How can Cognitive Interaction Technology (CIT) stimulate the current developments in artificial intelligence (AI)? How can the concepts of CIT help dealing with the new challenges that AI poses on our lives? The CITEC Conference "Cognitive Interaction Technology meets AI" from 24–25 October 2019 at Bielefeld University, takes a closer look at the new developments and their potential for our future life with technology.
Time Topic
9.00 Welcome address
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Rector of Bielefeld University
9.05 Salutation
Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter, CITEC Coordinator
9.15 "Cognitive Interaction Technology meets AI"
Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter, CITEC Coordinator, and Prof. Dr. Britta Wrede, Deputy CITEC Coordinator
10.15 Break
10.45 CITEC large scale project
The Cognitive Service Robotics Apartment as Ambient Host
11.15 CITEC large scale project
The Intelligent Coaching Space "ICSPACE"
11.45 Strategic Partnership
Osaka University
12.15 Science Management at the Cluster of Excellence CITEC
Anita Adamczyk
12.40 CITEC Careers
How CITEC shaped the professional development
13.00 Lunch Break
14.00 Keynote "Studies on interactive robots"
Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)
15.00 Strategic Partnership
Honda Research Institute Europe
15.30 "A comprehensive approach towards assistive technology"
Talk by Prof. Dr. Ingmar Steinhart (Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel) and Prof. Dr. Stefan Kopp (Bielefeld University) on the strategic partnership of CITEC and the Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel
16.00 Break
16.30 Panel Discussion
The other intelligence: How will technology change our concept of the human being?
18.00 Break
19.00 Conference Dinner
Prof. Dr. Britta Wrede, Deputy CITEC Coordinator
9.05Keynote: "From humanoid robots to anthropomorphic minds"
Prof. Dr. Giulio Sandini (Italian Institute of Technology)
10.00Current and former CITEC postdocs and PhD students present their research
11.30CITEC large scale project
Deep Familiarization and Learning Grounded in Cooperative manual Action and Language - from Analysis to Implementation
12.00"Embodied Intelligence and Interaction in Autonomous Hexapedal Locomotion"
Talk by Prof. Dr. Volker Dürr (Bielefeld University) and Prof. Dr,-Ing. Axel Schneider (Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences) on the CITEC large scale project "Embodied Interaction as a Core of Cognitive Interaction: A holistic approach towards autonomous walking system"
12.30Lunch Break
13.30Interdisciplinary Cooperation at CITEC: Example 1
14.00Interdisciplinary Cooperation at CITEC: Example 2
14.30CITEC Careers
How CITEC shaped the professional development
14.50Interdisciplinary Cooperation at CITEC: Example 3
15.50Integrated research: The CITEC Central Lab Facilities
16.10Closing words
Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter, CITEC-Koordinator
16.15Open Labs
17.00Closing Ceremony

Keynote on Thursday, 24 October, 2.00 p.m.

Photo: Osaka UniversityHiroshi Ishiguro received a D.Eng. in systems engineering from the Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He is currently professor of Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University (2009-) and Distinguished Professor of Osaka University (2017-). He is also visiting Director (2014-) (group leader: 2002-2013) of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and an ATR fellow. He was previously Research Associate (1992-1994) in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University and Associate Professor (1998-2000) in the Department of Social Informatics at Kyoto University. He was also Visiting Scholar (1998-1999) at the University of California, San Diego, USA. He was Associate Professor (2000-2001) and Professor (2001-2002) in the Department of Computer and Communication Sciences at Wakayama University. He then moved to Department of Adaptive Machine Systems in the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University as a Professor (2002-2009).

His research interests include distributed sensor systems, interactive robotics, and android science. Especially, his android studies are well-known very much in the world. He has published more than 300 papers in major journals and conferences, such as Robotics Research and IEEE PAMI. On the other hand, he has developed many humanoids and androids, called Robovie, Repliee, Geminoid, Telenoid, and Elfoid. These robots have been reported many times by major media, such as Discovery channel, NHK, and BBC. He has also received the best humanoid award four times in RoboCup.

He received the Osaka Cultural Award in 2011. In 2015, he received the Prize for Science and Technology (Research Category) by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). He was also awarded the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award in Dubai in 2015.

Keynote on Friday, 25 October, 9.05 a.m.

Photo: IITGiulio Sandini is Director of Research at the Italian Institute of Technology and full professor of bioengineering at the University of Genoa. After his graduation in Electronic Engineering (Bioengineering) at the University of Genova in 1976 he was research fellow and assistant professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa until 1984. During this period, working at the Laboratorio di Neurofisiologia of the CNR, he investigated aspects of visual processing at the level of single neurons as well as aspects of visual perception in human adults and children. He has been Visiting Research Associate at the Department of Neurology of the Harvard Medical School in Boston where he developed diagnostic techniques based on brain electrical activity mapping. After his return to Genova in 1984 as associate professor, in 1990 he founded the LIRA-Lab (Laboratory for Integrated Advanced Robotics, In 1996 he was Visiting Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab of MIT.

Since 1980 Giulio Sandini coordinated several international projects in the area of computer vision, cognitive sciences and robotics. Among them the project RobotCub, funded by the "Cognitive Systems" unit of the European Union from 2004 to 2010, where he coordinated the activities of 11 European partners contributing to the realization of the iCub humanoid platform) as a tool to investigate human sensory, motor and cognitive development (FP6 IST-P004370

In 2004, as “expert in anthropomorphic robotics” Giulio Sandini was commissioned to support the Scientific Director in the preparation of the IIT initial scientific program specifically for the aspects related to the “Robotics” platform with its interdisciplinary contents and the relationship with the other two initial platforms of IIT: Neuroscience and Nanotechnology.

Since July 2006 Giulio Sandini is on absence of leave from University of Genoa as he has been appointed Director of Research at the Italian Institute of Technology where he has established the department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences. RBCS department concentrates on a multidisciplinary approach to human centered technologies encompassing machine learning and artificial cognition, exploring the brain mechanisms at the basis of motor behavior, learning, multimodal interaction, and sensorimotor integration.

Giulio Sandini research activities are in the fields of Biological and Artificial Vision, Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience and Robotics with the objective of understanding the neural mechanisms of human sensory-motor coordination and cognitive development from a biological and an artificial perspective. A distinctive aspect of his research has been the multidisciplinarity of the approach expressed through national and international collaborations with neuroscientists and developmental psychologists.

Giulio Sandini is author of more than 300 publications and 30 international patents. He has been coordinating international collaborative projects since 1984 and has been the chair of international conferences and workshops. He has served in the evaluation committees of national and international research funding agencies and research centers as well as international journals.

Scientific Chairs

Photo: CITECProf. Dr. Helge Ritter, CITEC Coordinator and Head of the Neuroinfornatics group.

Photo: CITECProf. Dr.-Ing. Britta Wrede, CITEC Deputy Coordinator, Head of the Applied Informatics group.

Organising Chairs

Photo: CITECAnita Adamczyk, General Manager of the Cluster of Excellence CITEC.

Photo: CITECJörg Heeren, Science Communication Officer at the Cluster of Excellence CITEC.