CITEC Congratulates Jeffrey Queisser on Successful Dissertation

In a joint project with Dr.-Ing. Milad Malekzadeh (Braunschweig University of Technology), Queisser developed an electronic memory. This helps the robot, for instance, to orient itself while picking apples.On 28 August 2018, Jeffrey Queisser successfully completed his dissertation. He was a member of the “Cognitive Robots and Learning” research group at the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR Lab), as well as the “Machine Learning” group (led by Prof. Dr. Barbara Hammer), which belongs to the Faculty of Technology and the Cluster of Excellence CITEC.

Queisser’s dissertation is titled “Multi-modal Skill Memories for Online Learning of Interactive Robot Movement Generation.” The committee members who evaluated his work included Prof. Dr. Britta Wrede (Applied Informatics, Bielefeld University), Prof. Dr. Barbara Hammer (Machine Learning, Bielefeld University), Professor Dr. Jochen Steil (Institute for Robotics and Process Control, Braunschweig University of Technology), Dr. Freek Stulp (Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, German Aerospace Center), and Dr. Qiang Li (Neuroinformatics, Bielefeld University).

In his dissertation research, Jeffrey Queisser was investigating how robots can learn complex tasks. He researched scenarios in which, for instance, a robot has to pick an apple from different positions, or make sounds with a drum. “In these situations, having a kind of memory helps the robot to adjust its movements to changes in the environment. In addition to this, memory helps when it comes to precisely performing movements,” as Queisser explains.


Jeffrey Queisser successfully completed his doctoral dissertation.Starting on 1 September 2018, Jeffry Queisser will be working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan.

We congratulate Jeffrey Queisser on his successful dissertation at CITEC, and wish him all the best for the future.