Zdenek Straka

PhD student
Supervised by Tomas Svoboda and Matej Hoffmann
Center for Machine Perception, Vision for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Department of Cybernetics,
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague
email: straka.zdenek AT, room: KN:E-123

From September 2016 I am a PhD student at the CMP, CTU in Prague. I focus on machine learning (especially artificial neural networks), cognitive and developmental robotics. I am particularly interested in applying machine learning methods to body and peripersonal space representations of humanoid robots. This research can also lead to better understanding of the representations in humans ("understanding by building" approach).


9/2016 - now ~ PhD student in Artificial Inteligence and Biocybernetics at Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic on topic: Body and peripersonal space representations of robots.

2014 - 2016 ~ MSc degree (with honours) in artificial inteligence from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic (study program Open Informatics).

2011 - 2014 ~ Bachelor's degree (with honours) in robotics from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic (study program Cybernetics and Robotics).

Research Interests

Cognitive and developmental robotics
Body and peripersonal space representations
Machine learning (especially artificial neural networks)


Hoffmann, M.; Straka, Z.; Farkas, I.; Vavrecka, M. & Metta, G. (2017), 'Robotic homunculus: Learning of artificial skin representation in a humanoid robot motivated by primary somatosensory cortex', IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems. (early access - IEEE Xplore)

Best Paper Award Straka, Z. & Hoffmann, M. (2017), Learning a peripersonal space representation as a visuo-tactile prediction task, in 'Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN)', Springer. [award] [to appear]

Stepanova, K.; Hoffmann, M.; Straka, Z.; Klein, F. B.; Cangelosi, A. & Vavrecka, M. (2017), Where is my forearm? Clustering of body parts from simultaneous tactile and linguistic input using sequential mapping, in I. Farkas; M. Takac; J. Rybar & P. Gergel, ed., 'Kognice a umělý život XVII [Cognition and Artificial Life XVII]', Comenius University Bratislava, pp. 155-162. (pdf)

Z. Straka, "Tvorba modelu multisenzorní integrace pro reprezentaci peripersonálního prostoru pomocí metod strojového učení (Modeling multisensory integration for peripersonal space representation using machine learning)", MSc thesis, 2016. (in czech)

Z. Straka, "Tvorba senzorických map z taktilních vstupů robota iCub pomocí metod strojového učení (Learning sensory maps using machine learning methods from tactile inputs of the iCub robot)", Bachelor's thesis, 2014. (in czech)