Robotics is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to build and execute behavior, with the ultimate goal of creating machines that can operate autonomously in dynamic and uncertain environments. As such, it can benefit from insights from other areas of study, including biology and psychology. By studying the behavior of animals, including humans, we can gain insights into how they exhibit generalization capabilities, problem-solving skills, and adaptivity, and apply these insights to improve the performance of current robots. However, this requires not only applying established research methodologies, but also developing new research methodologies that are better suited to studying the underlying principles of intelligent behavior.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany's Excellence Strategy - EXC 2002/1 "Science of Intelligence" - project number 390523135.
Soft Manipulation (SoMa) - funded by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 program, award number 645599, May 2015 - April 2019.
Alexander von Humboldt professorship - awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation and funded through the Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF, July 2009 - June 2014