Since the dawn of the computer era, we dream of creating artificially intelligent machines with near-human levels of sophistication. We have come a long way, for example with Deep Blue, the chess computer that beat the reigning chess world champion Kasparov in 1997. However, even the simplest chat about the weather is too much for a computer. AI researchers now hold the hypothesis that ‘true’ or ‘strong’ artificial intelligence (the computer really understands what it is talking about) requires that the computer has an artificial body. With this embodiment, the computer feels and sees the world in the same way as humans do.

Martijn Wisse: "In general, AI researchers are computer scientists with little feeling for robot hardware design, and it shows in their robot designs. Therefore, I see it as the role of my research group in Mechanical Engineering, TU Delft, to research and develop the bodies for artificially intelligent computers. This presentation will treat our results on the mechanics of walking, grasping, and safe robot-human contact, culminating in two high-profile projects; the national humanoid robot soccer team, and the affordable easy-to-use laptop-based personal robot".

18.00 uur Ontvangst (met een broodje)
19.00-20.15 uur Lezing + Discussie
20.15-21.00 uur Met een drankje napraten
21.00 uur Einde

Maximum aantal deelnemers: 25

Spreker(s) Martijn Wisse


KIVI NIRIA gebouw, Prinsessegracht 23

Den Haag



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