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Bernhard Johannes Schmitt
Assistant Professor for Animation
School of Art, Design and Media
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Since his graduation from Mainz University of Applied Science Bernhard has worked as animator and animation rigger for a variety of international studios, notably Walt Disney Animation and Aardman Animations. As screenwriter, director and creative producer he oversaw several independent projects.
Prior to joining NTU he scripted and directed the German TV show ‘der Sandmann’.

Research Statement

Bernhard’s research interests are in the areas of stop-motion and experimental animation. Specifically, his ongoing interdisciplinary project explores the nexus of art and technology with an emphasis on collaborative robots.

Animation as art-form enables non-anthropomorphic entities to express complex emotions and to communicate information in non-verbal ways. Bernhard’s research aims to transfer this well-know methods from an artistic into a technological context, helping to make the age of automation more human.

Research One-liner

Bernhard uses animation to make non-human robots more human in order to make working with them in close surroundings a safer and more comfortable experience.

Latest Projects
  • Researching the possibilities of transferring aestheticized, anthropomorphic locomotion and gestures to non-anthropomorphic, mechanical machinery by means of experimental animation
  • Applying Interpretive Animation to Robots. A Comparative Study.
    (with Asst. Prof. Andrew Prahl)
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Other affiliation(s)

Expert Areas
Animation, design, information, Mechanics

Research Interests
Animation, Automation, cobots, Robotics

Research Category
Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology
Research Sub-category
Arts, Design and Media, Interactive Digital Media, Machines & Systems
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Smart cities, smart nation & future living
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GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION – Responsible Production and Consumption.
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11 Apr 2020
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13 Sep 2020