While robots are already doing a wonderful job as factory workhorses, they are now gradually appearing in our daily environments and offering their services as autonomous cars, delivery drones, helpers in search and rescue and much more. This talk will present some recent highlights in the field of autonomous mobile robotics research and touch on some of the great challenges and opportunities. Legged robots are able to overcome the limitations of wheeled or tracked ground vehicles. ETH’s electrically powered legged quadruped robots are designed for high agility, efficiency and robustness in rough terrain. This is realized through an optimal exploitation of the natural dynamics and serial elastic actuation. For fast inspection of complex environments, flying robots are probably the most efficient and versatile devices. However, the limited payload and computing power of drones renders autonomous navigation quite challenging. Thanks to our custom designed visual-inertial sensor, real-time on-board localization, mapping and planning has become feasible and enables our multi-copters and solar-powered fixed wing drones for advanced rescue and inspection tasks or support in precision farming, even in GPS-denied environments.
Learning systems are part of our everyday life, either as software in internet search as well as in image recognition or as physical systems such as robot vacuum cleaners and autonomous vehicles. The Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems promotes leading experts as well as junior scientists in the interdisciplinary, pioneering research field of learning systems. It establishes a centre of excellence offering a unique platform for scientific networking and research into novel technologies at the science and technology hub in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Switzerland.
We are pleased to announce the First Max Planck ETH Workshop on Learning Control within the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems. The workshop will take place November 11-13 2015 at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Tübingen. We cordially invite all researchers from ETH Zürich and MPI-IS interested in the area of Learning Control to participate and actively contribute to this workshop.
(interesting speakers and talks - mostly in German) Seit 2002 veranstaltet das Institut am Standort Stuttgart ein wissenschaftliches Kolloquium, das der Kontaktpflege mit den Alumni und Freunden des Instituts dient. Wir bitten um Anmeldung bis 30. Juni 2015, entweder per Post oder unter: www.is.mpg.de/gpk2015
MLSS's are a renowned venue for graduate students, researchers, and professionals. They offer an opportunity to learn about fundamental and advanced aspects of machine learning, data analysis and inference, from intellectual leaders of the field.
In the summer of 2015 the MLSS will make its fourth appearance in Tübingen.
Symposium on Intelligent Systems / Alumni Meeting of the departments:
- Empirical Inference (Bernhard Schölkopf)
- Perceiving Systems (Michael J. Black)
- Autonomous Motion (Stefan Schaal)
The idea of DALI is to combine the special qualities of the former Snowbird meetings (intimate atmosphere, very good people, plenty of time to interact) with positive aspects of larger conferences that rarely take place in Europe. We decided for a three day format with two days of workshops, and one day of plenary talks in the middle, including a poster session. We chose an attractive location in a nearby time zone, which limits travel times for many of us who normally travel to meetings in the US. We have initially circulated this link only to a small list of people with the hope that we can bootstrap it into a high quality meeting of size around 50-100. If you haven’t been contacted yet, but you’d like to attend, please e-mail us.
This invitation-only workshop will bring together experts in the field to focus on the problem of estimating Scenes from Video. In so doing, we hope to draw several lines of research together to address the problem of extracting physical and semantic information from video.
As a follow up meeting on the RNLS (Research Network on Learning Systems) at the ETH Zürich in June 2014, we will organise the Computer Vision Breakout Meeting on the MPI IS Campus in Tuebingen. This meeting is to bring together researchers from both institutions, MPI IS and ETH Zürich, to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences and learn from each other.
The inaugural summer school of the joint ETH/MPI Research Network on Learning Systems will feature tutorial lectures and practicals on various topics related to Learning Systems. In particular, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and ETH Zurich will present introductory and advanced topics in areas such as Statistical Machine Learning, Robotics / Control and Computer Vision.
Multivariate analysis of neuroimaging data has gained ground very rapidly in the community over the past few years, leading to impressive results in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. Pattern recognition and machine learning conferences regularly feature a neuroimaging workshop, while neuroscientific meetings dedicate sessions to new approaches to neural data analysis. Thus, a rich two-way flow has been established between disciplines. It is the goal of the PRNI workshop series to continue facilitating exchange of ideas between scientific communities, with a particular interest in new approaches to the interpretation of neural data driven by new developments in pattern recognition and machine learning.
Organizers: Moritz Grosse-Wentrup