ZITI is very happy to welcome Dr. Patrick van der Smagt for a visit on November 23.
Dr. van der Smagt will give a public talk at 2.30pm at Mathematikon (INF 205) in Room 5/104.


Mutual predictability is the key to interaction. Or in simpler terms: "experience makes teamwork". Of course, prediction isn't all that simple. We'll look at "generative AI", but without the hype, and see how we use that to learn the dynamics of complex stochastic systems, use that to predict -- and control. And give some examples, in robotics and beyond, of where this can be used.

About the speaker:

Patrick van der Smagt is director of AI research at Volkswagen Group, and leads its Machine Learning Research Lab in Munich (https://argmax.ai), which focuses on fundamental research on machine learning for time series modelling and optimal control. He is faculty member of the LMU Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences and research professor at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, and previously professor at TUM. He is the founding head of a European industry initiative on trust in AI (https://etami.org) and member of the AI Council of the State of Bavaria. Besides publishing some CC papers on machine learning, robotics, and motor control, he has won a number of awards, including the 2013 Helmholtz-Association Erwin Schrödinger Award for his work on controlling robots by tetraplegic patients with permanent brain implants, the 2014 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award, the 2013 Harvard Medical School/MGH Martin Research Prize, and best-paper awards at machine learning and robotics conferences and journals. Patrick is or was area chair for the large ML conferences and reviews for funding agencies around the globe.

Thema: Exoskeletons for Augmentation of Human Performance: the fusion between Biomechanics and Robotics

Termin: Freitag, 16.12.2022, 17:00 Uhr ct
Ort: INF 308, Hörsaal 1

Näheres unter https://www.physi.uni-heidelberg.de/Veranstaltungen/vortraege.php?kol=PK

Prof. Lorenzo Masia from ZITI's Biorobotics & Medical Technology Group will be General Chair of the next edition of the IEEE Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics hosted at Heidelberg University in 2024. It is the leading conference in the field of Biorobotics. We're looking forward to it!
Great success for Lorenzo Masia's Biorobotics & Medical Technology group: at IEEE BIOROB 2022, no less than 2 papers from the group made it to the final selection for awards. The paper "Enhancing Gait Assistance Control Robustness of a Hip Exosuit by Means of Machine Learning" by Zhang X*, Tricomi E*, Missiroli F, Lotti L, Bokranz B, Nicklas D, and Masia L. was a finalist for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letter (RAL) award at IEEE BIOROB2022. Elisa Galofaro won the Best Paper Award with "A Hybrid Assistive Paradigm based on Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and Force Control for Upper Limb Exosuits" (Galofaro E, D'Antonio E, Lotti N, and Masia L.). Congratulations!

Members of ZITI's Computing Systems Group are local arrangement chairs for the renowned IEEE CLUSTER conference, which takes place in Heidelberg from Sept 6 to 9. The conference includes multiple workshops and tutorials, parallel conference sessions, a poster session and various social events in the vicinity of Heidelberg’s Old City. Read me: https://clustercomp.org/2022


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