TERAIS - Towards Excellent Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at a Slovak university
Cognitive Systems, Comenius University in Bratislava Slovakia
Knowledge Technology, Universität Hamburg, Germany
IIT Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
The TERAIS project aims at collaborating with the Department of Applied Informatics at Comenius University in Bratislava to become a workplace of international academic excellence in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. To achieve this, the project aims to (1) prepare conditions for systematic development of research capacity in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, (2) establish sustainable networking and collaboration links with partner institutions Comenius University in Bratislava, Universität Hamburg and the Italian Institute of Technology, in order to boost institutional international research at Comenius University.
The partnership will comprise, in addition to the Department of Applied Informatics at Comenius University in Bratislava, the Knowledge Technology team at Universität Hamburg - with excellent expertise in neural networks, deep learning and crossmodal learning for developmental robotics - and two units at Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa - with excellent experience in humanoid robotics, control using physical and simulated robots and human-robot interaction. The project is expected to contribute to promoting research excellence in AI and Robotics in Comenius University in Bratislava based on the expertise from the Knowledge Technology Team in Hamburg and the IIT Team in Genoa.
Researchwise, the TERAIS project spans the areas of advancement of cognitive robotics and human–robot interaction which are considered aiming to improve the quality of life. Constructivist computational approaches (understanding cognition by building artifacts) are expected to play an increasingly more important role in the future. Artificial neural networks, as a successful machine learning approach, are primarily used as building AI blocks for robots. Cognitive robotics stands on three pillars (research areas) - artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive science and robotics. In this process, cognitive science will very likely pave its way to help build more explainable, trustworthy and sense-making AI solutions. Flexibility and versatility is even more articulated in cognitive robotics, enabling truly multimodal flexible robots deployable for human-oriented applications and human-robot interaction.
PI: Prof. Dr. Stefan Wermter
Associate: Hassan Ali, Dr. Matthias Kerzel, Dipl.-Ing. Erik Strahl, Dr. Cornelius Weber