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Dr. Joschka Boedecker

Joschka Boedecker

Machine Learning Lab
University of Freiburg

Room 080/01005
Georges-Koehler-Allee 080
79110 Freiburg im Breisgau

Phone: +49 761 203 8014

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Selected Publications


  • SS Kumar, J Wülfing, S Okujeni, J Boedecker, M Riedmiller, U Egert (2016) Autonomous Optimization of Targeted Stimulation of Neuronal Networks. PLoS Comput Biol 12 (8) pp. e1005054. web Bibtex


  • Wendelin Böhmer, Jost Tobias Springenberg, Joschka Boedecker, Martin Riedmiller, Klaus Obermayer (2015) Autonomous Learning of State Representations for Control: An Emerging Field Aims to Autonomously Learn State Representations for Reinforcement Learning Agents from Their Real-World Sensor Observations. KI - Künstliche Intelligenz pp. 1-10. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi web Bibtex
  • Manuel Watter, Jost Springenberg, Joschka Boedecker, Martin Riedmiller (2015) Embed to Control: A Locally Linear Latent Dynamics Model for Control from Raw Images. In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 28. pp. 2728–2736. PDF Bibtex


  • Oliver Obst, Joschka Boedecker (2014) Guided Self-Organization of Input-Driven Recurrent Neural Networks. In Guided Self-Organization: Inception. pp. 319-340. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi web Bibtex
  • Joschka Boedecker, Jost Tobias Springenberg, Jan Wülfing, Martin Riedmiller (2014) Approximate Real-Time Optimal Control Based on Sparse Gaussian Process Models. In Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning (ADPRL). PDF Bibtex


  • Joschka Boedecker, Thomas Lampe, Martin Riedmiller (2013) Modeling effects of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards on the competition between striatal learning systems. Frontiers in Psychology 4 (739) doi web Bibtex


  • Christoph Hartmann AND Joschka Boedecker AND Oliver Obst AND Shuhei Ikemoto AND Minoru Asada (July 2012) Real-Time Inverse Dynamics Learning for Musculoskeletal Robots based on Echo State Gaussian Process Regression. In Proceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems. Sydney, Australia. Bibtex
  • Joschka Boedecker, Oliver Obst, Joseph T Lizier, N Michael Mayer, Minoru Asada (2012) Information processing in echo state networks at the edge of chaos.. Theory in Biosciences 131 (3) pp. 205–213. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. doi web Bibtex


  • Oliver Obst, Joschka Boedecker, Minoru Asada (2010) Improving Recurrent Neural Network Performance Using Transfer Entropy. In Neural Information Processing Models and Applications. pp. 193–200. Springer. web Bibtex


  • Joschka Boedecker, Oliver Obst, Norbert Michael Mayer, Minoru Asada (Oct 2009) Initialization and Self-Organized Optimization of Recurrent Neural Network Connectivity. HFSP Journal 3 (5) pp. 340–349. doi web Bibtex
  • Joschka Boedecker, Oliver Obst, Norbert Michael Mayer, Minoru Asada (apr 2009) Studies on Reservoir Initialization and Dynamics Shaping in Echo State Networks. In Proceedings of the 17th European Symposium On Artificial Neural Networks ({ESANN}'09). pp. 227–232. D-Side Publications. Evere, Belgium. web Bibtex
  • Norbert Michael Mayer, Joschka Boedecker, Minoru Asada (2009) Robot motion description and real-time management with the Harmonic Motion Description Protocol. Robotics and Autonomous Systems 57 (8) pp. 870-876. web Bibtex

For a full list of publications, please see here.

Professional Activities

Reviewer for Journals

  • Journal of Machine Learning Research
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • Neurocomputing
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
  • IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A
  • IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development
  • Biomedizinische Technik
  • Artificial Life
  • Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

Reviewer for Conferences

IROS, ICRA, HUMANOIDS, ICDL-EpiRob, ICMC, SIMPAR, Workshop on Collective Learning and Inference on Structured Data (CoLISD), Distributed machine learning and sparse representation with massive data sets (DMMD)

PC Member

  • AAAI 2014
  • GSO 2014, 2013, 2012
  • SIMPAR 2012, 2010, 2008
  • DMMD 2011
  • CoLISD Workshop 2012, 2011

Publication Chair

  • IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2013

Workshop Organization

  • Seventh International Workshop on Guided Self-Organisation (GSO-2014)
  • The Universe of RoboCup Simulators at SIMPAR 2008


  • Technical committee Soccer Simulation League, 2005-2007
  • Organizing committee Soccer Simulation League, 2005, 2006 (chair)
  • Maintenance committee Soccer Simulation League, 2005-2007 (chair), 2008