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The CoR-Lab: The Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) has been founded at the Bielefeld University in July 2007 to face the enormous challenges implied by creating intelligent systems and robots. CoR-Lab investigates artificial cognition, computer vision, neural networks, and robot learning. It takes a leading role in the BMBF-funding German leading edge cluster in "Intelligent Technical Systems", a joint endeavour of regional industry and academia. More than 60 researchers on all levels are involved in CoR-Lab projects. The CoR-Lab is headed by a scientific directorium (Prof. J. Steil, Prof. H. Ritter, Prof. G. Sagerer, Prof. E. Körner) and administred by  Prof. J. Steil (Managing Director) and Dr. Carola Haumann (Manging Director Graduate School). Within CoR-Lab, J. Steil is  the head of a research group "cognitive robotics and learning".

Career Milestones

2015 appointed Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University, UK
2015-2018 Coordinator of H2020 CogIMon - Cognitive Compliant Interaction in Motion
2013 on leave as full professor to Oxford Brookes University, UK (Sept-Dec)
2012/13 fellow of ZiF group on "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain"
2010-14 Coordinator FP7 AMARSi: Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills with 10 partner, 7 Mio funding
2008 appointed apl. Professor for Neuroinformatics at Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University
2007/08 managing director of Excellence Center Cognitive Interaction Technology
since 2007 managing director of CoR-Lab
2006 principal scientist at the Honda Research Institute Europe, Offenbach, March-July
2006 habilitation at the Faculty of Technology  and venia legendi in Neuroinformatics
2002 tenured senior researcher (Akad. Rat)
1999 PhD. Degree (Dr. rer. nat) with a Dissertation on "Input-Output Stability of Recurrent Neural Networks"
1995/96 German Academic Exchange Foundation (DAAD) fellowship at St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia
1993 diploma in mathematics from the Bielefeld University


Research Interests:

Learning in robots and other artificial cognitive systems, learning and stability in recurrent networks, reservoir networks and nonlinear dynamics, representation in dynamical systems, robot  imitation learning, robot learning and system architectures, generative learning.



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Current Projects in Cognitive Robotics & Learning (CoR-Lab):

  • FP7/H2020 projects

    • H2020 CogIMon: Cognitive Compliant Interaction in Motion, 2015-2019, 7 partner, 7 Mio total funding, with Aude Billard, Auke Ijspeert, Martin Giese, Nikos Tsagarakis, Darwin Caldwell, Mikel Mistry, Andrea d'Avella, Yuri Ivanenko, Etinne Burdet
    • FP7 ECHORD++: CoHRos - Collaborative Programming of Highly Redundant Robots with welding robot manufacturer Carl Cloos Schweißtechnik, 2015- 2016
  • Spitzencluster it's-owl
    (leading edge cluster in intelligent technical systems, a regional initiative of industry and academia towards innovation in technical systems). Main subprojects:

    • Querschnittsprojekt: Human-Machine Interaction (coordinator, with Dr. S. Wrede, Prof. S. Kopp)
    • Querschnittsprojekt: Self-Optimization (coordination: F. Reinhart, researcher W. Aswolinskiy, Dr. Z. Sharif)
    • Innovationsproject: FlexIMon/FlexIMir (Flexibles Montagekonzept) with Harting Technology Group (coordinator Dr. S. Wrede, researcher C. Dreyer, M Wojtinek)
    • several small-scale transfer projects with industrial partners Boge, Hanning, Steute and others
  • further projects:

    • NRW Fortschrittskolleg Gestaltung flexibler Arbeitswelten (kurz: Arbeit 4.0): Feedback in Kinesthetic teaching and robot learning (S. Gopinatan)
    • CITEC interdisciplinary project: GoToGoal: experimental investigation of goal babbling, with Prof. M. Ernst (researcher: Dr. K. Narioka)
    • CITEC graduate school project: Paramterized Skill Memories and Optimiziation (Jeffrey Queisser)
    • DAAD Fellowship Rania Rayyes: Learning of dynamic robotic music play
  • Industrial R&D collaboration projects

    • Force Interaction Skill Learning&&rdquo (Dr. Andre Lemme), R&D project with industry partner Honda Research Institute GmbH, co-supervisor Dr. M. Gienger   “
    • FlexIMiR: Flexibles Montagekonzept mit interaktiver Robotik, R&D project with industry partner Harting Technology Group within Spitzencluster it's OWL

Finished Projects:

  • 2014/2015 Fellowship: Kinesthetic teaching of human-like motions (W. Lui)
  • 2012-2015 Flexibles Montagekonzept durch Autonome Fertigungsinseln (C. Dreyer, M. Wojtinek), R&D project with industry partner Harting Technology Group with Spitzencluster its-owl coordinator Dr. S. Wrede
  • 2010 -2014 AMARSi: Adaptive Modular Architecturs for Rich Motor Skills, large scale FP7-IP project, 10 partner, 7 Mio funding, www.amarsi-project.org
  • 2012 - 2014 FP7-ECHORD experiment MoFTaG: Model-Free Trajectory Generation through kinesthetic teaching of task and configuration for redundant robots
  • CITEC (Excellence Center in Cognitive Interaction Technology)
  • 2011/2012: Goal-Babbling: Online Exploration of redundant inverse mappings (Dr. M. Rolf)
  • 2011-2012 Calibration Free Hand-Eye Coordination (A. Freire), DAAD co-funded PhD grant in cooperation with Prof. G. Baretto, Fortaleza, Brazil
  • 2008-2011 Goal-directed imitation learning from humans (Dr. M. Mühlig), co-superviser Dr. M. Gienger, HRI
  • 2008-2011: “Interaktive Bedienhilfe in der ZSVA” (S. Ruether), R&D project with industry partner Miele Professional, Miele & Cie. KG, co-supervisor Dr. T. Hermann, Prof. Dr. S. Kopp
  • 2008-2011, Neural learning of flexible full body motion (M. Rolf),  R&D project with Honda Research Institute (HRI) in cooperation with Dr. M. Gienger
  • 2006-2011, ALEGRO: Autonomous Learning of Generative Representations of Objects (Dr. A. Denecke),  R&D project with Honda Research Institute (HRI) in cooperation with Dr. H. Wersing (HRI)
  • 2006-2010 project C4 “Adaptive Alignment in Human-Robot-Cooperation” in special
    research unit (SFB) 673 “Alignment in Communication” with Prof. Ritter
  • “Haptic object classification by recursive networks in anthropomorphic grasping”,
    DAAD funded cooperation with Prof. A. Sperduti, Padua, Italy
  • 04/2003 – 03/2007 “Viola: Visual Online Learning and Action” in cooperation with Honda Research Institute Europe, Offenbachin cooperation with Dr. H. Wersing (HRI)
  • 01/2003 – 12/2005 project D6 “Architectures for Learning by Imitation in Speech-action Systems” in SFB 360 “Situated Artificial Communicators” with Prof. Ritter