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Welcome to my webpage which introduces myself and my research.

Short Bio

I am a researcher in the FLOWERS team of Pierre-Yves Oudeyer at Inria (Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique) in Bordeaux, France.

I did my PhD in the Neural Computation Unit of Prof. Dr. Kenji Doya at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). Before my PhD, I did a Bachelor and a Master degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück in Germany. During my studies, I visited the Chuo University in Tokyo for a semester abroad and OIST for a research internship.

Before my academic education I did a three-year vocational training to be a certified software developer in a small German company. I also worked as an independent software developer during my undergraduate studies.

Please have a look at my biography if you would like to know more.

Research Interests

I am generally interested in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. My main focus are learning mechanisms.

I am fascinated by the impressive learning abilities of humans and animals. We are able to adapt efficiently to new and diverse environments and tasks. I want to develop learning algorithms, which allow artificial systems such as robots to have similar learning abilities. I believe one way of achieving this goal is to use the principles behind the learning mechanisms of our brains for AI algorithms.

Here is a list of research fields in which I am active:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Evolutionary Algorithms
  • Optimization Algorithms
  • Transfer Learning
  • Neural Networks
  • Cognitive Science
  • Cognitive Modeling
My research page lists some of my ongoing and completed research projects.
You can also find a chronological list of papers and other documents on my publications page.