German-Israeli Minerva School on Cognitive Robotics


The proposed Minerva School will focus on the rapidly developing area of Cognitive Robotics. Fully autonomous robots capable of performing new tasks in complex and unknown environments and interacting with people still do not exist. For robots to actually enter real-world settings, they must be endowed with human-like cognitive capabilities to cope with dynamic, non-deterministic, and unstructured human populated environments. Thus, the robots must be equipped with advanced perception, dexterity and manipulation, as
well as the ability to adapt to changing conditions and to learn new tasks efficiently. They also need the physical and behavioural characteristics that will make interaction social and agreeable to humans. Research in this area will benefit in two ways: understanding cognitive processes in humans and animals in order to create autonomous robots that can interact intuitively with humans and in human environments, and also using insights gained in these robotic experiments in order to improve our understanding of the principles of intelligence and their applicability.

Principal Investigators
Hafner, Verena Prof. Dr. sc. nat. (Details) (Adaptive Systems)

Duration of Project
Start date: 10/2013
End date: 09/2014

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