New AI and Robotics

New AI and Robotics

Nathan Labhart's picture

To take robots out of the factories in everyday life is not a free lunch.
Have we the science or even the concept framework to deal with open ended unstructured environments?
How the new paradigms in AI, from swarm intelligence to morphological computation and complex adaptive systems theory applications, (could) help robotics? Is robotics the science of embodied cognition?
Is there a need to extend computation theory to manage the interaction with the physical world?
Does robotics needs a 'paradigm change' from top-down symbolic processing to emerging self-organized cognitive behaviors of complex adaptive dynamical systems?
Which relations are there between new AI, the US NSF idea of CyberPhysical Systems Science, and the concepts of embodied and situated cognition popular in European cognitive sciences community and a significant part of the robotics community?
What does it mean in this context to be 'biomimetic'?

Presenter Information: 

He is currently with The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa. He is also founder and CEO of Heron Robots, a company active in the development of advanced robotics solutions. He was professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid (, where in 2009 he was awarded the Santander - UC3M Chair of Excellence in Robotics. He has been working in the R&D departments of several major Italian and American companies, mainly in the applications of intelligent systems and technology transfer with cordination/management responsibilities for some 20 years. He held academic research positions on robotics and lectured in robotics, industrial control systems and machine design at the Department of Mechanics of the University of Genova. He is author or co-author of more than 100 publications in the areas of robotics, cognition and manufacturing systems in the last few years, since he became an almost full time researcher. His first paper on robot control dates back to 1985.

He is puzzled by foundational and epistemological issues in (embodied) cognition and robotics, while chasing viable real world applications. He is a member of IEEE/RAS, AAAI, CLAWAR, and euCognition. He coordinates the EURON Special Interest Group on Good Experimental Methodology and Benchmarking in Robotics, he is a cochair of IEEE RAS TC-Pebras, and he was a board member of EURON III and a founding director of euRobotics aisbl.


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