günnemann, Stephan; West, Robert: United States politicians’ tone became more negative with 2016 primary campaigns. Scientific Reports 13 (1), 2023 mehr…


  • Jonathan Külz, Andreas Spitz, Ahmad Abu-Akel, Stephan Günnemann, Robert West: United States Politicians' Tone Became More Negative with 2016 Primary Campaigns. International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), 2022 mehr…