Postdoc Researcher| Autonomous systems | Ai | Philosophy & Technology

Johannes Betz postdoc researcher for autonomous systems My name is Johannes Betz and I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania where i am working with Prof. Rahul Mangharam at the mLab: Real-Time and Embedded Systems Lab. My research is focusing on a holistic software development for autonomous systems with extreme motions at the dynamic limits in extreme and unknown environments. By using modern algorithms from the field of artificial intelligence i am trying to develop new and advanced methods and intelligent algorithms. Based on my additional studies in philosophy i want to extend current path and behavior planners for autonomous systems with ethical theories and then implement them in software.

During my PhD and first Postdoc time at the Technical University i was working together with Prof. Markus Lienkamp. As head of the research group Intelligent Vehicle Systems i was researching on autonomous systems in the project autonomous motorsport. In addition i worked in the Smart Mobility group where i developed an algorithm for an intelligent fleet disposition for mixed vehicle fleets.

Academic Positions


  • M.A. 2020

    Master of Arts in Philosophy and Technology

    Technical University of Munich

  • Ph.D. 2019

    Ph.D. in Automotive Technology

    Technical University of Munich

  • M.Sc. 2012

    Master of Science in Automotive Technology

    University of Bayreuth

  • B.Eng. 2011

    Bachelor of Engineering in Automotive Technology

    University of Applied Science, Coburg

  • 2008

    Higher Education Entrance Qualification (A-Levels)

    Gymanasium Burgkunstadt

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2019
    IEEE ICCVE 2019 Best Student Paper Finalist, Graz, Austria
  • 2019
    PhD graduation with distinction (summa cum laude)
  • 2019
    Roborace Season Alpha: 1st Place at Roborace Event 5
  • 2019
    IFAC IAV 2019 Young Author Award, Gdansk, Poland
  • 2018
    German-Japan Young Professional Exchange Program 2018
  • 2018
    Roborace: Winner of the “Roborace Human + Machine” Challenge
  • 2012
    3rd best graduate in Bachelor of Engineering at FH Coburg