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Autonomous Robotics: Action, Perception, and Cognition

This course will take place in remote teaching form. All interaction takes place through this webpage.

The course is open to all students. Please register by  follow the link to "e-learing". 

At the scheduled lecture times, we will have live life video-streamed lectures. Once you are registred, you will be able to see the link under "live sessions" in the e-learning portion of this web page. You can join to watch and listen. If you have a microphone, you can join with audio to ask questions. You video cameras will be disabled by default, as multiple video streams tax the clients of the video conference. (Browsers: Chrome and Firefox work best, Safari doesn't work so well, especially for watching the videos.)

Live sessions will start on Thursday, 15th of April 2021 at 14:15. 

The lectures will also be recorded and will be available for asynchronous viewing, although participating in the live session and asking questions is highly encouraged. 

We will have live sessions for the exercises at the listed times. Th exercise sessions will not be recorded.  

All course material will be on this webpage, including links to all the video material, to the lecture slides, exercises, and readings.

After registering, you will be able to upload your solutions to the exercises and will also be able to see your results once your submission has been corrected. You will be also be able to use discussion forums to ask questions synchronously and interact with your peers. 

Autonomous robotics is an interdisciplinary research field in which embodied systems equipped with their own sensors and with actuators generate behavior that is not completely pre-programmed. Autonomous robotics thus entails perception, movement generation, as well as core elements of cognition such as making decisions, planning, and integrating multiple constraints.

This course touches on various approaches to this interdisciplinary problem. In the first half of the course, the main emphais will be on dynamical systems methods for generating movement in vehicles.  The main focus of the course is, however, on solutions to autonomous movement generation that are inspired by analogies with how nervous systems generate movement. In fact, the second half of the course will review core problems in human movement  science, including the degree of freedom problem, coordination, motor control, and the relex control of muscles. 



Course type
6 CP
Summer Term 2021
e-learning course available


Takes place every week on Thursday from 14:15 to 16:00.
First appointment is on 15.04.2021
Last appointment is on 22.07.2021
Takes place every week on Thursday from 16:15 to 17:00.
First appointment is on 22.04.2021
Last appointment is on 22.07.2021


The course is accompanied by exercises, which will be posted weekly. Participants will upload their solutions, which will be corrected and marked (for bonus points). The exercises and their solutions will be discussed by Rachid Ramadan in the weekly exercise live session.

Further reading

Readings will be posted on this web page. Also have a look at the web page of the Dynamic  Field Theory community that is interested in related problems and solutions. There you find more exercises, reading material, slides and lecture videos 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.

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