Prof. Dr. Jochen Steil

Institut für Robotik und Prozessinformatik
Mühlenpfordtstraße 23
38106 Braunschweig


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Research Interests:

Learning in robots and other artificial cognitive systems, human-robot interaction and collaboration, humanoid robots, soft robots, robot imitation learning, robot learning and system architectures, neural networks, and applications in robotics, Industrie 4.0, digitialization and the future of work.

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Current Projects

  • at Technische Universität Braunschweig

    • 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
    • DAAD Fellowship Rania Rayyes: Learning of dynamic robotic music play


    • continued at Bielefeld University

      • NRW Fortschrittskolleg Gestaltung flexibler Arbeitswelten (kurz: Arbeit 4.0): Feedback in Kinesthetic teaching and robot learning (S. Gopinatan)
      • CITEC graduate school project: Paramterized Skill Memories and Optimiziation (Jeffrey Queisser)

      Further finished projects see down below.

    Career Milestones

     since 10/2016 Professor of Robotics, Technische Universität Braunschweig
     2015 appointed Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University, UK
    2015-2019 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


    Finished Projects:

    • 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

    • EU collaboration projects

    • Industrial collaboration projects

      • 2012 - 2016 "Force Interaction Skill Learning"&&rdquo (Dr. J. Kober, Dr. Andre Lemme), R&D project with Honda Research Institute (HRI), co-supervisor Dr. M. Gienger
      • 2008 - 2011 "Goal-directed imitation learning from humans" (Dr. M. Mühlig), co-superviser Dr. M. Gienger, HRI
      • 2008 - 2011 “Interaktive Bedienhilfe in der ZSVA” (Dr. 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)
      • 2003 – 2007 “Viola: Visual Online Learning and Action” in cooperation with Honda Research Institute Europe, in cooperation with Dr. H. Wersing (HRI)


    • other projects and grants