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-<​HTML><​table><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2021-03-24</​td><​td>​Justus Piater gives an invited lecture ​<i>Machine ​Learning, Perception, And Abstract Concepts</i> at Invited lecture at Ontario Tech U, Canada, online. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem0',​ '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]</​a></​span><​blockquote id="​newsitem0Abstract"​ style="​display:​none">​With every spectacular achievement of machine learning +<​HTML><​table><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2022-06-02</​td><​td>​Erwan Renaudo contributes a talk <i>Deep Learning ​for Fast Segmentation of E-waste Devices’  
-    ​system, the long-elusive AI breakthrough ​is popularly proclaimed +    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 
-    ​to be just around ​the corner Most recent successes have been due +    ​dangerous task for human workers. Automated E-waste recycling  
-    ​in large part to massive data and computation, in particular using +    ​is an area of great interest but challenging for current robotic ​ 
-    ​deep artificial neural networks. ​ But can artificial cognition +    ​applications. We focus on the problem of segmenting inner parts  
-    ​really be achieved just by further scaling up existing +    of E-waste devices into manipulable elementsFirst, we extend ​ 
-    ​machine-learning techniques? ​ I discuss examples ​of simple+    ​a dataset of hard-drive disk (HDD) components with labelled  
-    ​perceptual problems ​that are easily solved by humans but very +    occluded ​and non-occluded points of view of the parts, in order  
-    ​difficult for today'​s machine ​learning methods.  These problems +    ​to increase the diversity and the quality of the learning data  
-    ​reflect how humans conceptualize ​their world. ​ Their mastery is +    ​with different angles. We then perform an extensive evaluation ​ 
-    thus likely to be an essential prerequisite ​for autonomous robots +    ​with three different state-of-the-art models, namely CenterMask
-    ​to attain higher levels of cognitive abilities.  ​To get there, a +    ​BlendMask and SOLOv2 (including variants) and two types of  
-    ​few core issues can be identified that should drive research in +    metrics: the average precision as well as the frame rate. Our  
-    cognitive robotics.</​blockquote></​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2021-01-28</​td><​td>​Matteo Saveriano ​gives an invited talk <i>Making ​robots ​to learn from human observation?​</i> at <a href="​https://​www.bmeia.gv.at/en/austrian-embassy-ottawa/news/events/detail/article/showcasing-young-austrian-scholars-and-scientists-an-original-seven-part-virtual-lectures-ser/">Showcasing Young Austrian Scholars ​and ScientistsAustrian cultural forumOttawa</​a>, ​online.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2021-01-14</​td><​td>​Matteo Saveriano ​gives an invited talk <i>Hierarchical action decomposition and motion learning for the execution of manipulation tasks</i> at <a href="http://www.gmar.at/aktuell/">Hello Tyrol calling! Robotics Talk online, GMAR, Innsbruck</​a>, ​online.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2020-11-19</​td><​td>​Justus Piater gives an invited talk <i>Machine ​Learning in Robotics</i> at <a href="​https://​baiome.org/">bAIome PI Talk, Center for +    results show that instance segmentation using state-of-the-art ​ 
-    ​Biomedical AIUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf</a>, online. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem4', '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]</​a></​span><​blockquote id="newsitem4Abstract" style="​display:​none">​Machine Learning increasingly equips robots with +    ​deep learning methods ​can precisely detect complex shapes along  
-    ​learning capabilities and flexibility This will enable them to +    ​with their boundaries, as well as being suited ​for fast tracking of 
-    ​act purposefully ​in unstructured environments and to react to +    ​parts in a robotic recycling system(Rojas et  al. 2022) 
-    ​unforeseen events. ​ People can teach them intuitively ​to perform +    </​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 
-    ​tasks instead of having ​to program them in painstaking ways+    researchers had to face many organizational problems due to  
-    ​Robots can learn from experience ​and can improve their behavior +    the particular nature of robotsNot only should they manage  
-    ​over time In this talk I will give an overview of methods, +    to achieve complex tasks with long-terms goals, but they must  
-    ​opportunities,​ and challenges of machine ​learning in +    also be reactive to their surroundings to preserve their environment. 
-    ​robotics.</​blockquote></​td></​tr><​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</a>, online.</​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2020-09-30</​td><​td>​Erwan Renaudo contributes a talk <i>ROSSINI: RobOt kidS deSIgn thiNkIng</i> at <a href="​https://​www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030674106">Robotics in  +    We will go over several layered control paradigms developed over 
-    ​Education 2020</​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 +    the history of robotics and see how these can relate to the  
-    ISIS Réunion Apprentissage et Robotique</​a>​online. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem7', '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]</​a></​span><​blockquote id="newsitem7Abstract" style="​display:​none">​Conditional Neural Movement Primitives (CNMP) constitute +    knowledge about the Octopus'​ brain organization,​ and discuss  
-    ​a novel framework for robot programming by demonstration based on +    how the Octopus itself can inspire cognitive robotic research. 
-    Conditional Neural Processes (CNP). ​ Like Bayesian ​methods ​such as +    </​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 
-    ​Gaussian Processes (GP), CNP learn how target distributions depend +    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 
-    on data, and can be conditioned on specific data points ​to infer +    task with our annoying chores? How would we teach the robot to 
-    new target distributions at test time ​Unlike GP that are +    perform these tasks? Can we build such robots by equipping them 
-    ​expensive to train and scale poorly to high dimensions, CNP are +    with artificial intelligence?​ We will discuss how human and 
-    ​neural networks and are trained by gradient descent.  ​CNMP +    machine learning differ and how this impacts what skills, 
-    ​leverage CNP to represent motion trajectories that can be +    including for communication,​ our helper robot will be able to 
-    conditioned, ​at test time, on task paramters such as goal +    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 
-    ​locations, via points, ​and/or force readings ​Moreover,​ CNMP are +    Machines</i> at <a href="​https://​www.philosophie.uni-konstanz.de/​ag-mueller/​online-workshop-on-agency-life-and-creativity/">Workshop 
-    ​conditioned on sensor readings during execution, resulting in +    ​on “AgencyLife, 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 
-    robust, reactive behavior. ​ This talk will present ​an overview ​of +    ​finding explanations,​ improving technology, or solving novel 
-    ​how CNMP work and how they can be used in various robot +    problems in everyday lifeEven imitating other humans, e.g. while 
-    ​applications.</​blockquote></​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2020-06-03</​td><​td>​Justus Piater ​appears in the mediaWie 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 +    ​learning a new skill, is creative ​in that the imitator has to 
-    „Primers for Predocs – Strategien für eine erfolgreiche +    ​infer the conceptual structure underlying the observed 
-    Promotion“<​/a>, Universität Heidelberg. <span class="​actions"><​a href="​javascript:​void(0)"​ onclick="​showHide('​newsitem10',​ '​Abstract'​)">​[Abstract]<​/a></span><​blockquote id="​newsitem10Abstract"​ style="​display:​none">Massive availability of data and computing power are +    manifestation and to regenerate the latter from the former. In 
-    ​promoting data-driven methods in all areas of science and +    ​contrast, current AI-enabled agents are unable ​to generate and 
-    ​technology. ​ I will describe how the University of Innsbruck +    draw upon such conceptual structuresTheir learning is mostly 
-    supports this via its new Digital Science Center, and will give a +    ​driven by statistics, ​and any ability to produce novelty is 
-    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></​table></​HTML>​+    ​largely limited to trial and error. I will try to characterize 
 +    ​this fundamental difference between ​learning in human and 
 +    ​artificial agents, and will discuss possible technological 
 +    approaches that might help close this gap.</​blockquote></​td></​tr><​tr valign="​top"><​td>​2021-11-24</​td><​td>​Justus Piater is 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 
 +    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 
 +    Bedarfserweckung?​</i> at <a href="​https://​medical-update-hall.com/veranstaltungen/">Medical 
 +    ​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 CitizenshipVrije 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 
 +    ​analytical ​methods ​and artificial intelligence are motivating 
 +    ​entire branches of science to raise new questions ​and to develop 
 +    new approachesThis digital transformation requires progressive,​ 
 +    ​interdisciplinary synergies between the computational sciences ​and 
 +    ​all other scientific disciplines.  ​The Digital Science Center 
 +    ​(DiSC) ​at the University of Innsbruck meets this challenge by 
 +    ​integrating ​and promoting digitalisation of scientific research
 +    ​In this talk will present ​some examples ​of interdisciplinary 
 +    ​research by DiSC staff researchers who are experts ​in specific 
 +    ​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</i> at <a href="​https://​webservices.scientificnet.org/rest/entries/api/v1/blobs/​200894">Workshop 
 +    ​and Open Lab on Field Robotics ​Interdisciplinary aspects ​of 
 +    ​robotics and its applications in outdoor scenarios</a>, NOI Techpark, Bolzano, 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 
 +    Talks</a>, online.</​td></​tr></​table></​HTML>​
  
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