About me

Matthias Rolf

Hi there! I am Senior Lecturer (the UK equivalent of an assistant or associate professor) at Oxford Brookes University. I'm conducting research in the areas of developmental robotics and machine learning. Particular interests are the development of goal systems, efficient exploration schemes for sensorimotor coordination (goal babbling), neural networks and models for cross-modal attention (see Research).
E-Mail: ku.ca.sekoorb@florm

Selected Publications

  • Rolf, M., and J.J. Steil, "Efficient exploratory learning of inverse kinematics on a bionic elephant trunk", IEEE Trans. Neural Networks and Learning Systems 25(6), pp. 1147-1160, 2013. (pdf
  • Rolf, M., and J.J. Steil, "Explorative Learning of Inverse Models: a Theoretical Perspective", Neurocomputing 131(5), pp. 2-14, 2013. (pdf
  • Rolf, M., J.J. Steil, and M. Gienger, "Online Goal Babbling for rapid bootstrapping of inverse models in high dimensions", IEEE Int. Conf. Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (Best Student Paper Award), Frankfurt, IEEE, 08/2011. (pdf)
  • Rolf, M., M. Hanheide, and K.J. Rohlfing, "Attention via Synchrony: Making Use of multimodal Cues in Social Learning", IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development 1(1), pp. 55-67, 05/2009. (pdf)



  • 2008-2012: Ph.D. degree in engineering (Dr.-Ing.) in the CoR-Lab, Bielefeld University for my thesis "Goal babbling for an efficient bootstrapping of inverse models in high dimensions", graded "summa cum laude".
  • 2010: Visiting research student in the Hosoda Lab, Osaka University, Japan
  • 2003-2008: Master degree in computer science (Dipl.-Inform.) in natural science with minor in robotics at the Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University with the thesis "Audiovisual Attention via Synchrony", graded "with distinction". 

Award and Honors

Scientific Activities

  • Editorial board member of Frontiers in Robotics and AI
  • Publicity co-chair of IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2015
  • Publication co-chair of IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2013
  • Reviewer for journals: IEEE Trans. Autonomous Mental Development, IEEE Trans. Robotics, IEEE Trans. Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Adaptive Behavior, Cognitive Processing, Mechatronics, Journal of Algorithms
  • Reviewer for conferences: ICDL-EpiRob 2014-2011, Humanoids 2014, ICRA 2014, HRI 2013, ICONIP 2012, ICANN 2011