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Interactive Perception: Leveraging Action in Perception and Perception in Action
Interactive Perception: Leveraging Action in Perception and Perception in Action

Bohg, J., Hausman, K., Sankaran, B., Brock, O., Kragic, D., Schaal, S., Sukhatme, G.

IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 33, pages: 1273-1291, December 2017 (article)

Abstract
Recent approaches in robotics follow the insight that perception is facilitated by interactivity with the environment. These approaches are subsumed under the term of Interactive Perception (IP). We argue that IP provides the following benefits: (i) any type of forceful interaction with the environment creates a new type of informative sensory signal that would otherwise not be present and (ii) any prior knowledge about the nature of the interaction supports the interpretation of the signal. This is facilitated by knowledge of the regularity in the combined space of sensory information and action parameters. The goal of this survey is to postulate this as a principle and collect evidence in support by analyzing and categorizing existing work in this area. We also provide an overview of the most important applications of Interactive Perception. We close this survey by discussing the remaining open questions. Thereby, we hope to define a field and inspire future work.

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arXiv DOI Project Page [BibTex]

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arXiv DOI Project Page [BibTex]


Acquiring Target Stacking Skills by Goal-Parameterized Deep Reinforcement Learning
Acquiring Target Stacking Skills by Goal-Parameterized Deep Reinforcement Learning

Li, W., Bohg, J., Fritz, M.

arXiv, November 2017 (article) Submitted

Abstract
Understanding physical phenomena is a key component of human intelligence and enables physical interaction with previously unseen environments. In this paper, we study how an artificial agent can autonomously acquire this intuition through interaction with the environment. We created a synthetic block stacking environment with physics simulation in which the agent can learn a policy end-to-end through trial and error. Thereby, we bypass to explicitly model physical knowledge within the policy. We are specifically interested in tasks that require the agent to reach a given goal state that may be different for every new trial. To this end, we propose a deep reinforcement learning framework that learns policies which are parametrized by a goal. We validated the model on a toy example navigating in a grid world with different target positions and in a block stacking task with different target structures of the final tower. In contrast to prior work, our policies show better generalization across different goals.

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arXiv [BibTex]


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Event-based State Estimation: An Emulation-based Approach

Trimpe, S.

IET Control Theory & Applications, 11(11):1684-1693, July 2017 (article)

Abstract
An event-based state estimation approach for reducing communication in a networked control system is proposed. Multiple distributed sensor agents observe a dynamic process and sporadically transmit their measurements to estimator agents over a shared bus network. Local event-triggering protocols ensure that data is transmitted only when necessary to meet a desired estimation accuracy. The event-based design is shown to emulate the performance of a centralised state observer design up to guaranteed bounds, but with reduced communication. The stability results for state estimation are extended to the distributed control system that results when the local estimates are used for feedback control. Results from numerical simulations and hardware experiments illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach in reducing network communication.

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arXiv Supplementary material PDF DOI Project Page [BibTex]

arXiv Supplementary material PDF DOI Project Page [BibTex]


Probabilistic Articulated Real-Time Tracking for Robot Manipulation
Probabilistic Articulated Real-Time Tracking for Robot Manipulation

(Best Paper of RA-L 2017, Finalist of Best Robotic Vision Paper Award of ICRA 2017)

Garcia Cifuentes, C., Issac, J., Wüthrich, M., Schaal, S., Bohg, J.

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2(2):577-584, April 2017 (article)

Abstract
We propose a probabilistic filtering method which fuses joint measurements with depth images to yield a precise, real-time estimate of the end-effector pose in the camera frame. This avoids the need for frame transformations when using it in combination with visual object tracking methods. Precision is achieved by modeling and correcting biases in the joint measurements as well as inaccuracies in the robot model, such as poor extrinsic camera calibration. We make our method computationally efficient through a principled combination of Kalman filtering of the joint measurements and asynchronous depth-image updates based on the Coordinate Particle Filter. We quantitatively evaluate our approach on a dataset recorded from a real robotic platform, annotated with ground truth from a motion capture system. We show that our approach is robust and accurate even under challenging conditions such as fast motion, significant and long-term occlusions, and time-varying biases. We release the dataset along with open-source code of our approach to allow for quantitative comparison with alternative approaches.

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arXiv video code and dataset video PDF DOI Project Page [BibTex]


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Anticipatory Action Selection for Human-Robot Table Tennis

Wang, Z., Boularias, A., Mülling, K., Schölkopf, B., Peters, J.

Artificial Intelligence, 247, pages: 399-414, 2017, Special Issue on AI and Robotics (article)

Abstract
Abstract Anticipation can enhance the capability of a robot in its interaction with humans, where the robot predicts the humans' intention for selecting its own action. We present a novel framework of anticipatory action selection for human-robot interaction, which is capable to handle nonlinear and stochastic human behaviors such as table tennis strokes and allows the robot to choose the optimal action based on prediction of the human partner's intention with uncertainty. The presented framework is generic and can be used in many human-robot interaction scenarios, for example, in navigation and human-robot co-manipulation. In this article, we conduct a case study on human-robot table tennis. Due to the limited amount of time for executing hitting movements, a robot usually needs to initiate its hitting movement before the opponent hits the ball, which requires the robot to be anticipatory based on visual observation of the opponent's movement. Previous work on Intention-Driven Dynamics Models (IDDM) allowed the robot to predict the intended target of the opponent. In this article, we address the problem of action selection and optimal timing for initiating a chosen action by formulating the anticipatory action selection as a Partially Observable Markov Decision Process (POMDP), where the transition and observation are modeled by the \{IDDM\} framework. We present two approaches to anticipatory action selection based on the \{POMDP\} formulation, i.e., a model-free policy learning method based on Least-Squares Policy Iteration (LSPI) that employs the \{IDDM\} for belief updates, and a model-based Monte-Carlo Planning (MCP) method, which benefits from the transition and observation model by the IDDM. Experimental results using real data in a simulated environment show the importance of anticipatory action selection, and that \{POMDPs\} are suitable to formulate the anticipatory action selection problem by taking into account the uncertainties in prediction. We also show that existing algorithms for POMDPs, such as \{LSPI\} and MCP, can be applied to substantially improve the robot's performance in its interaction with humans.

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DOI Project Page [BibTex]

DOI Project Page [BibTex]


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Chemically active colloids near osmotic-responsive walls with surface-chemistry gradients

Popescu, M. N., Uspal, W. E., Dietrich, S.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29, IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Active colloids in the context of chemical kinetics

Oshanin, G., Popescu, M. N., Dietrich, S.

Journal of Physics A, 50, IOP Pub., Bristol, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Microbots Decorated with Silver Nanoparticles Kill Bacteria in Aqueous Media

Vilela, D., Stanton, M. M., Parmar, J., Sánchez, S.

ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(27):22093-22100, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Measurement of second-order response without perturbation

Helden, L., Basu, U., Krüger, M., Bechinger, C.

EPL, 116(6), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Swimming with a cage: low-Reynolds-number locomotion inside a droplet

Reigh, S., Zhu, L. L., Gallaire, F., Lauga, E.

Soft Matter, 13(17):3161-3173, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Active Particle Accumulation at Boundaries: A Strategy to Measure Contact Angles

Simmchen, J., Malgaretti, P.

ChemNanoMat, 3(11):790-793, Wiley, Weinheim, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Two-fluid model for locomotion under self-confinement

Reigh, S., Lauga, E.

Physical Review Fluids, 2(9), American Physical Society, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Bubble gating in biological ion channels: A density functional theory study

Gu\ssmann, Florian, Roth, R.

Physical Review E, 95(6), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Nematic films at chemically structured surfaces

Silvestre, N. M., Telo da Gama, M. M., Tasinkevych, M.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29(7), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Nonadditive interactions and phase transitions in strongly confined colloidal systems

Vasilyev, O., Dietrich, S., Kondrat, S.

Soft Matter, 14(4):586-596, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Platinum-free cobalt ferrite based micromotors for antibiotic removal

Parmar, J., Villa, K., Vilela, D., Sánchez, S.

Applied Materials Today, 9, pages: 605-611, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Perils of ad hoc approximations for the activity function of chemically powered colloids

Popescu, M. N., Uspal, W. E., Tasinkevych, M., Dietrich, S.

The European Physical Journal E, 40, EDP Sciences; Società Italiana di Fisica; Springer, Les Ulis; Bologna; Heidelberg, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Transient Casimir Forces from Quenches in Thermal and Active Matter

Rohwer, C. M., Kardar, M., Krüger, M.

Physical Review Letters, 118(1), American Physical Society, Woodbury, N.Y., 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Rotational motion of dimers of Janus particles

Majee, A.

European Physical Journal E, 40(3), Springer, Berlin, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Designing Micro- and Nanoswimmers for Specific Applications

Katuri, J., Ma, X., Stanton, M. M., Sanchez, S.

Accounts of Chemical Research, 50(1):2-11, American Chemical Society, Easton, Pa., 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Wedge wetting by electrolyte solutions

Mußotter, M., Bier, M.

Physical Review E, 96(3), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Effect of boundaries on vacuum field fluctuations and radiation-mediated interactions between atoms

Armata, F., Butera, S., Fiscelli, G., Incardone, R., Notararigo, V., Palacino, R., Passante, R., Rizzuto, L., Spagnolo, S.

Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 880, IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Smectic phases in ionic liquid crystals

Bartsch, H., Bier, M., Dietrich, S.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29(46), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Pushing Bacterial Biohybrids to In Vivo Applications

Stanton, M. M., Sánchez, S.

Trends in Biotechnology, 35(10):910-913, Elsevier Current Trends, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Particles with nonlinear electric response: Suppressing van der Waals forces by an external field

Soo, H., Dean, D. S., Krüger, M.

Physical Review E, 95(1), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Electrolyte solutions at curved electrodes. I. Mesoscopic approach

Reindl, A., Bier, M., Dietrich, S.

The Journal of Chemical Physics, 146(15), American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, N.Y., 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Self-propelling micro-nanorobots: challenges and fututre perspectives in nanomedicine

Ma, X., Sánchez, S.

Nanomedicine, 12(12):1363-1367, Future Medicine Ltd, London, UK, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Salt-induced microheterogeneities in binary liquid mixtures

Bier, M., Mars, J., Li, H., Mezger, M.

Physical Review E, 96(2), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Forward-backward multiplicity correlations in proton-proton collisions from several GeV to LHC energies

Bravina, L., Bleibel, J., Emaus, R., Zabrodin, E.

EPJ Web of Conferences, 164, EDP Sciences, Les Ulis, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Key-lock colloids in a nematic liquid crystal

Silvestre, N. M., Tasinkevych, M.

Physical Review E, 95(1), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Fluctuation induced forces in critical films with disorder at their surfaces

Maciolek, A., Vasilyev, O., Dotsenko, V., Dietrich, S.

Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol, England, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Action at a distance in classical uniaxial ferromagnetic arrays

Abraham, D. B., Maciolek, A., Squarcini, A., Vasilyev, O.

Physical Review E, 96(4), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Cooperative behavior of biased probes in crowded interacting systems

Vasilyev, O., Bénichou, O., Mej\’\ia-Monasterio, C., Weeks, E. R., Oshanin, G.

Soft Matter, 13(41):7617-7624, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Nonequilibrium Fluctuational Quantum Electrodynamics: Heat Radiation, Heat Transfer, and Force

Bimonte, G., Emig, T., Kardar, M., Krüger, M.

Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics, 8, pages: 119-143, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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A Gaussian theory for fluctuations in simple liquids

Krüger, M., Dean, D. S.

The Journal of Chemical Physics, 146(13), American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, N.Y., 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Critical Casimir interactions between colloids around the critical point of binary solvents

Stuij, S. G., Labbe-Laurent, M., Kodger, T. E., Maciolek, A., Schall, P.

Soft Matter, 13(31):5233-5249, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Bio-catalytic mesoporous Janus nano-motors powered by catalase enzyme

Ma, X., Sánchez, S.

Tetrahedron, 73(33):4883-4886, Elsevier Science, Kidlington, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Basic features of proton-proton interactions at ultra-relativistic energies and RFT-based quark-gluon string model

Zabrodin, E., Bravina, L., Bleibel, J.

EPJ Web of Conferences, 164, EDP Sciences, Les Ulis, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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The modified Langevin description for probes in a nonlinear medium

Krüger, M., Maes, C.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29(6), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Smoluchowski rate for diffusion-controlled reactions of molecules with antenna

Vasilyev, O., Lizana, L., Oshanin, G.

Journal of Physics A, 50(26), IOP Pub., Bristol, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Model microswimmers in channels with varying cross section

Malgaretti, P., Stark, H.

The Journal of Chemical Physics, 146(17), American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, N.Y., 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Heat radiation and transfer for point particles in arbitrary geometries

Asheichyk, K., Müller, B., Krüger, M.

Physical Review B, 96(15), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Surface induced smectic order in ionic liquids - an X-ray reflectivity study of [C(22)C(1)im](+)[NTf2](-)

Mars, J., Hou, B., Weiss, H., Li, H., Konovalov, O., Festersen, S., Murphy, B. M., Rütt, U., Bier, M., Mezger, M.

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19(39):26651-26661, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Onset of anomalous diffusion in colloids confined to quasimonolayers

Bleibel, J., Dominguez, A., Oettel, M.

Physical Review E, 95, American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Viscosity of a sheared correlated (near-critical) model fluid in confinement

Rohwer, C. M., Gambassi, A., Krüger, M.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29(33), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Many-body heat radiation and heat transfer in the presence of a nonabsorbing background medium

Müller, B., Incardone, R., Antezza, M., Emig, T., Krüger, M.

Physical Review B, 95(8), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Electrolyte solutions at curved electrodes. II. Microscopic approach

Reindl, A., Bier, M., Dietrich, S.

The Journal of Chemical Physics, 146(15), American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, N.Y., 2017 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]