I was born in Prague, Czech Republic. I received my Mgr. (M.Sc.) degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2006. Between 2006 and 2013 I completed my PhD degree and then served as senior research associate at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Zurich, Switzerland (Prof. Rolf Pfeifer). In May 2013 I joined the iCub Facility of the Italian Institute of Technology with Prof. Giorgio Metta. Between 2014 and 2016 I was supported by a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher Fellowship iCub Body Schema.
In January 2017, I joined the Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Czech Technical University in Prague where I'm leading a small team dedicated to investigating the mechanisms of body and peripersonal space representations and the applications thereof in robotics: automatic self-calibration and physical human-robot interaction (supported by the Czech Science Foundation Junior Grant).
My main research interest is embodied cognition. In particular, I am interested in the mechanisms underlying body representations and sensorimotor contingencies in humans and their implications for increasing the autonomy, resilience and robustness of robots.
Please see the Research tab for more information.
16.1.2017: I will give a talk at the Society for Cognitive Science and Philosophy seminar: 24.1. 18:00 at Philosophical Faculty (seminar page).
28.6.2016: I'm co-organizing a Workshop on development of body representations at ICDL-Epirob 2016.
5.6.2016: Interviews about my research in Pravda newspaper and Dennik N (both in Slovak).
4.5.2016: Tomorrow, Scientific Cafe with two other Marie Curie fellows: Humans & machines in equilibrium.
10.4.2016: Slides (English) and video (Czech/Slovak) from talk at Bratislava robotics seminar available.
1.1.2016: Talk from BICA 2015, Lyon, is online: link.
23.10.2015: The iCub and the iCub Body Schema project live at Festival della Scienza, Genova.
24.10.2014: Our work on iCub kinematic calibration through self-touch was featured in IEEE spectrum: link.