Erik Derner received his Ph.D. degree in control engineering and robotics from the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2022. He holds an M.Sc. degree in artificial intelligence and computer vision from the same university. Throughout his studies, he acquired a broad international experience during five stays at universities in four different countries. His research interests are focused on sample-efficient methods for model learning applied to dynamic systems such as mobile robots and their environments. His main research interests comprise machine learning, genetic programming, reinforcement learning, and computer vision. The aim of his stay at ELLIS Alicante is to work on improving natural language dialogue in human-machine interaction.