Dr Serge Thill

Dr Serge Thill

Associate Professor in Computer Science

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science & Engineering)


2008: PhD (University of Leicester) 2002: MSc in Informatics (University of Edinburgh) 2001: BSc (Hons) in Cognitive Science (University of Exeter)

Research interests

My main research interests are in cognitive science in general and interaction between cognitive agents and intelligent systems (whether artificial or not) in particular. This includes research on the mirror system, action and intention recognition, planning, and language. My research has practical implications for artificial intelligence and the design of artificial cognitive systems such as social robots or intelligent vehicles.

Key publications are highlighted

Esteban PG, Baxter P, Belpaeme T, Billing E, Cai H, Cao H-L, Coeckelbergh M, Costescu C, David D & De Beir A 2017 'How to Build a Supervised Autonomous System for Robot-Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder' Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics 8, (1) , DOI PEARL
Moore RK, Thill S & Marxer R 2017 'Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots (VIHAR) (Dagstuhl Seminar 16442)' Dagstuhl Reports 6, 154-194 , DOI
Sakreida K, Effnert I, Thill S, Menz MM, Jirak D, Eickhoff C, Ziemke T, Eickhoff SB, Borghi AM & Binkofski F 2016 'Affordance processing in segregated parieto-frontal dorsal stream sub-pathways' Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 69, 89-112 , DOI
Svensson H & Thill S 2016 'Beyond bodily anticipation: internal simulations in social interaction' Cognitive Systems Research 40, 161-171 , DOI
Moore RK, Marxer R & Thill S 2016 'Vocal interactivity in-and-between humans, animals and robots' Frontiers in Robotics and AI 3, , DOI
Thill S & Twomey K 2016 'What’s on the inside counts: A grounded account of concept acquisition and development' Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition 7, , DOI
Vernon D, Billing E, Hemeren P, Thill S & Ziemke T 2015 'An architecture-oriented approach to system integration in collaborative robotics research projects – an experience report' Journal of Software Engineering for Robotics 6, 15-32
Vernon D, Lowe R, Thill S & Ziemke T 2015 'Embodied cognition and circular causality: on the role of constitutive autonomy in the reciprocal coupling of perception and action' Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science 6, , DOI
Thill S, Padó S & Ziemke T 2014 'On the importance of a rich embodiment in the grounding of concepts: perspectives from embodied cognitive science and computational linguistics' Topics in Cognitive Science 6, 545-558 , DOI
Svensson H, Thill S & Ziemke T 2013 'Dreaming of electric sheep? Exploring the functions of dream-like mechanisms in the development of mental imagery simulations' Adaptive Behavior 21, 222-238 , DOI
Thill S, Caligiore D, Borghi AM, Ziemke T & Baldassarre G 2013 'Theories and computational models of affordance and mirror systems: An integrative review' Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 37, 491-521 , DOI
Thill S, Pop C, Belpaeme T, Ziemke T & Vanderborght B 2012 'Robot-assisted therapy for autism spectrum disorders with (partially) autonomous control: Challenges and outlook' Paladyn 3, 209-217 , DOI
Pellicano A, Thill S, Ziemke T & Binkofski F 2011 'Affordances, adaptive tool use and grounded cognition' Frontiers in Psychology 2, , DOI
Hemeren PE & Thill S 2011 'Deriving motion primitives through action segmentation' Frontiers in Psychology 1, , DOI
Thill S, Svensson H & Ziemke T 2011 'Modeling the development of goal-specificity in mirror neurons' Cognitive Computation 3, 525-538 , DOI
Chersi F, Thill S, Ziemke T & Borghi AM 2010 'Sentence processing: linking language to motor chains' Frontiers in Neurorobotics 4, , DOI
Thill S & Pearce TC 2007 'Understanding complex behaviors by analyzing optimized models: C. elegans gradient navigation' HFSP Journal 1, 263-273 , DOI
Thill S & Vernon D 2016 'How to design emergent models of cognition for application-driven artificial agents' in Twomey K; Westermann G; Monaghan P; Smith A Neurocomputational Models of Cognitive Development and Processing: Proceedings of the 14th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop World Scientific Publishing 115-129 , DOI
Vernon D, Thill S & Ziemke T 2016 'The Role of Intention in Cognitive Robotics' in Esposito A; Jain CL Toward Robotic Socially Believable Behaving Systems - Volume I: Modeling Emotions Springer International Publishing 15-27 , DOI
Kleinhans A, Thill S, Rosman B, Detry R & Tripp B 2015 'Modelling primate control of grasping for robotics applications' in Agapito L; others ECCV 2014 Workshops, Part II, LNCS 8926 Springer 438-447 , DOI
Durán B & Thill S 2012 'Rob’s Robot: Current and Future Challenges for Humanoid Robots' in Zaier R The Future of Humanoid Robots - Research and Applications InTech , DOI
Conference Papers
Lagerstedt E, Riveiro M & Thill S 2017 'Agent autonomy and locus of responsibility for team situation awareness' , DOI
Svensson H & Thill S 2016 'Integrering av forskning i undervisning'
Drejing K, Thill S & Hemeren P 2015 'Engagement: A traceable motivational concept in human-robot interaction' 956-961 , DOI
Lagerstedt E, Riveiro M & Thill S 2015 'Interacting with Artificial Agents' Nowacyz S IOS Press 184-185 , DOI
Thill S & Riveiro M 2015 'Situation awareness in eco-driving' 125-131 , DOI
Ziemke T & Thill S 2014 'Robots are not embodied! Conceptions of embodiment and their implications for social human-robot interaction' IOS Press BV 49-53 , DOI
Thill S, Hemeren PE & Nilsson M 2014 'The apparent intelligence of a system as a factor in situation awareness' 52-58 , DOI
Thill S & Vernon D 2014 'The relevance of emergent models in application-driven research'
Veto P, Thill S & Hemeren PE 2013 'Incidental and non-incidental processing of biological motion: orientation, attention and life detection' Cognitive Science Society 1528-1533
Sakreida K, Menz MM, Thill S, Rottschy C, Eickhoff S, Borghi AM, Ziemke T & Binkofski F 2013 'Neural pathways of stable and variable affordances: a coordinate-based meta-analysis'
Thill S, Nilsson M & Hemeren PE 2013 'On the influence of a vehicle’s apparent intelligence on driving behaviour and consequences for car UI design. Oct 27 – 30, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, pp 91 – 92' 91-92
Thill S, Behr J & Ziemke T 2012 'Flexible sequence learning in a SOM model of the mirror system' Miyake N; Peebles D; Cooper RP Cognitive Science Society 2423-2428
Veto P, Thill S & Hemeren PE 2012 'Kinematic specification of grasping and social dimensions for a stimulus library of hand actions'
Thill S, Hemeren PE, Svensson H & Ziemke T 2012 'Mirror neuron modelling within the ROSSI project'
Durán B & Thill S 2012 'Modelling interaction in multimodal affordance processing using neural dyamics' Springer 75-84 , DOI
Thill S & Lowe R 2012 'On the functional contributions of emotion mechanisms to (artificial) cognition and intelligence' Bach J; Goertzel B; Ilké M Springer 322-331 , DOI
Thill S, Nilsson M & Wiberg H 2012 'Studying the effect of perceived autonomy and intelligence on human/machine interactions: the CARS project'
Thill S 2011 'Considerations for a neuroscience-inspired approach to the design of artificial intelligent systems' Schmidhuber J; Thórisson KR; Looks M Springer 247-254 , DOI
Thill S, Hemeren PE, Durán B, Svensson H & Ziemke T 2011 'Modeling the mirror system'
Thill S, Hemeren PE & Durán B 2011 'Prediction of human action segmentation based on end-effector kinematics using linear models' Kovino B; Karmiloff-Smith A; Nersessian NJ NBU Press
Thill S & Svensson H 2011 'The inception of simulation: a hypothesis for the role of dreams in young children' Carlson L; Hoelscher C; Shipley TF Cognitive Science Society 231-236
Thill S & Lowe R 2010 'A computational model of cognitive interference without neural inhibitory dynamics' Taatgen NA; Rijn HV Cognitive Science Society
Hemeren PE, Thill S, Durán B & Ziemke T 2010 'Action segmentation: Finding cognitively plausible action primitives'
Thill S, Durán B, Hemeren PE & Ziemke T 2010 'Bio-plausible robot control via the Mirror Neuron System'
Thill S & Ziemke T 2010 'Learning new motion primitives in the mirror neuron system: A self-organising computational model' al SDE Springer 413-423 , DOI
Durán B, Thill S & Ziemke T 2010 'Modelling the mirror neuron system with dynamic fields'
Thill S, Pearce TC & Ziemke T 2008 'Computational requirements and a candidate neural circuit for C elegans adaptive behavior in thermal environments'
Aktius M, Thill S & Ziemke T 2008 'Evaluating predictive models for adaptive robot behavior'
Ziemke T, Borghi AM, Anelli F, Gianelli C, Binkofski F, Buccino G, Gallese V, Huelse M, Lee M & Nicoletti R 2008 'ROSSI: Emergence of communication in Robots through Sensorimotor and Social Interaction'
Thill S 2007 'A simple framework for analysing complex behaviour'
da Lio M, Mazzalai A, Windridge D, Thill S, Svensson H, Yüksel M, Gurney K, Saroldi A, Andreone L & Anderson SR 0 'Exploiting Dream-Like Simulation Mechanisms to Develop Safer Agents for Automated Driving The“Dreams4Cars” EU Research and Innovation Action'