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Robotics and AI. From Research to Society – 2019

4. November 2020 - 9:00 - 17:00

Free – DKK350

Robotics and AI. From Research to Society

Program for November 6th 2019

Will be held in the Oticon hall at DTU

November 6th 2019 - Robotics and AI. From Research to Society

9.00 - 9.10

Welcome. Anders Bjarklev

9.10 - 9.15

Roberto galeazzi: a new technological revolution at the horizon

While Industry 4.0 is still unfolding introducing major changes in production processes and boosting a new economic growth, a new technological revolution is already at the horizon whose pervasiveness will breach the walls of the factories and reshape the whole society as we know it. A new era is coming where machine intelligence will cross new frontiers and where collaboration between man and machines will determine new working paradigms. The rise of the collaborative autonomous systems era has already begun and future generations of engineers and technology developers need to be geared up to surf and steer the new technological wave. The Technical University of Denmark leads the way into this new technological revolution concomitantly launching the Centre for Collaborative Autonomous Systems, new outstanding experimental facilities for collaborative drone technologies and a new MSc program in Autonomous Systems.

9.15 - 9.20

Robotics/ Automation at DTU: Ole ravn

9.20 - 9.50

Alessandro Rossi: sensors for robotics

When talking about robotics, gyroscopes FOC, inertial measurement units IMU and inertial navigation units ONS are essential. One of the global leaders in inertial navigation solutions is KVH. Business Development Manager Alessandro Rossi will talk about sensors and what is important to focus on for different applications. You will see many different applications: self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles, VTOL & Fixed wing drones, directed energy platforms, 3D mobile mapping, driver assist ( self parking, collision avoidance, auto-braking), navigation, motion sensing and robotics, GPS augmentation, Oil and gas exploration ( subsea, underground pipelines) – Mining operations, humanoid robots and augmented reality (Virtual map overlays on real-time imagery).

9.50 - 10.10

Morten jacobsen. experience using technology in school for children with special needs

Telepresence robots and Virtual reality improve quality of life for students that can’t attend school due to physical or mental illness? See for yourself how the technology enables the ability to be a part of class even though the student is at home. You’ll be given examples of how to customize the technology, so it makes sense in an educational context, and you’ll see how the robot works. This presentation will be based on a case study of a 12-year-old Danish boy who hasn’t been to school for more than two years but has been beamed in on the robot everyday instead. It’s all about looking beyond the wow factor and instead focusing on the possibilities of new technology.

10.10 - 10.30


4 startups at any level: from early development to growth stage

Hanna Jarmer. CEO. Go-dogo

Jonas Wilstrup. CEO. Abzu

Mie Haraldsted. CEO. Aim Robotics

Mirvais Yousefi. CEO. LUXC

10.30 - 10.45

Coffee/ tea

10.45 - 11.15

Thomas Bolander: how to make future robots socially intelligen

Thomas will present some of his recent research in social aspects of artificial intelligence AI. The goal is to allow AI systems to do social perspective taking. Popularly speaking, this means to give them the ability to put themselves into the shoes of others. In humans, this ability is essential for our ability to collaborate and interact. It is reasonable to believe that it will come to play an equally essential role in the robots of the future – at least if we expect to engage with them in a robust and flexible way based on mutual understanding. In trying to provide robots with the ability to do social perspective taking, Thomas has sought inspiration in what we currently know about human social intelligence from cognitive psychology, philosophy and neuroscience. In his talk he will explain and demonstrate how we have used this inspiration to provide a humanoid robot with the ability to do social perspective taking and pass tests that were originally developed to test human cogniti

11.15 - 11.45

Martin Mose: ai and robotics - what are the ethical challenges?

AI and robotics are fields in rapid development these days. What are some of the ethical implications of such technologies? How do we keep pur algorithms fair and free from discrimination? What are the ethical pitfalls of welfare robots, for instance simulating human emotions? In this talk Martin Mose will look at AI and robotics from the point of view of the ethicist.

11.45 - 12.45


12.45 - 13.05

Silvia tolu: neuro-robotics· connecting body, environment and brain


Understanding the brain is a challenge that more than 100 research institutions in Europe are trying to achieve in the framework of one of the two largest scientific projects ever funded by the European union, the 10-years project called: The Human Brain. This project aims to map the human brain and create an ICT-based research infrastructure to help advance neuroscience, medicine and computing. Among 13 sub-projects, the tenth is dedicated to Neuro-robotics in which researchers have created a platform for linking virtual brain models and simulated robot bodies. The main goal of the team at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is to get new insights into the brain’s connections ant its interactions with the body and surroundings, so that the brain is not only understood as a closed, abstract entity. We will discuss the brain and body relationship, and its importance on AI and robotics. Our approach is exemplified by bio-mimetic modular control architectures based on cerebellar internal models concept and machine learning optimisation that lead to a real-time control system. The system has been tested on different robotic platforms under both manipulation, visual, and locomotion tasks. This will be the state-of-the-art for more complex bio-inspired control architectures for neuro-robotics towards emulating the central nervous system functioning in motor control and learning. 

13.05 - 13.25

Mie haraldsted.ceo aim-robotics. design


What is good design? CEO at Aim Robotics Mie Haraldsted will share her thoughts on different paths to finding solutions for new tech. She will do this by introducing some of the projects she has worked on over the years: from guns to vacuum cleaners to cobots… – some made it to the market and some did not. All products had new tech and new user scenarios to consider so the route to get to a solution was different every time. Come and learn how she navigates in this space.

13.25 - 13.45

teodor petrov. Architecture and robotics

What is the future of architecture?

14.15 - 14.30

Coffee/ tea

14.30 - 14.40

vanessa carpenter. women in hardware

Presentation of Women in hardware and some thoughts about some statistics about women in engineering.

15.05 - 15.30

jacob juul-lou. can chinese tech innovators leapfrog westrn counterparts?



Chinese tech firms have outpaced most advanced countries in terms of new technology adaption, which has been driving tremendous growth and innovation in China. China’s fast-changing, complex and often ambiguous business environment is making Chinese tech entrepreneurs rethink how they plan for the future, how they can deliver goods and services that global consumers are prepared to pay for and in the process create new jobs. As products made in China become more sophisticated it will also increasingly be Chinese consumers that set global standards and preferences. Given the speed with which their buying power is rising, products, technologies and business models will often leapfrog entire stages of development. Especially Chinese Internet entrepreneurs that have been coping with the complexities of China’s market and business environment can be far better placed to come up with future answers than even the most experienced multinationals.

15.30 - 16.30

Visit the new autonomous systems test arena at dtu. Open House


End of the day

Oticon Hall at DTU

RoboInsights event will take place in the beautiful Oticon Hall designed by Kim Utzon architect 2002. 


How do we want to live with robots. This and many more questions will be discussed at RoboInsights 6th November 2019

Program subject to change

Are you interested in speaking?

If you are interested in speaking, please contact Marianne Andersen ma@roboinsights.com – we are especially interested in cases: where is the technology being used and what are the good/ challenging stories to tell.


4. November 2020
9:00 - 17:00
Free – DKK350
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Oticon salen, DTU, Kongens Lyngby Denmark


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