Applied Informatics Group

M.Sc. Sebastian Schneider

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Name: M.Sc. Schneider Sebastian
Phone: +49 521 106-4352
Office: CITEC 1.226
Email: sebschne [AT]

About Sebastian

Sebastian Schneider studied Bioinformatics, Genome Research and Intelligent Systems at Bielefeld University, University of Helsinki and Aalto University. He received a B.Sc in Bioinformatics and Genome Research in 2009 and a M.Sc. in Intelligent Systems in 2011. Sebastian Schneider stayed in 2010  at Aldebaran Robotics in Paris to work on noise reduction techniques for embedded speech recognition systems. In his Master's thesis he investigated the effects of different assistive robot feedback strategies on participants during cognitive stress.  After completing his Master's degree, he joined the Applied Informatics Group and worked in the SocialRobots project on socially assistive robots to promote physical activity for long-term space missions.



At present he is a PhD student at the CITEC Graduate School and is supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Kummert. He is insterested in long-term Human Robot Interaction with a focus on socially assistive scenarios. In his research he investigates the influence of feedback, embodiment and companionship of robots on a user's motivation to exercise. He investigates how the presence and the feedback of a robot can boost the performance of humans. Thus, his work combines research in social psychology, sport science and computer science.
Further, he wants to explore how a system can interactively learn a user's preference and adapt to the user's task desires in sport scenarios. To investigate how online preference learning can be used in HRI, he adopts different bandit learning algorithms and evaluates the feasibility for real-time interaction and preference learning. He proposes that a personalized exercising program with a social robot will increase the engagement of the user to interact with such a system and will influence the working alliance. This work is part of the Sports Companion Project.  



  • 63rd International Astronautical Congress. Social Robots for Long-Term Space Missions. Napoli, 2012
  • 3rd International Conferene on Human-Agent Interaction, Daegu, Korea, 2015
  • 1st International Workshop on Socially Interactive Robots, Humanoids, Daegu, Korea, 2015
  • International Conference on Social Robotics. Effects of Different Robot Interaction Strategies During Cognitive Tasks. Chengdu, 2012
  • New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction. How Socially Assistive Robots Supporting on Cognitive Tasks Perform. London, 2014


  • Master Thesis Florian Berner, SoSe 2012
  • Master Thesis Michael Goerlich, SoSe 2015
  • Bachelor Thesis Alexander Neumann, SoSe 2015


  • Seminar Social Robotics, SS 2014
  • Seminar Ethische und Soziale Aspekte kognitiver System, SS2014
  • Seminar Social Robotics, SS 2015
  • Applied Social Robotics, WS 2015
  • Applied Social Robotics, WS 2016

Recent Best Paper/Poster Awards

Goal Babbling of Acoustic-Articulatory Models with Adaptive Exploration Noise
Philippsen A, Reinhart F, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) 


Are you talking to me? Improving the robustness of dialogue systems in a multi party HRI scenario by incorporating gaze direction and lip movement of attendees
Richter V, Carlmeyer B, Lier F, Meyer zu Borgsen S, Kummert F, Wachsmuth S, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human-agent Interaction (HAI) 


"Look at Me!": Self-Interruptions as Attention Booster?
Carlmeyer B, Schlangen D, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (HAI)


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