Prof. Dr. Jochen Steil

Institut für Robotik und Prozessinformatik
Mühlenpfordtstraße 23


Tue, 13:00-14:00, pls schedule via email
38106 Braunschweig




+49 (531) 391-7450


j.steil (AT) / jsteil (AT)

ORCID: 0000-0002-6738-9933

Research Interests:

Learning in robots and other artificial cognitive systems, human-robot interaction and collaboration, humanoid robots, soft robots, robot imitation learning, robot learning and system architectures, neural networks, machine learning applications in robotics and automation, Industrie 4.0, digitialization and the future of work.

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Current Projects

  • OrDiLe: Orientierung in digitalen Lebenswelten, part of BMBF project cluster Integrierte Forschung
  • EVO-MTI: robotic testing of exoskeletons with Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg, and further partners
  • DAAD Fellowship Chukwoka Ojiugwo: Multi-agent reinforcement learning
  • member of Platform Lernende Systeme, AG Mensch-Maschine Interaktion
  • head of Kommission Synergie und Intelligenz: technische, ethische und rechtliche Herausforderungen des Zusammenwirkens lebender und nicht-lebender Entitäten im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung (SYnENZ) der Braunschweigischen Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft (BWG)

Further finished projects see down below.

Career Milestones

 2023, March-August Fellow of Theoretical Sciences Visiting Programm at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
 since 02/2023 Co-Founder and CEO of Spin-off Gauss Robotics GmbH
 2015 - 2021 Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University, UK
 since 10/2016 Professor of Robotics, Technische Universität Braunschweig
2015-2019 Coordinator of H2020 CogIMon - Cognitive Compliant Interaction in Motion
2013 on leave as full professor to Oxford Brookes University, UK (Sept-Dec)
2012/13 fellow of ZiF group on "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain"
2010-14 Coordinator FP7 AMARSi: Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills with 10 partner, 7 Mio funding
2008 appointed apl. Professor for Neuroinformatics at Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University
2007/08 managing director of Excellence Center Cognitive Interaction Technology
since 2007 managing director of CoR-Lab
2006 principal scientist at the Honda Research Institute Europe, Offenbach, March-July
2006 habilitation at the Faculty of Technology  and venia legendi in Neuroinformatics
2002 tenured senior researcher (Akad. Rat)
1999 PhD. Degree (Dr. rer. nat) with a Dissertation on "Input-Output Stability of Recurrent Neural Networks"
1995/96 German Academic Exchange Foundation (DAAD) fellowship at St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia
1993 diploma in mathematics from the Bielefeld University


Finished Projects:

CogIMon: Cognitive Compliant Interaction in Motion

  • H2020 CogIMon: Cognitive Compliant Interaction in Motion, 2015-2020, eight partner, 7 Mio total funding, with Aude Billard, Auke Ijspeert, Martin Giese, Nikos Tsagarakis, Darwin Caldwell, Mikel Mistry, Andrea d'Avella, Yuri Ivanenko, Etinne Burdet, Sebastian Wrede


Spitzencluster it's-owl
(leading edge cluster in intelligent technical systems, a regional initiative of industry and academia towards innovation in technical systems). Main subprojects:

  • Querschnittsprojekt: Human-Machine Interaction (coordinator, with Dr. S. Wrede, Prof. S. Kopp)
  • Querschnittsprojekt: Self-Optimization (coordination: F. Reinhart, researcher W. Aswolinskiy, Dr. Z. Sharif)
  • Innovationsproject: FlexIMon/FlexIMir (Flexibles Montagekonzept) with Harting Technology Group (coordinator Dr. S. Wrede, researcher C. Dreyer, M. Wojtynek)
  • several small-scale transfer projects with industrial partners Boge, Hanning, Steute and others


EU collaboration projects


Industrial collaboration projects

  • 2012 - 2016 "Force Interaction Skill Learning"&&rdquo (Dr. J. Kober, Dr. Andre Lemme), R&D project with Honda Research Institute (HRI), co-supervisor Dr. M. Gienger
  • 2008 - 2011 "Goal-directed imitation learning from humans" (Dr. M. Mühlig), co-superviser Dr. M. Gienger, HRI
  • 2008 - 2011 “Interaktive Bedienhilfe in der ZSVA” (Dr. S. Ruether), R&D project with industry partner Miele Professional, Miele & Cie. KG, co-supervisor Dr. T. Hermann, Prof. Dr. S. Kopp
  • 2008 - 2011  Neural learning of flexible full body motion" (M. Rolf),  R&D project with Honda Research Institute (HRI) in cooperation with Dr. M. Gienger
  • 2006 - 2011  ALEGRO: Autonomous Learning of Generative Representations of Objects" (Dr. A. Denecke),  R&D project with Honda Research Institute (HRI) in cooperation with Dr. H. Wersing (HRI)
  • 2003 – 2007 “Viola: Visual Online Learning and Action” in cooperation with Honda Research Institute Europe, in cooperation with Dr. H. Wersing (HRI)


other projects and grants

  • CITEC graduate school project: Paramterized Skill Memories and Optimiziation (Jeffrey Queisser) 
  • NRW Fortschrittskolleg Gestaltung flexibler Arbeitswelten (kurz: Arbeit 4.0): Feedback in Kinesthetic teaching and robot learning (S. Gopinatan)
  • 2014/2015 Fellowship: Kinesthetic teaching of human-like motions (W. Lui)
  • CITEC (Excellence Center in Cognitive Interaction Technology, Bielefeld University)
  • CoR-Lab 2011/2012: Goal-Babbling: Online Exploration of redundant inverse mappings (Dr. M. Rolf)
  • 2011-2012 Calibration Free Hand-Eye Coordination (A. Freire), DAAD co-funded PhD grant in cooperation with Prof. G. Baretto, Fortaleza, Brazil
  • 2006-2010 project C4 “Adaptive Alignment in Human-Robot-Cooperation” in special
    research unit (SFB) 673 “Alignment in Communication” with Prof. Ritter
  • “Haptic object classification by recursive networks in anthropomorphic grasping”,
    DAAD funded cooperation with Prof. A. Sperduti, Padua, Italy
  • 01/2003 – 12/2005 project D6 “Architectures for Learning by Imitation in Speech-action Systems” in SFB 360 “Situated Artificial Communicators” with Prof. Ritter