Alexander Schmitz received his Master’s degree in cognitive science (with honors) from the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, in 2007, and PhD degree from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England in 2011. The research for his Master’s thesis was performed with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, where he worked on compliant robotics. He performed his PhD degree as part of a joint location programme with the Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy, where he developed tactile sensors for the hands of the humanoid robot iCub. As a postdoctoral assistant, he worked in the Sugano Laboratory at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He is currently an assistant professor at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include tactile sensing, compliant robotics, human–robot collaborative movement and robotic object handling.