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Robert Lieck is an expert in machine learning and artificial intelligence and joined the DCML as a postdoctoral researcher in 2018. He studied physics and philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and did his PhD in the Machine Learning & Robotics Lab (Universität Stuttgart) with Prof. Marc Toussaint, focusing on learning and inference with probabilistic models in mixed discrete-continuous systems.His research focuses on advanced algorithmic methods for active learning, planning and inference and he strives to understand and model the fundamental cognitive capabilities that are essential for processing music, such as the ability of humans to conceive highly abstract structures while remaining flexible when applying them to the world.