Gateway Event: ROBOTICS AI – Cognitive Abilities for Bodies with Motion Intelligence

There will be a Gateway Event on December 6th at 2pm in the Informatics Forum G.03.  Tamim Asfour, Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will be speaking. 

ROBOTICS AI – Cognitive Abilities for Bodies with Motion Intelligence 

Robotics is concerned with engineering systems, which are able to learn to act in the real world by connecting perception and action to generate intelligent behavior. Such embodied intelligence rests on the central idea that physical interaction with the world is essential for learning about the world.  Currently, we are experiencing AI systems with superhuman performance in areas like computer vision, speech processing, medical diagnosis and games. However, the generation of robot behaviors with human-like motion intelligence and performance has yet to be achieved. In this talk, I will present recent progress towards engineering 24/7 humanoid robots that link perception and action to generate intelligent behavior. I will show the ARMAR humanoid robots performing complex grasping and manipulation tasks in kitchen and industrial environments, learning actions from human observation and experience as well as reasoning about object-action relations. I will argue that a ROBOTICS AI is needed to create robots with human-like abilities and even superhuman performance. Such AI goes beyond the application of machine learning algorithms to datasets and emphasizes the interaction between cognitive abilities and intelligent bodies to generate intelligent behavior.

 Tamim Asfour is full Professor of Humanoid Robotics at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His research focuses on the engineering of high performance 24/7 humanoid robotics as well as on the mechano-informatics of humanoids as the synergetic integration of informatics, artificial intelligence and mechatronics into humanoid robot systems, which are able to predict, act and interact in the real world. In his research, he is reaching out and connecting to neighboring areas in large-scale national and European interdisciplinary projects in the area of robotics in combination with machine learning and computer vision. Tamim is the developer of the ARMAR humanoid robot family. He is scientific spokesperson of the KIT Center “Information · Systems · Technologies (KCIST)”, president of the Executive Board of the German Robotics Society (DGR), the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE-RAS Humanoids Conference Editorial Board, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Editor of the Robotics and Automation Letters.

Friday, 6 December, 2019 - 14:00
Tamim Asfour
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Informatics Forum G.03