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