ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Sven Wachsmuth

Associate Fellow

Foto CITEC Central Lab Facilities,
Bielefeld University, Germany
E-Mail: swachsmu@techfak.uni-bielefeld.de


Sven Wachsmuth received the Diploma and Ph.D. degree in computer science from Bielefeld University, Germany, in 1997 and 2001. He did his habilitation in 2009 in the area of applied computer science. In 1997 he joined the Applied Informatics Group (Angewandte Informatik) at the Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University. From 1997 to 2000 he worked within the collaborative research centre 360 "Situated Artificial Communicators". Since 2001, he holds a faculty staff position at Bielefeld University, first as a senior researcher (akad. Rat) in the Applied Computer Science Group, then (since 2009) as a lecturer (akad. Oberrat). In Nov 2002, he took a sabbatical year supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Computer Science Department of the University of Toronto as a host of Prof. Sven Dickinson. Since 2008, he is the head of the central lab facilities of the Excellence Cluster 277 "Cognitive Interaction Technology".

Current Main Research Interests

Sven Wachsmuth's research interests include human-robot interaction, scene understanding, service robotics and cognitive assistance, as well as system integration and evaluation. In recent years, special emphasis has been placed on reproducible experimentation in robotics as an emerging cross-disciplinary topic. Since 1998, he has been involved in highly interdisciplinary research, combining perspectives and methods of pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, computer vision, linguistics and psycholinguistics. His work is based on a system-oriented approach, developing technology for experimentation and everyday life assistance. This includes work on robotic benchmarks, like RoboCup@Home, as well as interactive behaviours of robots, like hand-overs or attention strategies.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Lier, F., Kummert, J., Renner, P., & Wachsmuth, S. (2019). ToBI - Team of Bielefeld: Enhancing the Robot Capabilities of the Social Standard Platform Pepper. In RoboCup 2018: Robot World Cup XXII Preproceedings. RoboCup Federation, to appear
  • Wrede, S., Leichsenring, C., Holthaus, P., Hermann, T., & Wachsmuth, S. (2017). The Cognitive Service Robotics Apartment: A versatile environment for Human-Machine Interaction research. KI — Künstliche Intelligenz, 31, 299-304. doi:10.1007/s13218-017-0492-x
  • Swadzba, A., & Wachsmuth, S. (2014). A detailed analysis of a new 3D spatial feature vector for indoor scene classification. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62, 646-662. doi:10.1016/j.robot.2012.10.006
  • Lier, F., Wienke, J., Nordmann, A., Wachsmuth, S., & Wrede, S. (2014). The Cognitive Interaction Toolkit — Improving reproducibility of robotic systems experiments. In D. Brugali, J. F. Broenink, T. Kroeger, & B. A. MacDonald (Eds.), Lecture Notes in a: Vol. 8810. SIMPAR 2014, LNAI (pp. 400-411). Springer International Publishing Switzerland. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-11900-7_34
  • Johannsen, K., Swadzba, A., Ziegler, L., Wachsmuth, S., & de Ruiter, J. (2013). A computational model for reference object selection in spatial relations. In T. Tenbrink, J. Stell, A. Galton, & Z. Wood (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8116. Spatial Information Theory (pp. 358-376). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing.