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-<​HTML><​table><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2020-11-20</​td><​td>​Simon Haller-Seeber and Patrick Lamprecht present ​show <i>Explainable AI: A sneak peek into the Black-Box</i> at <a href="​https://​youtube.com/watch?v=4NVfPwdLnCg&​amp;​t=17m43s">Science Slam +<​HTML><​table><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2022-06-02</​td><​td>​Erwan Renaudo contributes ​talk <i>Deep Learning for Fast Segmentation of E-waste Devices’  
-    ​</​a>, ​online.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2020-06-22</​td><​td>​Justus Piater ​gives an invited talk <i>Conditional Neural Movement Primitives</i> at <a href="http://www.gdr-isis.fr/index.php?​page=reunion&​amp;​idreunion=424">GdR +    Inner Parts in a Recycling Scenario</i> at <a href="​https://​icprai2022.sciencesconf.org/">​ICPRAI 2022</​a>,​ Paris/​online. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem0',​ '​Abstract'​)">[Abstract]</a></​span><​blockquote id="​newsitem0Abstract"​ style="​display:​none">​Recycling obsolete electronic devices (E-waste) is a 
-    ISIS Réunion Apprentissage et Robotique</​a>, ​online. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem1',​ '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]</​a></​span><​blockquote id="​newsitem1Abstract"​ style="​display:​none">​Conditional Neural Movement Primitives (CNMP) constitute +    dangerous task for human workers. Automated E-waste recycling  
-    ​a novel framework for robot programming by demonstration based on +    is an area of great interest but challenging for current robotic  
-    ​Conditional Neural Processes (CNP) Like Bayesian methods such as +    applications. We focus on the problem of segmenting inner parts  
-    ​Gaussian Processes (GP)CNP learn how target distributions depend +    of E-waste devices into manipulable elements. Firstwe extend  
-    ​on data, and can be conditioned on specific data points ​to infer +    a dataset of hard-drive disk (HDD) components with labelled  
-    new target distributions at test time ​Unlike GP that are +    occluded and non-occluded points of view of the parts, in order  
-    ​expensive to train and scale poorly to high dimensions, CNP are +    to increase the diversity and the quality of the learning data  
-    ​neural networks ​and are trained by gradient descent. ​ CNMP +    with different anglesWe then perform an extensive evaluation  
-    leverage CNP to represent motion trajectories that can be +    with three different state-of-the-art models, namely CenterMask,​ 
-    ​conditioned,​ at test time, on task paramters such as goal +    BlendMask and SOLOv2 (including variants) and two types of  
-    locations, via points, and/or force readings. ​ Moreover, CNMP are +    metrics: the average precision as well as the frame rate. Our  
-    conditioned on sensor readings during execution, resulting in +    results show that instance segmentation using state-of-the-art  
-    robust, reactive behavior. ​ This talk will present an overview of +    deep learning methods can precisely detect complex shapes along  
-    how CNMP work and how they can be used in various robot +    with their boundaries, as well as being suited for fast tracking of 
-    ​applications.</​blockquote></​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2020-06-03</​td><​td>​Justus Piater appears in the media: Wie der Roboter denken lernt.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2020-01-29</​td><​td>​Justus Piater gives an invited talk <i>Digital Science</i> at <a href="​https://​www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de/karriere/veranstaltungsreihen.html">Vortragsreihe +    parts in a robotic recycling system. (Rojas et  al. 2022) 
-    ​„Primers for Predocs – Strategien für eine erfolgreiche +    </​blockquote>​</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2022-05-17</​td><​td>​Erwan Renaudo ​gives an invited talk <i>A Brief tour of autonomous robots'​ &​quot;​Cognition&​quot;​</i> at <a href="https://www.philosophie.uni-konstanz.de/​ag-mueller/​aktuelles/​meldungsdetails-ag-mueller/​2022/​5/​17/​event/​46426-Creating-Agency-and-Cogn/​tx_cal_phpicalendar/">Creating Agency and Cognition in Automated Systems: What can we learn from the Octopus? International Hybrid Workshop</​a>, ​Innsbruck. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem1',​ '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]</​a></​span><​blockquote id="​newsitem1Abstract"​ style="​display:​none">​In the design of &​quot;​Cognitive Robots&​quot;​ software architectures, ​ 
-    Promotion“</​a>, ​Universität Heidelberg. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem4', '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]</​a></​span><​blockquote id="newsitem4Abstract" style="​display:​none">​Massive availability of data and computing power are +    ​researchers had to face many organizational problems due to  
-    ​promoting data-driven methods in all areas of science and +    ​the particular nature of robotsNot only should they manage ​ 
-    ​technology. ​ I will describe ​how the University of Innsbruck +    ​to achieve complex tasks with long-terms goalsbut they must  
-    ​supports ​this via its new Digital Science Centerand will give a +    ​also be reactive ​to their surroundings to preserve their environment
-    ​flavor of machine learning for data analysis.</​blockquote></​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2020-01-20</​td><​td>​Joanna Chimiak-Opoka,​ Carina König, and Justus Piater ​appear ​in the media: ​<a href="​https://​www.uibk.ac.at/newsroom/ergaenzung-digital-science-erfolgreich-gestartet.html.de">Ergänzung Digital Science erfolgreich gestartet – UIBK Newsroom</​a>​.<​/td></​tr><​tr valign="top"><​td>2020-01-03</td><td>​Justus Piater gives an invited talk <​i>​Künstliche IntelligenzGrundlagenErfolge+    ​We will go over several layered control paradigms developed over 
-    ​Herausforderungen</​i>​ at 47Tagung des Innsbrucker Kreises von MoraltheologInnen +    ​the history of robotics ​and see how these can relate ​to the  
-    ​und SozialethikerInnenInnsbruck.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2019-12-19</​td><​td>​Justus Piater ​appears in the media: ​<a href="​https://​tvthek.orf.at/profile/Tirol-heute/​70023/​Tirol-heute/​14035670/​Alexa-Siri-Co-Spione-im-eigenen-Haus/​14610743">TV interview by ORF 2 Tirol Heute RedHaus (in German)</​a>​.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2019-12-12</​td><​td>​Justus Piater gives an invited ​lecture ​<i>Too Smart to Be Trusted ​– Do I Even Want to +    ​knowledge about the Octopus'​ brain organization, and discuss ​ 
-    ​Understand My Robot?</i> at <a href="http://www.trustrobots.eu/">TrustRobots Lecture series +    how the Octopus itself ​can inspire cognitive robotic research. 
-    ​Trust in Robots</​a>, ​TU Vienna.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2019-12-05</​td><​td>​IIS guest <span style="​font-weight:​bold"​>Heiko Neumann</​span>, ​University of Ulm,  gives an invited colloquium <​i>​Biologically inspired visual-auditory processing – from +    </​blockquote></​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2022-05-11</​td><​td>​Justus Piater gives an invited talk <i>Robots That Learn Like Humans?</i> at <a href="​https://​pintofscience.at/events/innsbruck">Pint of 
-    brain-like computation to neuromorphic algorithms</i> at <a href="​https://​www.uibk.ac.at/​informatik/​forschung/​lunchtime-seminar/​index.html.en">​IFI Lunchtime Seminar</​a>​. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem9', '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]</​a></​span><​blockquote id="newsitem9Abstract" style="​display:​none">​A fundamental task of sensory ​processing ​is to detect +    ​Science</​a>, ​Innsbruck. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem2', '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]</​a></​span><​blockquote id="newsitem2Abstract" style="​display:​none">​Wouldn'​t it be great to have a helper robot that we can 
-    ​and integrate feature items to group them into perceptual units +    ​task with our annoying chores? How would we teach the robot to 
-    ​segregating them from other objects ​and the background. A +    ​perform these tasks? Can we build such robots by equipping them 
-    framework is discussed which explains how perceptual grouping at +    with artificial intelligence?​ We will discuss ​how human and 
-    early as well as higher-level cognitive stages may be implemented +    ​machine learning differ and how this impacts what skills, 
-    in cortex. Different grouping mechanisms are implemented which are +    including for communication,​ our helper robot will be able to 
-    ​attuned to basic features and feature combinations and mainly +    ​learn.</​blockquote></​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2022-02-19</​td><​td>​Justus Piater ​gives an invited talk <​i>​Learning as a Creative Process ​in Humans and 
-    evaluated along the forward sweep of stimulus processing. However, +    Machines</​i>​ at <a href="​https://​www.philosophie.uni-konstanz.de/ag-mueller/online-workshop-on-agency-life-and-creativity/​">Workshop 
-    due to limitations of local feature detection mechanisms ​and +    on “Agency, Life, and Creativity”</a>, online. <span class="​actions"​><a href="javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem3',​ '​Abstract'​)">[Abstract]</a></span><blockquote id="​newsitem3Abstract"​ style="​display:none">​Humans constantly engage in creative activity such as 
-    inherent ambiguities,​ top-down feedback is required ​to deliver +    finding explanationsimproving technologyor solving novel 
-    ​contextual information helping to disambiguate initial +    ​problems in everyday lifeEven imitating other humans, e.g. while 
-    measurementsFeedback of contextual information is demonstrated +    ​learning a new skillis creative in that the imitator has to 
-    to improve object recognition performancestabilize learning of +    infer the conceptual structure underlying the observed 
-    ​object categories, ​and integrate multi-sensory representations. +    manifestation and to regenerate the latter from the former. In 
- +    contrast, current AI-enabled agents are unable to generate and 
-    The canonical principles of neural computation define a set of +    draw upon such conceptual structures. Their learning is mostly 
-    ​core operations to implement above-mentioned mechanisms ​of +    driven by statistics, and any ability to produce novelty is 
-    ​perceptual ​and cognitive inferenceThese operations can be +    largely limited to trial and error. I will try to characterize 
-    ​mapped, in a simplified form, onto neuromorphic platforms to +    this fundamental difference between learning in human and 
-    ​emulate brain-like computation. It is demonstrated that an +    artificial agents, and will discuss possible technological 
-    ​architecture composed ​of canonical circuit mechanisms can be +    approaches that might help close this gap.</​blockquote>​</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2021-11-24</​td><​td>​Justus Piater ​is a panelist at a public discussion on <a href="​https://​www.linkedin.com/posts/elsa-innsbruck_letzte-woche-fand-zum-elsa-day-am-24112021-activity-6871397038093869057-16-7">Privacy 
-    mapped onto neuromorphic chip technology facilitating low-energy +    ​in the Digital Age</a>, online(Organized by ELSA Innsbruck)</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2021-10-22</​td><​td>​Justus Piater gives an invited ​talk <i>Robotik und KI in der Medizin ​– nur 
-    non-von Neumann computation.</​blockquote></​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2019-11-26</​td><​td>​IIS guest <span style="​font-weight:​bold">​Tamim Asfour</​span>,​ Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, ​ gives an invited keynote ​<i>Engineering Humanoids with Motion Intelligence</i> at <a href="​https://​www.uibk.ac.at/​informatik/​studium/inday-students/​index.html.en">inday students</a>. <span class="​actions"​><a href="javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem10',​ '​Abstract'​)">[Abstract]</a></span><blockquote id="newsitem10Abstract"​ style="​display:none">Humanoid robotics plays a central role in robotics +    ​Bedarfserweckung?</i> at <a href="https://medical-update-hall.com/​veranstaltungen/">Medical 
-    ​research as well as in understanding intelligence. Engineering +    ​Update Hall 2021 – Fit für das neue Jahrzehnt</​a>, ​UMIT, Hall in Tirol.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2021-08-26</​td><​td>​Justus Piater contributes a talk <i>Digital Science at the University of Innsbruck</i> at Aurora Research Conference Digital Society &amp; Global Citizenship,​ Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem6', '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]</​a></​span><​blockquote id="newsitem6Abstract" style="​display:​none">​Growing data processing ​capacities ​and progress in 
-    humanoid robots that are able to learn from humans ​and +    ​analytical methods ​and artificial intelligence ​are motivating 
-    sensorimotor experience, to predict the consequences ​of actions +    ​entire branches ​of science ​to raise new questions ​and to develop 
-    and exploit the interaction with the world to extend their +    ​new approachesThis digital transformation requires progressive
-    cognitive horizon remains ​research grand challenge. Currently, +    ​interdisciplinary synergies between the computational sciences ​and 
-    we are experiencing AI systems with superhuman performance in +    ​all other scientific disciplines.  ​The Digital Science Center 
-    gamesimage and speech processingHowever, the generation of +    ​(DiSC) at the University ​of Innsbruck meets this challenge by 
-    robot behaviors with human-like motion intelligence and +    ​integrating ​and promoting digitalisation of scientific research
-    performance has yet to be achieved. In this talk, I will present +    ​In this talk I will present some examples of interdisciplinary 
-    recent progress towards engineering 24/7 humanoid robots that link +    ​research by DiSC staff researchers who are experts in specific 
-    perception and action to generate intelligent behaviorI will +    ​aspects ​of digital science.</​blockquote></​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2021-08-24</​td><​td>​Justus Piater contributes a lecture ​<i>Picking and Placing</i> at <a href="​https://​www.uibk.ac.at/​informatik/​forschung/gmar-robotics-school-2021.html">​2021 GMAR Summer School</a>, Villa Blanka, Innsbruck.</td></​tr><​tr valign="top"><​td>​2021-07-01</td><​td>​Justus Piater and Matteo Saveriano give an invited talk <​i>​Making Robots Learn to Perceive and Act with Understanding</iat <a href="https://​webservices.scientificnet.org/​rest/​entries/​api/​v1/​blobs/​200894">Workshop 
-    ​show the ARMAR humanoid robots performing complex grasping and +    and Open Lab on Field Robotics - Interdisciplinary aspects ​of 
-    manipulation tasks in kitchen and industrial environments,​ +    ​robotics ​and its applications in outdoor scenarios</​a>NOI TechparkBolzano, Italy.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2021-05-26</​td><​td>​Justus Piater contributes a talk <​i>​Intelligente und interaktive Systeme</​i>​ at <a href="​http:/​/www.gmar.at/​aktuell/">​GMAR Robotics Science 
-    learning actions from human observation and experience as well as +    ​Talks</a>, online.</​td></​tr></​table></​HTML>​
-    reasoning about object-action relations.</blockquote></​td></​tr></​table></​HTML>​+
  
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