Prof. Dr. Christian Werner Becker-Asano
Christian Becker-Asano received his doctor's degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Bielefeld in 2008, for his work on affect simulation for agents with believable interactivity (WASABI architecture), which he applied to the articulated communicator Max.
He was a Ph.D. student and research assistant in the Artificial Intelligence Group at the University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Technology, and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) during a three month visit in 2005 at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo. See this article for videos.
He applied his experience in Affective Computing to the humanoid robots and androids of the Intelligent Robotics and Communication Labs at ATR in Kyoto, Japan, under the guidance of Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro as a post-doctoral fellow of JSPS and Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) foundation. See this article for videos.
Supported by a return fellowship of the AvH foundation from July 2010 until June 2011 he continued his research at the Research Group on the Foundations of Artificial Intelligence at University of Freiburg in Germany together with Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nebel. From October 2010 until July 2011 he was an affiliated Junior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and joined the Interdisciplinary Research Group "Coping with Emergencies". From 2012 to May 2015, he held the position of a Lecturer (akad. Rat. auf Zeit) in the Research Group on the Foundations of AI.
In June 2015 he became research scientist at Bosch R&D in Renningen (Stuttgart) applying AI methodologies to practical problems of autonomous driving and since the beginning 2017 also to Human-Machine Interaction.
In 2017 he was involved in several Bosch-internal programs on intrapreneurship, working in an agile fashion on creating and validating new ideas with accompanying business models. His mentor during that period was the CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner.
From March 2018 until February 2020 he was Product Owner of Intralogistic Robotics leading a dedicated team of roboticists at the Grow platform GmbH in Ludwigsburg.
As of July 2020 Prof. Dr. Christian Becker-Asano is co-founder of "Dejita Consulting GbR" together with Lazaros Emmanouilidis and their first product is the "Reaction Counter App" for android smartphones.
Invited talks, podcasts, media, and presentations
In reverse chronological order:
- Robotik-Experte bei der Diskussionsrunde zum Film "Ich bin Dein Mensch"
In: Filmabend im Stadtteilhaus Neugereut, moderiert von Bezirksvorsteher Ralf Bohlmann, 13.10.2023
- GA #1157 Prof. Dr. Christian Becker-Asano
In: GENIUS ALLIANCE - KÜNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ & DIGITALISIERUNG podcast, Norman Müller, 24.08.2023
- CHAT GPT MIT „HAUT UND HAAR“
In: Media Tasting 2023 by Apfel Programm Marketing, Im Wizemann, Stuttgart, 22.06.2023
- Menschenähnlich, aber geschlechtsneutral
In: Robotik und Produktion, Frauke Itzerott, 29.03.2023
- Androide Andrea bezirzt die ganze Hochschule
In: Zeitungsartikel in den Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Inge Jacobs, 08.12.2022
- Künstliche Intelligenz - Stuttgarter Forscher testen Roboter "Andrea"
In: SWR Aktuell Radio, Stefan Eich im Gespräch mit Christian Becker-Asano, 7.12.2022
WASABI architecture overview
Overview of the WASABI architecture
In this article I will give an overview of the WASABI architecture, which I developed during my time as doctoral student (somehow similar to PhD student) at University of Bielefeld, Germany, from 2003 until 2008. As explained in my thesis , it serves the virtual human MAX as its affect simulation component, in order to make the virtual human more believable.
Dr. Christian Becker-Asano
Professor für Künstliche Intelligenz Hochschule der Medien
Nobelstrasse 10 70569 Stuttgart e-mail:
phone: +49 (0)711 8923-2882