The first ShanghAI Lecture

Thierry Bücheler, project manager of the ShanghAI Lectures in 2009, opens the very first lecture

Getting ready at KIT

Lecture hall at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology -- waiting for the students

ShanghAI Lectures in Osaka

Students attending the ShanghAI Lectures 2011 at Osaka University, Japan

First lecture from UC3M (Madrid)

Fabio Bonsignorio opening the ShanghAI Lectures 2013 edition

Lecture hall in Zürich

Students attending the ShanghAI Lectures at the University of Zürich, Switzerland

Rolf Pfeifer in Shanghai

Warming up for the ShanghAI Lectures 2009 at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Lecture hall at RSUH (Moscow, Russia)

Students attending lectures in 2010 at the Russian State University for the Humanities

Lecture hall at KIT

Students following the lectures at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Discussion Session in Wonderland

Students gather as avatars in the 3-dimensional virtual environment (2010)

Videoconference and Recording

Equipment in the lecture hall at the University of Zürich, Switzerland

Russian State University for the Humanities

The first lecture being presented to the audience in 2010


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Student registration open

The student registration for the 2014 ShanghAI Lectures is now open, just click on "Create new account" on the top of the page. While anyone can register as a member of the ShanghAI community, students who want to participate in the group projects should register with the option "I'm a student and want to participate in the exercises".

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New semester about to begin!

The 2014 edition of the ShanghAI Lectures are about to begin! The first lecture is today Thursday the 16th of October at 09:00 CEST, with Rolf Pfeifer, Fabio Bonsignorio and Koh Hosoda.

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2014 lecture schedule published

Checkout the lectures page for the current lecture schedule.

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2014 participant sites

The list of weekly participant sites for 2014 has now been updated, looks like a great semester ahead!

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The ShanghAI Lectures 2014 Edition are coming!

Check back on this website soon for this year's schedule and participating sites...

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Rolf Pfeifer's Farewell Lecture

Rolf Pfeifer, the founding father of the ShanghAI Lectures and director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, will retire later this year. His farewell lecture takes place today (Friday 23 May) from 16:00–17:30 UTC at the University of Zurich and will be streamed live on the internet here. He will remain a guest speaker in future ShanghAI Lectures!

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Friday presentation link

Here is the link for the Adobe Connect session for today's presentations:

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Thanks to the 3 student groups presenting today, a very interesting and interactive session! Please also checkout Friday's schedule on the Kōans page. The talks will be available through Adobe Connect.

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Rolf on TEDx

Checkout Rolf Pfeifer's recent talk on TEDxZurich, a very nice 20 minute summary of some of the concepts presented in class, also starring Roboy!

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Additional Webots example

Checkout the bottom of the Kōans page for a simple example of a mobile robot with proximity sensors and cameras.

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Lecture 5 recordings available

The video recordings and the presentation slides from Lecture 5 (14 November) are now available from the Lectures page.

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Important: Webots licenses

All students registered as participating in the lectures will be provided with a license for Cyberbotics Webots for the semester. Please download and register for a 30 day trial of Webots Pro using the email registered with your ShanghAI Lectures website account (let us know if you used another email address). In a few weeks time your license will be extended until the end of the semester.

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Student groups published

The student groups have been published on the Kōans page. Please contact Martin F. Stoelen if you are not listed or have found other errors.

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Kōan selection deadline coming up!

Please remember that the deadline for selecting your preferred Kōans is tomorrow 5 November! Log in to your account on the website and send a message to Avinash Ranganath with the Koan numbers in the subject (1st and 2nd choice).

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Webots examples

We have made available 3 useful Webots examples on the bottom of the Kōans page.


Goals of the ShanghAI Lectures

The ShanghAI Lectures project aims at
  • building a sustainable community of students and researchers in the area of Embodied Intelligence
  • making education and knowledge on cutting-edge scientific topics accessible to everyone
  • exploring novel methods of knowledge transfer
  • overcoming the complexity of a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary learning context
  • bringing global teaching to a new level
These lectures about Natural and Artificial Intelligence are held via videoconference at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Italy, Humboldt University Berlin in Germany, University of Plymouth and University of Salford in the UK, University of Osaka in Japan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, and about 10 other universities and research organizations around the globe. Students from the participating universities work together on the exercises, using a powerful robotics simulator software, Cyberbotics Webots.

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