Technical Helpers of the Future

Researchers from around the world are meeting at the CITEC Symposium “Perspectives of cognitive interaction” from 28 to 29 November 2013 in Bielefeld. They want to work on the scientific and technological basics needed for the intuitive use of artificial assistants in the future. The conference is taking place at the new research building of the cluster of excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) on the North Campus of Bielefeld University.

Leading researchers from the disciplines of robotics and artificial intelligence are speaking at the Symposium about principles that can enable a cognitive interaction between humans and machines. In presentations and talks, they will demonstrate how these insights can be used for the development of technical systems. ‘At this conference we want to exchange ideas about the varied developments in the area of cognitive interaction,’ says Professor Dr Helge Ritter, coordinator of the cluster of excellence CITEC.

Among the guests is the Professor of Neuroscience, Dr Roy Ritzmann, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, USA. He will be speaking about the analysis of animal movement and its implication for robotics research. Dr Sethu Vijayakumar, Professor of Robotics at Edinburgh University, will explain in his talk how the movement of robots and other technical systems can be improved using virtual maps. Other speakers include: Professor Dr Oliver Brock who mainly works in the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence, experimental psychologist Professor Charles Spence PhD, who specialises in research about the integration of sensory information, and Professor Pat Healey PhD, who demonstrates through models how human communication has changed through digital media

The conference is open to the public. It will be held in English.

Media representatives are welcome to report on the event. Please contact Dr Ermine Bilek by Email to register at:

Professor Dr Helge Ritter, head of the cluster of excellence, will be holding a press conference about the CITEC Symposium on Thursday 28 November at 11am at the CITEC building (Room 1.314).

Conference times:
Thursday 28 November, 1pm to 5.30pm
Friday 29 November, 9am to 6pm