Research Area "Neurocybernetics"

Research topics

Doctorate Programme
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Osnabrück

People: Arndt von Twickel

Dipl.-Biol. Arndt von Twickel

Department of Human Sciences
Institute of Cognitive Science
Albrechtstrasse 28
49069 Osnabrück

Phone: +49 541 969 -3364
Fax: +49 541 969 -3381

Office: 31/429

Academic Career

1998 - 2004
Study of biology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn with a major in zoology (focus on neurobiology) and minors in cell biology and computer science (focus on neuroinformatics)
2000 - 2001
Research projects at the GMD-Forschungszentrum Informationstechnik GmbH, Team Biomimetic Autonomous Robots (BAR) in Sankt Augustin, supervised by Dr. Frank Kirchner, and at the Institut des Sciences Cognitives, CNRS, Bron, France, supervised by Dr. Jean-René Duhamel
2003 - 2005
Research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems (AiS INDY), Sankt Augustin
Diploma in biology (with honours), Title of the diploma thesis "Obstacle perception by scorpions and robots - From biology to robotics via physical simulation and evolving neural networks", supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Heinzel (Bonn) and Prof. Dr. Frank Pasemann (Sankt Augustin)
2005 - 2006
Research assistant at the Institute for Theoretical Biology, University of Bonn, supervised by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Alt
Research assistant at the Institute for Zoology, University of Cologne, supervised by Prof. Dr. Ansgar Büschges
since 2006
Research associate at the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück
Short-term fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin (focus group "Functional and Structural Constraints in the Evolution of Sensorimotor Networks")

Research Interests

control of walking (from the perspective of neurobiology and robotics), evolutionary robotics and artificial life, behaviour control in the sensori-motor loop, physical simulations, recurrent neural networks (especially aspects of modularity, synchronization and multifunctionality)


You will find a list with my publications here and as Bibtex here.