Jakob Ambsdorf

MSc Informatics Student at Universität Hamburg.
Student Research Assistant, Knowledge Technology Group


Hi, thanks for visiting my website! I am a master’s student in Computer Science from Hamburg, Germany. With a background in Human-Computer Interaction (BSc) and Informatics (MSc; focus Machine Learning), I am fascinated by the challenges and possibilities at the intersection of HCI and AI. I believe that for AI to be helpful, safe and usable, it needs to be developed from a human-centered perspective.

My current work is in explainable AI for Human-Robot Interaction, and in explaining multimodal deep learning models, using natural language explanations and visualization techniques. At the moment, I am writing my master’s thesis, titled “Benchmarking Faithfulness: Towards Accurate Natural Language Explanations in Vision-Language Tasks”.

Currently, I am looking for PhD positions in the area of Human-Centered AI, XAI, interactive AI, multimodal Deep Learning or NLP and I am greatful for any hints or offers!

Have a look at my projects page for some random other work, such as a citizen-science application to track jellyfish.


May 31, 2022 Paper accepted: “Explain yourself! Effects of Explanations in Human-Robot Interaction” was accepted at RO-MAN 2022.
Mar 19, 2022 New website launched! :tada:


  1. RO-MAN
    Explain yourself! Effects of Explanations in Human-Robot Interaction
    Ambsdorf, Jakob, Munir, Alina, Wei, Yiyao, Degkwitz, Klaas, Harms, Harm Matthias, Stannek, Susanne, Ahrens, Kyra, Becker, Dennis, Strahl, Erik, Weber, Tom, and Wermter, Stefan
    arXiv preprint arXiv:2204.04501 - accepted at 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication 2022
  2. in submission
    What’s on Your Mind, NICO? XHRI: An eXplainable HRI Framework for Humanoid Robot Social Interaction and Collaboration
    Kerzel, Matthias, Ambsdorf, Jakob, Becker, Dennis, Lu, Wenhao, Strahl, Erik, Spisak, Josua, Gäde, Connor, Weber, Tom, and Wermter, Stefan
    In submission 2022