About Me

Hey there,
my name is Kevin Sebastian Luck and I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh (starting January 2020). My research interests lie at the intersection between reinforcement learning and robotics. The general aim of my research is to bring self-learning robots to the real world - outside of the lab.

I develop my research projects often end-to-end: from the new theoretical or mathematical framework and algorithms to the creation, simulation and evaluation of new robotic setups with hardware.

In the past, I have worked as a research intern at Facebook AI Research, and as a contracted Research Scientist on Assignment at Google Deepmind, London.

Postdoc, University of Edinburgh, Scotland/UK

January 2020 —

PhD Student, Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA

2016 — 2019

I was working as a Research Assistant at the Interactive Robotics Lab lead by Prof. Heni Ben Amor. I defended my dissertation in October 2019. The title of my thesis was Sample-Efficient Reinforcement Learning of Robot Control Policies in the Real World.

Research Intern, Facebook AI Research (FAIR), Menlo Park, USA

January 2019 — April 2019

I worked for four months as a Research Intern at the Facebook Robotics Lab in Menlo Park. My project was in the area of reinforcement learning and optimization for sample efficient training on robotic hardware. My supervisor was Dr. Roberto Calandra.

Research Scientist, Adecco UK, on Assignment at Google DeepMind, London, UK

Juni 2018 — October 2018

I worked as a contracted research scientist for five months at Google DeepMind's office in London, UK. My, continued, research project was in the area of Deep Reinforcement Learning for robotic manipulation in the real world. My manager was Dr. Jonathan Scholz, Senior Research Scientist at Google DeepMind, from the robotics group of the Applied Research team. The research results of this project were/are going to be published on IROS 2019.

Research Scientist, Adecco UK, on Assignment at Google DeepMind, London, UK

May 2017 — August 2017

I worked as a contracted research scientist for five months at Google DeepMind's office in London, UK. My research project was in the area of Deep Reinforcement Learning for robotic manipulation in the real world. My manager was Dr. Jonathan Scholz, Senior Research Scientist at Google DeepMind, head of the robotics group of Applied Research.

Master of Science, Autonomous Systems, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

2014 — 2016

Exchange Master Student, Graduate Program, School of Science, Aalto University, Finland

2014 — 2015

During my one year stay at Aalto University, funded by the Erasmus+ program of the Europen Union, I worked closely with Prof. Ville Kyrki of the Intelligent Robotics Lab at Aalto University. The outcome of this collaboration was published on AAAI in 2016.

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

2010 — 2014