Applied Informatics Group

M.Sc. Torben Töniges

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Name: M.Sc. Töniges Torben
Phone: +49 521 106-12207
Office: CITEC 1.228
Email: ttoenige [AT]

About Torben

Torben Töniges studied Cognitive Computer Science and Intelligent Systems at Bielefeld University. He received his Bachelor of Science in 2009 and the Master of Science in 2011. Torben Töniges stayed at the University of Birmingham to work in the project "CogX: Cognitive Systems that Self-Understand and Self-Extend". After completing his master's degree, he worked temporally at the Technical University of Vienna and joined the Applied Informatics Group at Bielefeld University. At present he is a PhD student and is supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Kummert and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Britta Wrede. He has worked in cooperation with the Daimler AG Ulm and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Cologne. His current fields of research are computer vision, machine learning, human-machine interaction, multimodal pattern analysis, and adaptive work environments.


  • "Klassifizierung von Erschöpfung anhand von Action Units", Bachelor, 2018
  • "Detektion relevanter Gesichtspunkte mittels Markov Random Field", Master, 2015
  • "Erstellung eines Online Marketing Konzeptes für eine Business Plattform", Master, 2015
  • "Evaluation von Parametern von Merkmalsdeskriptoren für einen lokalen Klassifikator für "Adaptive Constrained Polynomial Trees"", Bachelor, 2014
  • "Klassifikation von Kleidungsstücken mittels eines Bag of Features Ansatzes", Bachelor, 2014
  • "Processing and Recognizing a Connect Four Game", Bachelor, 2013
  • "Menschliche Gesichtsmerkmalsextraktion zur Steuerung der Mimik eines Roboterkopfes", Master, 2013
  • "Unsupervised classification of facial expressions for the application of automatic detection of emotional sequences", Master, 2013


  • Tutorium
    • Bildverarbeitung (WiSe 17/18, WiSe 16/17, WiSe 15/16, WiSe 14/15, WiSe 11/12)
    • Computer Vision (SoSe 13, SoSe 12)
  • Project
    • SmartWork (SoSe 16)
    • An autonomous silent butler for an assistive living room (SoSe 12, WiSe 11/12)
  • Seminar
    • Objekte, Gesichter, Landschaften - Wie kann ein intelligentes System seine Umgebung wahrnehmen und interpretieren? (SoSe 14)
    • Anwendungsorientierte Bildverarbeitung (SoSe 14)

Recent Best Paper/Poster Awards

Goal Babbling of Acoustic-Articulatory Models with Adaptive Exploration Noise
Philippsen A, Reinhart F, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) 


Are you talking to me? Improving the robustness of dialogue systems in a multi party HRI scenario by incorporating gaze direction and lip movement of attendees
Richter V, Carlmeyer B, Lier F, Meyer zu Borgsen S, Kummert F, Wachsmuth S, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human-agent Interaction (HAI) 


"Look at Me!": Self-Interruptions as Attention Booster?
Carlmeyer B, Schlangen D, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (HAI)


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