I am organizing the ICRA 2013 Technical Tour to the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, an event of the 2013 IEEE International Conference of Robotics and Automation, Karlsruhe, Germany.
More information at the conference website.
Extract from from the conference website:
Max Planck Institutes for Biological Cybernetics and for Intelligent Systems
"The Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics is studying signal and information processing in the brain. The Department for Human Perception, Cognition and Action is concerned with the fundamental processes of human perception. During the tour we will introduce you to various research groups: the Autonomous Robotics and Human-Machine Systems group, including the research on control of multiple autonomous aerial vehicles (quadrotors) and haptic human-robot interfaces; the Motion Perception in Vehicle Simulation, comprising the Cyber Motion Simulator, an 8-DoFs highly customized KUKA KR-500 robot with a closed actuated cabin; and the Perception and Action in Virtual Environments group.
The aim of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is to understand the principles of perception, action and learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems. During the tour the Department for Empirical Inference will introduce you to the Robot Learning Lab. There, starting from theoretically sound robotic control structures for task representation and execution, the researchers replace analytic modules by more flexible learned ones. To this end, they tackle problems such as accurate, but compliant execution, learning of elementary behaviors, hierarchical composition of behaviors, and parsing complex demonstrations into elementary behaviors."
Schedule (6th May, 2013)
8:00 Departure from Karlsruhe (Kongresszentrum)
9:30 Arriving on the Max Planck Campusival in Tübingen
• Department for Empirical Inference – RoboLab
• Department for Human Perception, Cognition and Action – Virtual Environments; Motion Perception in Vehicle Simulation; Autonomous Robotics and Human-Machine Systems
14:00 Bus to Fraunhofer IPA / Stuttgart
16:45 End of tour
17:00 End of Visit to IPA
17:30 Bus leaves to Karlsruhe for the ICRA Opening