Patrick is the research coordinator and technical manager of Robot House at the University of Hertfordshire. At the same time, he is a Research Fellow in the Adaptive Systems Research Group. He is concerned with maintaining all robot house technology including its robots. Furthermore, he is also responsible for supporting internal and external users in using the facilities as well as advising them while conducting research inside the house. His research interests include systems integration in heterogeneous environments, interaction architectures and behaviour coordination, and questions regarding the social credibility of companion robots. Patrick is an IEEE member and active reviewer for a number of conferences and journals.
Until September 2017, he was employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the cluster of excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and a member of the Cognitive systems engineering group, led by Sebastian Wrede. His primary research focus lied within the context of the large-scale project Cognitive service robotics apartment, where he was occupied with the coordination and arbitration of functional components and resources of the apartment as well as its residential robots. Furthermore, Patrick was deeply involved in the design of interactive scenarios and experimental set-ups.
In February 2015 Patrick received his Ph.D. on the topic of an Integrated concept of spatial awareness which has been supervised and reviewed by Sven Wachsmuth and Giorgio Metta. His thesis originates from research conducted in the Applied Informatics Group and SFB 673 Alignment in Communication at Bielefeld University. Thereby, he has been working on the ‘Cognitive Robotics’ part, developing the Receptionist scenario, as a member of the project Interaction space (C1). His research interest within the project has been focused on Human Robot Interaction, particularly social communication signs in the spatial dimension.
Patrick also received a master’s degree in computer science from Bielefeld University, in January 2009. The topic of his thesis was Proxemics for a Social Robot, which was supervised by Marc Hanheide, Ingo Lütkebohle, and Julia Peltason.