Kai Streiling M.Sc.


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64283 Darmstadt

I am researching cognitive aspects of human and machine motor control and learning.

Given multiple noisy input streams humans infer a magnitude of representations with rich information about their environment, their body, physical and social interactions, expected outcome of actions, and many more. Multiple senses are also integrated into less conscious percepts, such as a percept of causality or a sense of agency, which again inform our conscious perception and action.

My research focuses on different aspects of these integrations and how their understanding can be used to explain mechanisms of psychoses or improve algorithmic control and machine learning.

The Adaptive Mind (TAM)

Together with the Translational Neuroimaging (TNM) Lab from the University of Marburg we examine how our actions shape a sense of agency (SoA) and how that is disturbed in schizophrenia spectrum disorder (SSD).

I explore implicit measurements of an SoA in behavioural and eye-tracking data from novel tracking tasks. Also, I apply and adapt models from Optimal Control and Reinforcement Learning to capture and explain the SoA.

With the TNM Lab we test the application of our paradigms and models as behavioural biomarkers for diagnosing SSD and for verifying hypotheses about the inner processes of the disorder.


  • Streiling, K & van Dam, L. C. J. (2023). Influence of visual patterns and optic flow on inverted pendulum balancing tasks. Poster at European Conference on Visual Perception.
  • Stasica M., Streiling K., Honekamp C., Schneider A., Exarchos A., Henschke S., Pirincoglu S., Polat M., Scholz N., Stähler C., Syring E., van Dam L., & Seyfarth A. (2023). Walking on virtual surface patterns changes muscular activity . In CLAWAR2023, October , 2023, Florianópolis,

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  • Cognitive Science 3: Acting – Seminar

WS 22/23

  • Grundlagen der Cognitive Science – 03-03-1403-se (Einführung in Python)
Since May 2022 PhD student in the Sensorimotor Control and Learning Lab of Prof Loes van Dam
at the Centre for Cognitive Science/ Institute for Psychology at the TU-Darmstadt
2017 – 2021 M.Sc. in Computer Science at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
2013 – 2017 B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)