Dr. rer. nat. Malte Schilling

Room: FBIIS 1.414
Phone: +49 (0)521 106-12125
Fax: +49 (0)521 106-2992
Email: mschilli'at'techfak.uni-bielefeld.de

Short CV

Malte Schilling is a Responsible Investigator at the Center of Excellence for Cognitive Interaction Technology in Bielefeld. His work concentrates on internal models, their grounding in behaviour and their application in higher-level cognitive function like planning ahead or communication.

Before going back to Bielefeld he staid for two years in Berkeley as a PostDoc and did research on the connection of higher-level linguistic representation to sensorimotor representation as part of the Neural Theory of Language project. During a stay at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris he worked on the embodiment of language and the connections between internal models and language.

He received his PhD in Biology at the University of Bielefeld in January, 2010. His PhD project focuses on the control of a hexapod robot, applying insights from biological experiments with stick insects on a reactive control model, and enhancing this control through cognitive capabilities by introducing an internal body model implemented as a recurrent neuronal network. After finishing his PhD he became a Responsible Investigator at the Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), University of Bielefeld.

He has studied Computer Science (artificial intelligence as a main subject) from 1997-2003 at the University of Bielefeld and finished the Diploma with his thesis on knowledgebased systems in the context of virtual environments.

Research Interests

Current research interests include cognitive science - especially internal models, their connection to meaning and their application in planing ahead -, neural networks and Artificial Intelligence.


  • Seminar Mentale Repr√§sentationen


Schilling, M., Hoinville, T., Schmitz, J. & Cruse, H. (2013), Walknet, a bio-inspired controller for hexapod walking: a review. Accepted by Biological Cybernetics, in press doi: 10.1007/s00422-013-0563-5

Cruse, H. & Schilling, M. (2013), How and to what end may consciousness contribute to action? Attributing properties of consciousness to an embodied, minimally cognitive artificial neural network. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(324). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00324

Schilling, M. & Narayanan, S. (2013), Communicating with Executable Action Representations. In Proceedings of AAAI Spring Symposium Series 2013, Stanford, http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/SSS/SSS13/paper/view/5772/5944

Schilling, M., Rohlfing, K., & Cruse, H. (2012). Prediction as internal simulation: Taking chances in what to do next. Frontiers in Psychology, 3(405). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00405

Schilling, M., & Cruse, H. (2012). What's next: Recruitment of a grounded predictive body model for planning a robot's actions. Frontiers in Cognition, 3(383) doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00383

Schilling, M. (2011), Universally manipulable body models - dual quaternion representations in layered and dynamic MMCs, Autonomous Robots, Vol. 30(4); pages 399-425.

Schilling, M., Cruse, H. & Arena, P. (2007). Hexapod walking: an expansion to walknet dealing with leg amputations and force oscillations. Biological Cybernetics, 96(3), pages 323-340.