MANFRED EPPE

I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Knowledge Technology Institute at the University of Hamburg. Before coming to Hamburg, I was a postdoctoral fellow¬†at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at the University of California at Berkeley. My research concerns Human Robot Interaction using natural language and other human-friendly interfaces. I also work on neuronal approaches for semantic data representation. Before coming to Berkeley, I was based at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) in Bercelona, Spain, within the COINVENT project. Here, I worked on AI methods for concept representation and concept blending. I obtained my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bremen, Germany in 2014, where I gained a background in robotic applications of logical formalizations of epistemic action theory and commonsense reasoning in assistive service robotics and smart environments. My Master’s thesis was on robot localization (SLAM).

I am also involved in the development of the ExpCog framework. ExpCog is a high-level cognitive robotics framework which allows one to seamlessly combine diverse cognitive reasoning methods and to apply these in a wide range of robotic control platforms like ROS or iCub. ExpCog’s reasoning methods range from action calculi like the Event Calculus, Situation Calculus or the HPX-formalism over BDI based implementations to qualitative spatial reasoning.

I am always open for collaborations and new ideas, so please do not hesitate to contact me.

Artificial Intelligence | Robotics | Cognitive Science