Lecture hall at RSUH (Moscow, Russia)

Students attending lectures in 2010 at the Russian State University for the Humanities

Videoconference and Recording

Equipment in the lecture hall at the University of Zürich, Switzerland

Getting ready at KIT

Lecture hall at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology -- waiting for the students

The first ShanghAI Lecture

Thierry Bücheler, project manager of the ShanghAI Lectures in 2009, opens the very first lecture

Lecture hall at KIT

Students following the lectures at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Russian State University for the Humanities

The first lecture being presented to the audience in 2010

Rolf Pfeifer in Shanghai

Warming up for the ShanghAI Lectures 2009 at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

First lecture from UC3M (Madrid)

Fabio Bonsignorio opening the ShanghAI Lectures 2013 edition

Lecture hall in Zürich

Students attending the ShanghAI Lectures at the University of Zürich, Switzerland

Discussion Session in Wonderland

Students gather as avatars in the 3-dimensional virtual environment (2010)

ShanghAI Lectures in Osaka

Students attending the ShanghAI Lectures 2011 at Osaka University, Japan


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Rolf Pfeifer's Farewell Lecture

Rolf Pfeifer, the founding father of the ShanghAI Lectures and director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, will retire later this year. His farewell lecture takes place today (Friday 23 May) from 16:00–17:30 UTC at the University of Zurich and will be streamed live on the internet here. He will remain a guest speaker in future ShanghAI Lectures!

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Friday presentation link

Here is the link for the Adobe Connect session for today's presentations: https://adobeconnect.uc3m.es/r60674335/

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Thanks to the 3 student groups presenting today, a very interesting and interactive session! Please also checkout Friday's schedule on the Kōans page. The talks will be available through Adobe Connect.

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Rolf on TEDx

Checkout Rolf Pfeifer's recent talk on TEDxZurich, a very nice 20 minute summary of some of the concepts presented in class, also starring Roboy!

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Additional Webots example

Checkout the bottom of the Kōans page for a simple example of a mobile robot with proximity sensors and cameras.

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Lecture 5 recordings available

The video recordings and the presentation slides from Lecture 5 (14 November) are now available from the Lectures page.

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Important: Webots licenses

All students registered as participating in the lectures will be provided with a license for Cyberbotics Webots for the semester. Please download and register for a 30 day trial of Webots Pro using the email registered with your ShanghAI Lectures website account (let us know if you used another email address). In a few weeks time your license will be extended until the end of the semester.

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Student groups published

The student groups have been published on the Kōans page. Please contact Martin F. Stoelen if you are not listed or have found other errors.

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Kōan selection deadline coming up!

Please remember that the deadline for selecting your preferred Kōans is tomorrow 5 November! Log in to your account on the website and send a message to Avinash Ranganath with the Koan numbers in the subject (1st and 2nd choice).

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Webots examples

We have made available 3 useful Webots examples on the bottom of the Kōans page.

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Kōans published!

The Kōans for the group projects have now been published. They will also be presented in class tomorrow 31 October.

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Questions to lecturers

Feel free to ask questions to our lecturers during class, either in the video conference or on the interest group ShanghAI Lectures 2013 (or on the website chat!).

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Live video stream

Please note that the link to the live video stream has changed from the first week. Use this link for tomorrow's lecture (Thursday 24 October) and onwards, as indicated on the Lectures page.

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Kōans for group projects

The list of proposed topics (Kōans) for the group projects will be published on 30 October. If you were wondering: “A Kōan (公案) … is a story, dialogue, question, or statement, which is used in Zen-practice to provoke the "great doubt", and test a student's progress in Zen practice” (Wikipedia).

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Problems with registration

This morning (October 19) we had an issue that prevented confirmation emails from being sent when creating new accounts. This is now fixed, and you should be able to register as normal.


Goals of the ShanghAI Lectures

The ShanghAI Lectures project aims at
  • building a sustainable community of students and researchers in the area of Embodied Intelligence
  • making education and knowledge on cutting-edge scientific topics accessible to everyone
  • exploring novel methods of knowledge transfer
  • overcoming the complexity of a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary learning context
  • bringing global teaching to a new level
These lectures about Natural and Artificial Intelligence are held via videoconference at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Italy, Humboldt University Berlin in Germany, Plymouth University in the UK, Osaka University in Japan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, and about 10 other universities and research organizations around the globe. Students from the participating universities work together on the exercises, using a powerful robotics simulator software, Cyberbotics Webots. Live streaming of the lectures is provided by University Carlos III of Madrid.

Live Stream

You can watch the lectures live on our stream from UC3M. Every Thursday 09:00-11:00 CET until December 17th 2015.

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