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Frank Dylla

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Personal Information

Title Dr.-Ing.
Function Principal Investigator
Office 3.14
Phone 64280
eMail dylla


About me

I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Cognitive Systems Group (CoSy), Universität Bremen and principal investigator of the 'SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition' project R3-[Q-Shape] "Reasoning about Paths, Shapes & Configurations". My vision is to enable non-experts to formalize and analyze behavior of agents or robots in space and time (e.g. vessels or cars) in more intuitive and natural ways.


The core of my research deals with qualitative spatial and temporal reasoning (QSTR), spatial change, cognitive robotics, reasoning about action and change (RAC), cognitive systems, and applied ontologies. I am investigating how methods in these areas can be exploited, combined, and applied in areas like vessel & car control, Ambient Intelligence, and Geographic Information Systems.

Ph.D. Project

In my doctoral thesis "An Agent Control Perspective on Qualitative Spatial Reasoning - Towards More Intuitive Spatial Agent Development" I investigated how qualitative spatial calculi can be applied to model an generate collision avoidance behavior in accordance to the official regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

  • Theoretical Computer Science

  • Technical Computer Science

  • Spatial Cognition

  • Start Your Engines (Lecture & Lab)

  • Mathematics: Logics & Algebra, Linear Algebra and Calculus

  • High Level Agent Control (Seminar)

  • Projects: Cognitive Agents / Atlantis 

curriculum vitae
2011-now principal investigator (PI) of SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition (Universität Bremen) project R3-[Q-Shape] "Reasoning about Paths, Shapes & Configurations"
2010-now active member of the COST Action IC0903 MOVE "Knowledge Extraction from Data about Moving Objects"
Oct.-Dec. 2010 research visit at School of Computing (Anthony Cohn), University of Leeds, GB


post-doctoral researcher in Cognitive Systems Group & SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition (Universität Bremen) project R3-[Q-Shape] "Reasoning about Paths, Shapes & Configurations"
2008 doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from Universität Bremen; thesis topic: "An Agent Control perspective on Qualitative Spatial Reasoning"
2003-2008 research/teaching assistant in the Cognitive Systems Group & SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition (Universität Bremen) project R3-[Q-Shape] "Reasoning about Paths, Shapes & Configurations"
2001-2003 stipend / research assistant at Knowledge-Based Systems Group at RWTH Aachen (cognitive robotics, reactive/deliberative robot control in highly dynamic domains)
2001 diploma in computer science from RWTH Aachen (cognitive robotics, reasoning about action and change, speech recognition, psychology)
1994-2001 studies in computer science, RWTH Aachen, Germany
1993-1995 work contract as software developer and support assistant, Avantgarde Computer Technik mbH
1991-1993 apprenticeship & work contract (expert in data processing in business and commerce), Thyssen Edelstahl AG




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