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International Virtual Conference on Embodied Intelligence

International Virtual Conference on Embodied Intelligence

The Department of Engineering’s Bio-inspired Robotics Laboratory will host an international conference on the research field of embodied intelligence – attracting expert speakers including philosophers, neuroscientists, biologists and roboticists.

We have organised this conference for free so that all academics and students can learn more about this broad, fascinating field from world-leading researchers.

Professor Fumiya Iida

Taking place online from 22-24 March, the International Conference on Embodied Intelligence, which is free to attend, aims to discuss the challenges and opportunities in embodied intelligence – a research field closely linked to computational intelligence, robotics and neuroscience.

The conference will answer a number of questions, including, but not limited to:

  • How does computation come about from embodiment?
  • How does language emerge?
  • How do we understand intelligence and what theories and technologies do we have to represent it?
  • How can we measure complexity, consciousness, and intelligence?
  • What ethical questions arise from embodied intelligence?

The conference is structured with a morning session and afternoon session each day to accommodate different time zones. Each session includes plenary talks, panel discussions (including flash talks by leading researchers) and breakout sessions. While plenary and panel speakers are by invitation-only, wider contributions in breakout sessions for more focused and technical discussions are encouraged.

Register to attend by Friday 17 March.

Professor Fumiya Iida, one of the conference organisers and general chair, said: “This is our third International Conference on Embodied Intelligence and our annual flagship event that attracts worldwide attention.

“Superstars in the field of embodied intelligence research make up our confirmed plenary and invited speakers from disciplines including robotics, AI, material science, engineering, psychology and philosophy. They come from across the globe including the UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, China, South Korea, Sweden, Singapore, Spain, Czech Republic and more. We have organised this conference for free so that all academics and students can learn more about this broad, fascinating field from world-leading researchers.”

Confirmed plenary/invited speakers:

John Rogers, Northwestern University, USA        

Ellen Roche, MIT, USA

Anil Seth, Sussex University, UK        

Ilana Nisky, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Jan Peters, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

Aude Billard, EPFL, Switzerland        

Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Shoji Takeuchi, University of Tokyo, Japan        

Tetsushi Nonaka, Kobe University, Japan

Guangming Xie, Beijing University, China        

Yong-Lae Park, Seoul National, South Korea

Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany        

Tom Ziemke, Linköping University, Sweden

Guoying Gu, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China        

Cecilia Laschi, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Kirstin Petersen, Cornell University, USA        

Matej Hoffmann, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

Josh Bongard, University of Vermont, USA        

Josie Hughes, EPFL, Switzerland

Rachael Jack, University of Glasgow, UK

Concepcion Alicia Monje Michaeret, University of Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Jake Abbott, University of Utah, USA

Andrew Sabelhaus, Boston University, USA

John Rieffel, Union College, USA

Singo Shimoda, Riken, Japan

Poramate Manoonpong, University of Southern Denmark

Surya Nurzaman, Monash University, Malaysia

Thomas George Thuruthel, UCL, UK

Thilina Lalitharatne, QMUL, UK

Helmut Hauser, University of Bristol, UK

Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Waterloo, Canada

Alexandre Pitti, CY Cergy Paris Université, France

...and many more to follow.

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