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Prof. Dr. Josef Schmitz
Associate Professor

Prof. Dr. Josef Schmitz

Room number: W1 - 113
Phone: +49 (0)521 - 106 5532
Fax: +49 (0)521 - 106 89010



    Research Interests 

neurobiology, invertebrate neurophysiology, neuroethology, biological cybernetics and systems theory, motor control, control of legged locomotion in insects and crustaceans, biorobotics





    Curriculum Vitae 

Josef Schmitz is an associate professor at Bielefeld University in the Biological Cybernetics group of the Faculty of Biology. He is also a Responsible Investigator of CITEC (Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technologies) and scientific director of ISBionics within the IIT GmbH (Institute for Innovation Transfer) at the University of Bielefeld. He has studied Chemistry and Biology at the University of Kaiserslautern and received his first degree in Neurophysiology in 1980. After moving to Bielefeld University he received a Ph.D. in Neurobiology (in the group of Holk Cruse) and completed his Habilitation in Zoology. His research is centered on the neurobiology of animal locomotion and he is interested in the intersection between biology, biomechatronics and robotics. He is applying a cross-disciplinary research approach using simulations and robots to get a better understanding of animal locomotion and movement control. He is also using inspiration from biology to design improved types of walking robots and novel locomotion controllers. He has collaborated with several well renowned research groups studying insect, cat, or crayfish locomotion (Keir Pearson, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; Francois Clarac, CNRS Marseille, France; Sasha Zill, Huntington, USA). He is regularly invited to give talks on these topics in symposia and summer schools, published nearly 100 scientific papers, book chapters and conference contributions, acted as reviewer for several neurobiology and robotics journals, and was a member of two expert boards for the development of VDI-guidelines in ‘Bionic Information Processing’ and ‘Bionic Robots’. As PI he has taken part in several national and international research focus programs in the realm of biologically inspired robotics where he collaborated with engineers in order to design and build bionic robots.