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Summer Travel Guide to Robot Hot Spots: August
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By RBR Staff


Destination: Phuket, Thailand

August 11, 2012

International Conference on Automation, Mechatronics and Robotics (ICAMR’2012)

2012 International Conference on Automation, Mechatronics and Robotics (ICAMR’2012) held in Phuket, Thailand, is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental and applied Automation, Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering and its Applications. The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world.

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Destination: Ottawa, Canada

August 15, 2012

ICMEM 2012: International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
The International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (International ASET Inc.) is pleased to organize the 2012 International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics (ICMEM’12).

ICMEM is a comprehensive conference covering all the various topics of Mechanical Engineering (Fluid and Solid Mechanics), Robotics, Aerospace, and Mechatronics.

The aim of the ICMEM 2012 is to gather scholars from all over the world to present advances in the aforementioned fields and to foster an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and information. This conference will also provide a golden opportunity to develop new collaborations and meet experts on the fundamentals, applications, and products of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics.

We believe inclusive and wide-ranging conferences such as ICMEM can have significant impacts by bringing together experts from the different and often separated fields of Mechanical Engineering (Fluid and Solid Mechanics) and Mechatronics, creating unique opportunities for collaborations and shaping new ideas for experts and researchers.

Download: ICMEM 2012 Conference Schedule

Destination: Bhubaneswar, India

August 19, 2012

International Conference on Computational Vision and Robotics

Computer Vision and Robotic, held in Bhubaneswar, India, is one of the most challenging areas of 21st century technology. Applications range from humanoid to “man-less”plant, deep-sea applications to space applications, agriculture to medicine, household goods to manufacturing.

Today’s technologies demand intelligent machines which are enabling applications in various domains and services.  Robotics is one such area which encompasses a number of technologies and has its wide-spread applications.  Computational or machine vision is the most challenging tool to make a robot intelligent. To perceive a real-world scenario, which is 3D in nature, from a normal camera that takes images in 2D is the most challenging job for researchers working in this area.

The International Conference on Computational Vision and Robotics (ICCVR) aims to provide a forum for presentation of new research results and demonstration of new systems and techniques in the area of Computer Vision and Robotics.  The conference aims to bring together developers, users, academicians and researchers in this area and also from the business community to share and explore new areas of research and development, and to discuss emerging issues facing business organizations in the knowledge economy.

Download: ICCVR Program Brochure

Destination: Odense, Denmark

August 25-26, 2012

Soft Robotics: Second EUCogIII Members Conference
European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics

The focus of this members meeting will be on research in “soft robotics”. The term is used collectively for a new generation of robots that capitalize on “soft” designs at various levels - such as movement mechanisms (muscles, tendons), materials, surfaces (skin) - with the aim to achieve some of the flexibility and robustness of biological organisms as well as to improve social/emotional interaction with humans.

The topic will be introduced with a general overview of soft robotics research by Prof Rolf Pfeifer, followed by 4-5 talks on specific topics by other speakers.

EUCog is a European network for researchers in artificial cognitive systems and related areas who want to connect to other researchers and reflect on the challenges and aims of the discipline. The network funds meetings, workshops, members’ participation in academic events, faculty exchanges and other activities that further its aims. It is funded by the Information and Communication Technologies division of the European Commission, Cognitive Systems and Robotics unit, under the 7th Research Framework Program. -

You are invited to become a member of the network if you are doing research in a relevant area.

We will proceed as follows:

  • First, we will look at traditional Artificial Intelligence (AI), which followed a largely disembodied approach. We will identify its successes and also its problems to set ground for the rest of the tutorial which focuses on embodied AI or embodied cognitive science.
  • Second, with the help of numerous robot and animal case studies, we will illustrate how embodiment can be exploited for locomotion and for grasping.
  • Third, we will move from the direct physical implications of embodiment to the impact it has on informational processes in an organism. The information that reaches the brain is very much shaped by the agent’s morphology and by its sensory-motor interaction with the environment.
  • Fourth and last, we will illustrate that embodiment plays a constitutive role in cognition and we will also argue for a developmental perspective on cognition.

As we proceed, we will embed the diverse case studies into a theoretical scheme and we will also employ this scheme in exercises.

Further Reading

How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: A New View of Intelligence
Rolf Pfeifer and Josh C. Bongard Foreword by Rodney Brooks

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