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Autonomous Robotics: Action, Perception, and Cognition

In response to the Corona crisis, the RUB is shifting the begin of the lecture cycle for the SS2020 to April 20. So the first lecture of this course is now planned for April 23, 14:15. But keep checking, as events are moving quickly. There is a possibility that lectures may be in remote form. 

Neural computation is concerned with the discovery of new solutions to technical problems of information processing. These solutions are sought based on analogies with nervous systems and the behaviour of organisms.

This course focuses on three exemplary problems to illustrate this approach:
(a) Artificial action (autonomous robotics);
(b) Artificial perception (robot vision);
(c) Artificial cognition (simplest cognitive capabilities of autonomous robots such as decision making, scene representation, working memory, sequence generation, behavioral organization).

The main method is nonlinear dynamical systems applied to neural networks, leading to Dynamic Field Theory and neural dynamics.

Lecturers

Details

Course type
Lectures
Credits
6 CP
Term
Summer Term 2020

Dates

Lecture
Takes place every week on Thursday from 14:15 to 16:00 in room NB 3/57.
First appointment is on 23.04.2020
Last appointment is on 16.07.2020
Exercise
Takes place every week on Thursday from 16:15 to 17:00 in room NB 3/57.
First appointment is on 23.04.2020
Last appointment is on 16.07.2020

Exercises

Usually, we upload an exercise sheet after each lecture. This sheet has to be handed in before the lecture of the following week (alternatively, you can hand it in via email to rachid.ramadan@ini.rub.de), which gives you a week to work on the solutions.

After collecting your solutions, we take a week to correct them and then discuss them in the exercise session following the lecture.

Exercises are corrected, and exercise sessions lead by Rachid Ramadan.

Further reading

In case you are interested in additional material that goes beyond the scope of the course, have a look at the web page of our community.  It contains more exercises, reading materials, slides and talks that have some overlap with the lecture.

The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We aim to understand the fundamental principles through which organisms generate behavior and cognition while linked to their environments through sensory systems and while acting in those environments through effector systems. Inspired by our insights into such natural cognitive systems, we seek new solutions to problems of information processing in artificial cognitive systems. We draw from a variety of disciplines that include experimental approaches from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and applied computer science, in particular machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.

Universitätsstr. 150, Building NB, Room 3/32
D-44801 Bochum, Germany

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