Ipke Wachsmuth

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Ipke Wachsmuth (born March 27, 1950 in Rehren AO ) is a German university professor and researcher in the fields of artificial intelligence and cognitive science .


After attending elementary school and high school in Rinteln (Abitur 1968), Wachsmuth studied physics and mathematics at the Technical University in Hanover , where he graduated in mathematics in 1975 and in 1980 as a Dr. rer. nat. received his doctorate . Before his appointment to Bielefeld , he worked at Northern Illinois University (1981–83), Osnabrück University (1983–1985) and as a Research Fellow at IBM Germany (1986–88). Wachsmuth has been Professor of Knowledge-Based Systems since 1989(Artificial Intelligence) at Bielefeld University , where he teaches computer science and artificial intelligence. From 2002 to 2009 he was managing director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at the university. His main research interests are human-machine interaction and virtual reality .

Wachsmuth became known in professional circles, among other things, through the combination of classic symbolic techniques of knowledge representation with sub-symbolically represented, dynamic elements of gestures and facial expressions. These are used, for example, in the development of the MAX avatar . Wachsmuth has also been a driving force behind the Interdisciplinary College , an annual spring school in the fields of neurosciences, cognitive sciences, artificial intelligence and philosophy , since the 1990s .


  • People, Animals and Max: Natural Communication and Artificial Intelligence, Springer Spectrum 2013

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  1. http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/~skopp/max.html MAX - an Articulated Communicator
  2. http://www.interdisciplinary-college.de/