Master thesis topics

To have more information on any of the proposals, please contact either Prof. Ville Kyrki or one of the advisors indicated in the proposal of interest.

At present, the following master thesis proposals are available in the group:

Master thesis on “Development of data-driven driver model”

Supervisor: Prof. Ville Kyrki ( Advisor: Daulet Baimukashev  (, Shoaib Azam ( Keywords: imitation learning, autonomous driving Data-driven driver models are superior to rule-based models in interactive multi-agent scenarios where it is essential to consider agents’ behavior. For example, humans have diverse driving styles as aggressive, neutral, or defensive [1] and it is challenging to […]

Master thesis on “Visual Action Planning for Complex Object Manipulation”

The aim of this thesis is based on consecutive action planning for robot manipulation and will focus on implementation and improving of a recently presented visual action planning of complex manipulation tasks

Master Thesis on “Interactive Bayesian Multiobjective Evolutionary Optimization in Reinforcement Learning Problems with Conflicting Reward Functions”

In many real-world problems, there are multiple conflicting objective functions that need to be optimized simultaneously. For example, an investment company wants to create an optimum portfolio of stocks to maximize profits and minimize risk simultaneously. However, most reinforcement learning (RL) problems do not explicitly consider the tradeoff between multiple conflicting reward functions and assume a scalarized single objective reward function to be optimized. Multiobjective evolutionary optimization algorithms (MOEAs) can be used to find Pareto optimal policies by considering multiple reward functions as objectives.

Master Thesis on “Deep Imitative Models for Safe Planning of Autonomous Driving”

The goal of this thesis is to devise an algorithm that combines the advantage of both IL and MBRL for robust and safe planning for autonomous driving. In this context, the thesis is expected to include implementations of IL and MBRL algorithms and fuse them for planning tasks.

Master Thesis on “Adversarial Robotic Cloth Manipulation”

This thesis will focus on how to use adversarial learning for improving existing methods in robotic cloth manipulation.

Energy-Efficiency of Reinforcement Learning

This thesis will investigate the energy consumption of such reinforcement learning algorithms for both training and inference using monitoring capabilities. The goal is to find out how different algorithms compare in performance vs energy consumption on practical applications and if there are ways to reduce energy consumption by trading performance for low computational complexity, for example.

Robustify Behaviour and Morphology of Robots against Future Damage

This project is aimed at developing new methodologies and frameworks for learning behaviours and designs of robots with the goal of making them robust to mechanical failures or stark environmental changes impacting the performance of the robot.

Meta-Learning Embeddings for Reinforcement Learning

Meta-Learning of ‘learning-how-to-learn’ has been immensely popular in the deep learning community in recent years. In this thesis, we will investigate the problem of using meta-learning approaches and ideas to learn latent policy embeddings for use in reinforcement learning. A potential approach for this is hyper networks, ie networks which can generate other networks (see references). The thesis will investigate the application of these approaches and evaluate their usefulness in robot learning and continuous control tasks. Currently, the use of policy embeddings and hyper networks is an active area in research with potential applications to real-world robotics. This is a research-oriented thesis where the student will have the possibility to work on state-of-the-art problems and propose novel methods and algorithms for their use in robot learning.

Creating tool-boxes for the Co-Design of Robots in Simulation

This is a more engineering and software-development oriented thesis, aiming at providing open-source implementations for the research community. However, the thesis student will get some exposuire to the use of Deep Leanring algorithms and their application to practical research problems.

Improving Co-Design with Imitation Learning

This research thesis will investigate further how the use of imitation learning methods and algorithms can be used to improve existing Co-Design algorithms. The aim of this thesis is to develop systems developing both the body and mind of robots.

Evolutionary Imitation Learning for Continous Control

The thesis will start with an initial literature review to identify the space of potential hypothesis to investigate and apply the developed method to continous control tasks. This thesis is well suited for students interested in a research oriented master thesis with some possibilities to develop your own idea.

Master Thesis on the Co-Adaptation of Robots

The goal of this Master thesis is to develop simulation tools necessary to evaluate co-adaptation techniques, and to develop new approaches for learning the behaviour and design of robots using deep learning and deep reinforcement learning.