Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Bernhard Johannes Schmitt
Associate Professor, School of Art, Design and Media
Since graduating from the Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Bernhard has worked as an animator and animation rigger for various international studios, notably Walt Disney Animation Studios and Aardman Animations. He has also served as a screenwriter, director, and creative producer for several independent projects. Prior to joining Nanyang Technological University, he scripted and directed the German TV show 'Unser Sandmännchen'.
His research is focused on motion path design for robots.
Bernhard's research interests are in the field of Human-Robot Interaction, with a focus on motion-based nonverbal communication for robots.
His research is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating elements from animation, robotics, and computer science.
Furthermore, he researches current trends and technologies in the field of stop-motion animation.
  • Animating Migration (AniMi): Migrant Creative Labour in Singapore
  • Animation in Southeast Asia – Local traditions and global influences
  • Anticipating Robots. Improving Human-Robot Communication Using an Artistic Approach.
Nanyang Education Award (School) 2018
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Visiting Professor at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich