[CogSci] Fwd: Registration open for the Robust Artificial Intelligence for Neurorobotics (RAI-NR) workshop

Simon Smith artificialsimon at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 04:49:28 PDT 2019

We invite interested participants to register for the workshop on Robust
Artificial Intelligence for Neurorobotics, to be held at the Bayes Centre
at The University of Edinburgh, UK, between 26th-28th of August 2019.

Aim and scope
This meeting aims at bringing together researchers from neural computation,
machine learning and robotics, to explore key issues that must be addressed
along the path to more flexible and capable robots. These issues include
reliability, safety and resource efficiency. We will debate and discuss the
question of how emerging neural network and other neuromorphic technologies
could address these requirements in realistic applications. Robotics brings
stringent constraints on size, weight and power, which challenges the
developers of these technologies in new ways. Equally, the fact that
learning and adaptation might happen on a real physical platform implies a
significantly greater emphasis on ensuring safety and rendering automated
decisions verifiable and explainable.

Talks will address the following themes, and allied topics:
- Robotics and Robot Learning: How are neural network based methods and
neuromorphic design principles driving advances in robotics?
- Systems for AI: How are new advances in neurally inspired computing and
electronic sensing hardware enabling these advances?
- Safety, verification and explainability: How are we developing the new
techniques required to ensure the safety of learning, perception and
control in real world settings?
- Neuroscience of perception and action: How do perspectives on how
animals/humans solve problems help guide advances in robotics?

Invited speakers
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maass, Institut fuer Grundlagen der
 Informationsverarbeitung, Technische Universitaet Graz, Austria
Prof. Chris Eliasmith, Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, University  of
Waterloo, Canada
Dr.ir. Johan Kwisthout, Donders Centre for Cognition, Nijmegen, The
Dr. Rosalyn J. Moran, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and
 Neuroscience, King's College London, UK
Prof. Steve Furber, School of Computer Science, The University of
 Manchester, UK
Prof. Giacomo Indiveri, Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of
 Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Ashish Kapoor, Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA
Prof. Martin Vechev, Department of Computer Science, ETHZ Zurich,
Dr. Yulia Sandamirskaya, Institute of Neuroinformatics, UZH / ETH  Zurich,
Dr. Janos Rohaly, GelSight, Inc., USA

Key Dates and Website


Workshop registration: open until 12th of August 2019
Workshop: 26th-28th of August 2019

Program Committee Chairs
Dr. Joseph Hays – Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Dr. Subramanian Ramamoorthy – The University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr. Christian Tetzlaff - Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience,

This workshop is funded by a grant from the US Office of Naval Research
through their Global office in London (ONR-G), and also supported by an
Alan Turing Institute Fellowship and Sponsored Project on Safety-critical
Artificial Intelligence.

Best regards,
Simón C. Smith
Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour
The University of Edinburgh
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