Room: MAR 5.065
Office hours: Thursday 14-16h (please make an appointment)
I am interested in robots who learn autonomously from their own interaction how to successfully manipulate their environment. Learning happens on many levels: I am particularily interested in the boundary between low-level sensorimotor learning and high-level reasoning. My recent work deals with the autonomous acquisition of high-level relational models for discovery of an object's degrees of freedom .
Previously I have been working at the labs of Luc Steels at Sony CSL Paris and the VUB in Brussels on evolutionary linguistics (c.f. this introductory paper). I was working on a project dealing with autonomous grounding of action language , and linguistics projects on computational modeling of grammatical agreement  (PDF, 729,0 KB) as well as of complex grammatical features of Polish .
For my master thesis, I was working at the Neurorobotics lab under the guidance of Manfred Hild. I was studying the question how a humanoid robot can acquire a compact representation  of its prioprioceptive sensory input, using Slow Feature Analysis (c.f. Scholarpedia). The main goal was to learn to classify the robot's postures in an unsupervised manner .
Junior researcher at the Robotics & Biology Lab, TU Berlin (Oliver Brock).
Research assistant at the AI Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (Luc Steels).
Diploma in computer sciences with minor subject philosophy at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin).
My diploma thesis Applications of Slow Feature Analysis in Humanoid Robotics received the Best Thesis Award 2011 (Institutspreis 2011) by the HU Berlin Department of Computer Science.
Internship at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris (Luc Steels).
Student assistant at the Labor für Neurorobotik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Manfred Hild).