I’m Valentin! I am a Postdoc at the Computational Robotics Lab at ETH. I am working on real-world multi-agent task and motion planning, and am interested in how to deal with uncertainty, and how to get robots to be adaptive to changing circumstances.

I am always looking for good students - please reach out if you are interested in working with me!

Previously, I was in Marc Toussaint’s LIS group at TU Berlin, working on task and motion planning (TAMP) using optimization techniques, in addition to sampling based planners, with inspiration from control theory. I was associated with IntCDC, and was involved in several projects at the intersection of robotics and architecture.

In 2021, I (virtually) visited Jon Gammell’s ESP lab at the University of Oxford.

Generally, I like making robotics code go fast. Most of the time, the code I am looking at has strong relations to control systems, optimization, trajectory planning, or numerical methods. Before taking on my current position, I have been a mechanical engineering student at ETH Zurich, and have focussed on robotics, systems and control. I did a few internships at various companies (notably Amazon and BCG Gamma), and I was a PhD resident at intrinsic.ai working in the motion and controls team.

I like cycling, used to row competitively, like all kinds of other sports, and to my friends delight I am an avid cook.

I have an open list of ideas for which I am looking for collaborators (external pressure to complete something!) here. Contact me if anything catches your interest: v [at] vhartmann [dot] com for side-projects, valentin [dot] hartmann [at] inf [dot] ethz [dot] ch for more academic chatter.


Also see my Google Scholar Profile here.

Preprints/Under Review


  • Long-Horizon Multi-Robot Rearrangement Planning for Construction Assembly, Valentin N. Hartmann, Andreas Orthey, Danny Driess, Ozgur S. Oguz, Marc Toussaint. IEEE T-RO 2022. [arxiv], [youtube], [paper]
  • Leveraging Building Material as Part of the In-Plane Robotic Kinematic System for Collective Construction, Samuel Leder, H. Kim, Ozgur S. Oguz, Nicolas Kubail Kalousdian, Valentin N. Hartmann, Achim Menges, Marc Toussaint, Metin Sitti. Advanced Science 2022[paper]
  • Learning Robotic Manipulation of Natural Materials with Variable Properties for Construction Tasks, Nicolas Kubail Kalousdian, Grzegorz Łochnicki, Valentin N. Hartmann, Samuel Leder, Ozgur S. Oguz, Achim Menges, Marc Toussaint, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) 2022 [paper]