[robotics-worldwide] ROBOTS - ARE THEY INTELLIGENT YET? - Professor Kaspar Althoefer on April 22nd, 2013 at King's College London

Wurdemann, Helge helge.wurdemann at kcl.ac.uk
Tue Apr 16 06:45:04 PDT 2013

Distinguished Lecture - Professor Kaspar Althoefer: ROBOTS - ARE THEY INTELLIGENT YET?

April, 22nd, 2013 at King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK
Register at www.kasparalthoefer.eventbrite.co.uk<http://www.kasparalthoefer.eventbrite.co.uk> - All are welcome

Professor Althoefer will explore the concept of robot intelligence and trace advancement in robotics over the last two decades. He will provide his view on recent innovations that have helped to shape robots and turn them into what they are today. He will present modern methods aimed at instilling intelligence into a robot's "brain", covering aspects such as sensing and perception, reactive behaviours, autonomy, embodied cognition, biologically inspired methods and robot-environment interaction. Examples will be presented of the most recent developments in the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) in the fields of medical robotics, sensing and manufacturing.


Professor Kaspar Althoefer is Head of the Centre for Robotics Research in the Department of Informatics at King's College London. After graduating with a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Technology Aachen, Germany, and obtaining a PhD in Robot Motion Planning from King's College London, he joined King's as a lecturer in 1996.
Professor Althoefer's research currently focuses on robot autonomy, modelling of tool-environment interaction dynamics, robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, miniaturization of sensing systems for the remote examination of inaccessible spaces such as the heart, intelligent vehicles and increased autonomy through embedded intelligence. He has authored/co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed papers and has published his research findings in more than 120 refereed conference papers. He is named inventor on five patent applications. The total research funding awarded to Professor Althoefer exceeds £4 million, including £3 million as Principal Investigator.

Department of Informatics - School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

The new Department of Informatics in the School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences was formed on 1 August 2010. The Department consists of the former Department of Computer Science, the Centre for Bioinformatics and the Robotics group from the former Division of Engineering.
Informatics is concerned with the study of the representation, storage, processing, and communication of information. It has many different aspects, including Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. The Department of Informatics at King's seeks to address fundamental challenges and problems in all of these areas, as well as their application to numerous domains, including bioinformatics, healthcare, engineering, and many others. We believe that this breadth and depth of activity offers a vibrant and exciting environment for education and research.
In line with the College's Mission Statement, the Department of Informatics is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society. In education, the Department aims to provide a stimulating, research-led context in which it will deliver the highest quality programmes, at all levels, through the commitment and enthusiasm of its staff. In research, the Department aims to excel in its areas of specialisation, as well as drawing on the strengths of the College to explore new areas at the intersection of disciplines.
The Department of Informatics will continue to reinforce its world-leading research and education through engagement in international and national collaborations, with academia, with government and with industry, as well as with relevant local and national communities. Across all of its activities, the Department will seek to support and promote its staff and students in their efforts to reach their full potential.

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