Short Biography

I am a Computer Science PhD Student at Arizona State University and part of the Interactive Robotics Lab lead by Prof. Heni Ben Amor. As part of the lab, I mainly work on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a strong focus on neural networks. Prior to this, I received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Engineering and Computing from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. During my time in Germany, I was a member of the Humanoid Robotics Group Freiberg under the lead of Prof. Bernhard Jung.

Throughout my academic career, I have worked on bridging the gap between cognition and robotics by using modern approaches to artificial intelligence. More specifically, I’ve implemented natural language processing methodologies to enhance imitation learning. The novelty of my work lies in using language as a natural interface for humans to convey their intention to the robot alongside traditional imitation learning. This allows robots to quickly adapt to new tasks as well as fast transfer learning between different robots with a limited amount of additional training. My recent work on this topic, presented at the Southwest Robotics Symposium 2019, was awarded the best poster award by NVIDIA.


  • 2017 - Projected 2021 PhD Computer Science

    School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
    Arizona State University, USA

  • 2015 - 2016 M.Sc. Engineering & Computing

    Master of Science
    Technische Universität Freiberg, Germany

  • 2011 - 2015 B.Sc. Engineering & Computing

    Bachelor of Science
    Technische Universität Freiberg, Germany

Selected Publications

These are my most recent Conference and/or Journal papers. To see all publications, please follow the link below.

More Publications

Probabilistic Multimodal Modeling for Human-Robot Interaction Tasks

Robotics: Science and Systems 2019
Joseph Campbell, Simon Stepputtis, Heni Ben Amor

Improved Exploration through Latent Trajectory Optimization in Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient

Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2019
Kevin Sebastian Luck, Mel Vecerik, Simon Stepputtis, Heni Ben Amor, Jonathan Scholz

Learning Interactive Behaviors for Musculoskeletal Robots using Bayesian Interaction Primitives

Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2019
Joseph Campbell, Arne Hitzmann, Simon Stepputtis, Shuhei Ikemoto, Koh Hosoda, Heni Ben Amor

List of Publications

Complete list of all my Journal, Conference and Workshop contributions

Research Projects

Below you can find a quick overview of my research projects from the past years. For more information, please visit the research section.

Research Projects