Dr.-Ing. Danijela Ristic-Durrant



PhD, full professor,
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Niš, Serbia

December 2019 - June 2023: present, project coordinator, H2020 S2R project SMART2-Advanced integrated obstacle and track intrusion detection system for smart automation of rail transport  

October 2016: September 2019, project coordinator, H2020 S2R project SMART-SMart Automation of Rail Transport

July 2016: present, Associated Professor for the scientific field of automatic control and robotics at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Niš, Serbia

February 2011: January 2015, project manager, FP7-EU collaborative project CORBYS-Cognitive Control Framework for Robotic Systems

May 2007: present, postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Automation, University of Bremen, Germany

November 2002: April 2007, Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant at the Institute of Automation, University of Bremen, Germany

1993 - 2002: teaching assistant at the Department of Precise Mechanical Engineering and Automatic Control, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nis, Serbia

1998: M.Sc. degree in Automatic Control and Robotics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nis, Serbia

1992: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, field of Automatic Control, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nis, Serbia


  • Marten Franke, Chaitra Reddy, Danijela Ristic-Durrant, Jehan Jayawardana, Kai Michels, Milan Banic, Milos Simonovic, Towards holistic autonomous obstacle detection in railways by complementing of on-board vision with UAV-based object localization, 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Kyoto, Japan.
  • Rosić, S., Stamenković, D., Banić, M., Simonović, M., Ristić-Durrant, D., Ulianov, C., Analysis of the Safety Level of Obstacle Detection in Autonomous Railway Vehicles. Acta Polytechnica Hungarica, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2022. https://doi.org/10.12700/APH.19.3.2022.3.15
  • Mohammadzadeh Babr M., Faghihabdolahi M., Ristić-Durrant D., Michels K., Deep Learning-Based Occlusion Handling of Overlapped Plants for Robotic Grasping. Applied Sciences. 2022; 12(7):3655. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12073655
  • Ristić-Durrant, D., Franke, M., Michels, K., Nikolić, V., Banić, M., Simonović, M., (2021). Deep learning-based obstacle detection and distance estimation using object bounding box, Facta Universitatis, Series: Automatic Control and Robotics, Vol 20, No. 2 (2021). https://doi.org/10.22190/FUACR210319006R
  • M. Franke, V. Gopinath, C. Reddy, D. Ristić-Durrant and K. Michels, (2021). Bounding Box Dataset Augmentation for Long-range Object Distance Estimation, 2021 IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision Workshops (ICCVW), 2021, pp. 1669-1677, https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCVW54120.2021.00192.
  • Crea, S., Beckerle, P., De Looze, M., De Pauw, K., Grazi, L., Kermavnar, T., Masood. J., O’Sullivan, L., Pacifico, I., Rodriguez-Guerrero, C., Ristic-Durrant, D., Vitiello, N., Veneman, J. (2021). Occupational exoskeletons: A roadmap toward large-scale adoption. Methodology and challenges of bringing exoskeletons to workplaces. Wearable Technologies, 2, E11. https://doi.org/10.1017/wtc.2021.11
  • Ristić-Durrant, D., Franke, M.; Michels, K., A Review of Vision-Based On-Board Obstacle Detection and Distance Estimation in Railways. Sensors 2021, 21, 3452. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21103452.
  • Ristić-Durrant, D., Haseeb, MA., Banić, M., Stamenković, D., Simonović, M., Nikolić, D. SMART on-board multi-sensor obstacle detection system for improvement of rail transport safety. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. July 2021. https://doi.org/10.1177/09544097211032738
  • Ristić-Durrant D., Haseeb M.A., Franke M., Banić M., Simonović M., Stamenković D. (2020) Artificial Intelligence for Obstacle Detection in Railways: Project SMART and Beyond. In: Bernardi S. et al. (eds) Dependable Computing - EDCC 2020 Workshops. EDCC 2020. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1279. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58462-7_4
  • Kyrarini, M., Haseeb, M.A., Ristić-Durrant, D., Gräser, A. (2019). Robot learning of industrial assembly task via human demonstrations, Autonomous Robots (2019) 43: 239. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10514-018-9725-6.
  • Haseeb, M.A., Ristić-Durrant, D., Gräser, A., Banić, M., Stamenković, D. (2019) Multi-DisNet: Machine learning-based object distance estimation from multiple cameras, D. Tzovaras et al. (Eds.): ICVS 2019, LNCS 11754, pp. 457–469, 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019.
  • Haseeb, M.A., Ristić-Durrant, D., Gräser, A. (2019). A deep learning based autonomous distance estimation and tracking of multiple objects for improvement in safety and security in railways, BMV2019 workshop on Object Detection and Recognition for Security Screening (ODRSS2019).
  • Pavlovic M., Ciric I., Ristic-Durrant D., Nikolic V., Simonovic M., Ciric M., Banic M. (2018). Advanced Thermal Camera Based System for Object Detection on Rail Tracks, THERMAL SCIENCE 2018 22 (5):S1551-S1561.
  • Muhammad Abdul Haseeb, Jianyu Guan, Danijela Ristić-Durrant, Axel Gräser. (2018). DisNet: A novel method for distance estimation from monocular camera, 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - IROS 2018, 10th Workshop on Planning, Perception and Navigation for Intelligent Vehicles (PPNIV).
  • Muhammad Abdul Haseeb, Danijela Ristić-Durrant, Axel Gräser. (2018) Long-range obstacle detection from a monocular camera, ACM Computer Science in Cars Symposium (CSCS 2018), ECCV 2018.
  • A. Leu, M. Razavi, L. Langstädtler, D. Ristić-Durrant, H. Raffel, C. Schenck, A. Gräser, B. Kuhfuss (2017). Robotic green asparagus selective harvesting, 2017, Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on, DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2017.2735861
  • Kyrarini M., Haseeb M.A., Ristić-Durrant D., Gräser A. (2017). Robot Learning of Object Manipulation Task Actions from Human Demonstrations, 2017, Facta Universitatis, series: Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 15, No 2, 2017, pp. 217 - 229, DOI: 10.22190/FUME170515010K (FU Mech Eng)
  • Ivan T. Ćirić, Žarko M. Ćojbašić, Danijela D. Ristić-Durrant, Vlastimir D. Nikolić, Milica V. Ćirić, Miloš B. Simonović, Ivan R. Pavlović (2016). Thermal vision based intelligent system for human detection and tracking in mobile robot control system, Thermal Science 20(S5):S1553-S1559, December 2016, DOI: 10.2298/TSCI16S5553Ć
  • Gräser A., Heyer T., Fotoohi L., Lange U., Kampe H., Enjarini B., Heyer S., Fragkopoulos C., Ristić-Durrant D. (2013). A Supportive FRIEND at Work: Robotic Workplace Assistance for the Disabled, Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE, vol.20, no.4, pp.148-159, Dec. 2013.
  • Petrović E., Leu A, Ristić-Durrant D., Nikolić V. (2013)  Stereo-Vision Based Human Tracking for Robotic Follower, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, ISSN 1729-8806.
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