University of Aberdeen


Computing Science

self portraitSeverin Fichtl, PhD

Honorary Research Assistant.
Previously PhD Student under supervision of Frank Guerin

Department of Computing Science
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3UE

Phone: +44 07407 263555
email: s.fichtl at outlook . com

About me

I graduated with a PhD in Computing Science from Aberdeen University in November 2015. My research area during my PhD was the learning of object pair manipulation affordances in a developmental way and I am interested in Developmental Robotics, Modelling Cognitive Development, General Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. From April to December 2015 I worked as Research Assistant at the University of Southern Denmark, where I continued my research in the field of Developmental Robotics.

Since April 2016 I am working fulltime as Software Engineer for Aeolus Robotics, a San Francisco (US) based Robotics start-up, where I am developing parts of the Robotic Vision and Planning modules.
As a side project I am working for Wei Pang on the AIRSYB project, a machine learning project for finding and optimising Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE) based models of Biological and Chemical processes.


TCDS 2016: Bootstrapping Relational Affordances of Object Pairs using Transfer [bibtex]
IROS 2015: Using Relational Histogram Features and Action Labelled Data to Learn Preconditions for Means-End Actions [Workshop Presentation Slides]
ICRA 2014: Learning Spatial Relationships From 3D Vision Using Histograms [bibtex] [Presentation Slides]
ICDL-EpiRob 2013: Learning Spatial Relations Between Objects From 3D Scenes [bibtex] [Poster]
Dagstuhl Seminar Report: Mechanisms of Ongoing Development in Cognitive Robotics (Dagstuhl Seminar 13072) [bibtex]
Paladyn 2012: Learning Object Relationships which determine the Outcome of Actions [bibtex]
ICDL-EpiRob 2012: Rapidly Learning Preconditions for Means-Ends Behaviour Using Active Learning [bibtex] [Poster]


Video overview of Motivation and approach to Spatial Relation learning


PhD Thesis: Developmental Learning of Preconditions for Means-End Actions from 3D Vision
MSc Thesis: Making Artificial Intelligence which Copies the Way Babies Learn
MSc Literature Review: Making Artificial Intelligence which Copies the Way Babies Learn
BSc Thesis: Using a Parallel Solution to the Santa Claus Problem to Investigate the LEGO Robot's Bluetooth Functionality

Academic Curriculum Vitae

01 April 2015 - 31 December 2015
Research Assistant
University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense (Denmark)

01 October 2011 - 26 November 2015
Doctor of Philosophy in Computing Science
University of Aberdeen
King's College, AB24 3FX Aberdeen (United Kingdom)

18 September 2010 - 02 September 2011
Master of Science in Advanced Computing Science (Artificial Intelligence)
University of Aberdeen
King's College, AB24 3FX Aberdeen (United Kingdom)

01 September 2009 - 18 June 2010
Bachelor of Science with Honours with First Class Honours in Computing
Edinburgh Napier University
Craiglockhart Campus, EH14 1DJ Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

01 September 2006 - 31 August 2010
Bachelor of Engineering in Communications Engineering
Hochschule Ulm
10 Prittwitzstraße, 89075 Ulm (Germany)