Frontiers in AI and Robotics, September 3rd

Join us, September 3rd when we open the (virtual) doors and invite you inside to experience what is happening in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics research and innovation at Aarhus University. 

Given the rapid pace of developments in associated areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, cloud systems, cyber-physical systems as well as the availability of low-cost processors and various sensors, robotics has been and will continue to be a game-changer in academia and industry. 

In today’s world, it is no longer sufficient to design robotic systems that are able to perform repetitive tasks. We must be ready to push the boundaries by leveraging the current state-of-the-art autonomy level towards smarter systems – systems that will learn and interact with their environment, collaborate with people and other systems, plan their future actions and execute a given task accurately. 

In this online event, we will give a short update on how we address these topics at Aarhus University with a line-up of distinguished speakers, who are the leaders within their research fields. This event is organized in collaboration with DACAS-Rob (Danish Academic Society of Robotics). 



13:00: Welcome, Erdal Kayacan, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, followed by Aarhus University’s vision for robotics and AI, Brian Vinter, Vice Dean, Faculty of Technical Sciences


13:06: Keynote 1: Fast and agile aerial robots for search and rescue operations, Erdal Kayacan, AU, ECE

13:17: Application 1: Drones for power line inspection, Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen, AU, ECE

13:23: Keynote 2: Deep learning for computer vision and robotics, Alexandros Iosifidis, AU, ECE

13:34: Application 2: Event-based processors and sensors, Farshad Moradi, AU ECE

13:40: Application 3: Digital twins and robotic systems, Peter Gorm Larsen, AU, ECE

13:45: Q&A session 1

13:55: Online visit to Deep Tech Experimental Hub


14:01: Keynote 3: Integrative Social Robotics, Johanna Seibt, AU School of Culture and Society

14:12: Application 4: Multi-Scale Robotic Manipulation for Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering, Xuping Zhang, AU MPE

14:18: Keynote 4: How to create nanoscale robots for future medical and technological application, Kurt Vesterager Gothelf, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, AU

14:29: Application 5: Use of drones for nature protection about the impact of global change on biodiversity and ecosystems, Signe Normand, AU Dept. of Biology

14:35: Application 6: Bio-inspired approaches for robotics, Lukas Esterle, AU ECE

14:40: Q&A session 2

14:50: Human cognitive capabilities versus AI: Autonomous Drone Racing with Apex Drone and AI algorithms developed by Aarhus University 

15:00: Closing remarks


Who can participate?

This event is free and open to everyone with an academic, professional or personal interest in drones and robotics. 



This event will be in English.



Online via Zoom. You will receive a link to access the event once you have registered for the event via the form below. 




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Questions about the talks and content may be addressed to Erdal Kayacan, Associate Professor, AU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: erdal@ece.au.dk.

General questions about the event, registration, etc., may be addressed to Litte Dalsgaard, ORBIT Lab Community Manager, AU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: litte@ece.au.dk / 93 52 14 47.