ShanghAI Lectures 2013 are starting! (read more)

ShanghAI Lectures 2013 are starting! (read more)

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We, Fabio Bonsignorio (University Carlos III of Madrid and HeronRobots), with a substantial cooperation from Rolf Pfeifer and Nathan Labhart (University of Zurich), will continue with the project!

As Rolf Pfeifer's general introduction to Embodied AI is available as a recording on the ShanghAI Lectures website, the idea is now to update the "main lecture" by distributing it among experts in their respective fields. Fabio Bonsignorio will coordinate. He and Rolf Pfeifer will provide the context (introduction, moderation, and conclusion). The lectures will be hosted by University Carlos III of Madrid, University of Zurich, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Humboldt University Berlin. We will keep a strong focus on morphological computation, embodied cognition and soft robotics. As always, there will be 1-2 invited guest lectures each week, including:

  • Minoru Asada (Osaka University)
  • Angelo Cangelosi (Universty of Plymouth)
  • Tamar Flash (Weizmann Institute)
  • Danica Kragic (KTH)
  • Yasuo Kuniyoshi (University of Tokyo)
  • Pedro Lima (IST Lisbon)
  • Giorgio Metta (IIT)
  • Vincent Mueller (Anatolia College and Oxford University)
  • Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Manuela Veloso (CMU)
  • Hector Zenil (Karolinska Institutet)
  • More to come...

The lectures and guest presentations will again be held via videoconference, and the recordings will be made available on the ShanghAI Lectures site. To simplify the organization and make the lecture series more attractive to students, there will be no mandatory exercises, but optional group projects that yield a "certificate of achievement" at the end of the course. Students are free to choose their communication tools (flashmeeting, Skype, 3-D environment, website, e-mail, chat…).

The lectures will take place as usual on Thursdays* from 9:30–11:30 CET.


  • General rehearsal: 10 October 2013
  • First lecture: 17 October 2013
  • Last lecture: 19 December 2013

We hope that you and your students would join this on-going experiment this fall term (we still have a few available slots). If you are interested to know more, please write to

We're looking forward to having you aboard the new ShanghAI Lectures!

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