14-17 August 2018
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
Europe/Berlin timezone

Tom Froese

Dr. Froese is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Sciences of the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Systems Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is the coordinator of the 4E Cognition Group, and a member of the Center for Complexity Sciences, both at the same university. Froese is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Adaptive Behavior. In 2016 he was the general co-chair of The Fifteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Artificial Life, and in 2017 he was the track chair of the Cognition and Linguistics track of the Conference on Complex Systems. Froese received his Doctorate degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Sussex, and his Master’s degree in Computer Science and Cybernetics from the University of Reading. His current research interests include the origins of life, the origins of human cognition, and the origins of social awareness.

Koh Hosoda

Koh Hosoda received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan in 1993. He was an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Department from 1993 to 1997, and an associate professor of Graduate School of Engineering from 1997 to 2010, at Osaka University. He was a guest professor in Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Zurich from Apr. 1998 to Mar. 1999. He was a group leader of JST Asada ERATO Project from 2005 to 2010. From 2010 to 2014, he was a professor of Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University. Since 2014, he has been a professor of Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University.

Auke Jan Ijspeert

Auke Ijspeert is a full professor at the EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne), and head of the Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob). He has a B.Sc./M.Sc. in physics from the EPFL (1995), and a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (1999). He carried out postdocs at IDSIA and EPFL, and at the University of Southern California (USC).  His research interests are at the intersection between robotics, computational neuroscience, nonlinear dynamical systems, and applied machine learning. He is interested in using numerical simulations and robots to get a better understanding of animal locomotion and movement control, and in using inspiration from biology to design novel types of robots and locomotion controllers (see for instance Ijspeert et al, Science, Vol. 315. no. 5817, pp. 1416 - 1420, 2007 and Ijspeert, Science Vol. 346, no. 6206, 2014). With his colleagues, he has received paper awards at ICRA2002, CLAWAR2005, IEEE Humanoids 2007, IEEE ROMAN 2014, and CLAWAR 2015. He was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (2009-2013), and is since July 2015 member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine. He has acted as guest editor for the Proceedings of IEEE,  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Autonomous Robots, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, and Biological Cybernetics. He has been the organizer of 6 international conferences (BioADIT2004, SAB2004, AMAM2005, BioADIT2006, LATSIS2006, SSRR2016), and a program committee member of over 60 conferences.

Jan Peters

Jan Peters is a full professor (W3) for Intelligent Autonomous Systems at the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt and at the same time a senior research scientist and group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, where he heads the interdepartmental Robot Learning Group. Jan Peters has received the Dick Volz Best 2007 US PhD Thesis Runner-Up Award, the Robotics: Science & Systems - Early Career Spotlight, the INNS Young Investigator Award, and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society's Early Career Award. Recently, he received an ERC Starting Grant.

Jan Peters has studied Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical and Control Engineering at TU Munich and FernUni Hagen in Germany, at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Southern California (USC). He has received four Master's degrees in these disciplines as well as a Computer Science PhD from USC. Jan Peters has performed research in Germany at DLR, TU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (in addition to the institutions above), in Japan at the Advanced Telecommunication Research Center (ATR), at USC and at both NUS and Siemens Advanced Engineering in Singapore.