About me

My name is Lucas Bechberger and I’m a researcher in the area of Cognitive Artificial Intelligence (with a focus on Conceptual Spaces) and Machine Learning. I have completed a PhD (grade: “summa cum laude”) at the Institute of Cognitive Science (Osnabrück University) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger.

Before starting my PhD research, I studied Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During my studies, I was also part of an AGI research project at AGI Innovations Inc., a Los Angeles based startup aiming to create Artificial General Intelligence.

Having a strong background in machine learning and computer science, I am mostly interested in the symbol grounding problem, i.e., the question of how abstract symbols can be grounded in reality in order to contain any meaning. During my PhD, I focused on the area of concept formation: how can unlabeled observations give rise to conceptual representations? I approach this problem by using clustering techniques in combination with Gärdenfors’ conceptual spaces framework. More information about my research and current updates about my progress can be found in the blog.

Currently, I’m working as Machine Learning Engineer at Sovendus GmbH, where I use machine learning to build a next-generation recommendation engine.