Russian State University for the Humanities

The first lecture being presented to the audience in 2010

The first ShanghAI Lecture

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

Getting ready at KIT

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

ShanghAI Lectures in Osaka

Students attending the ShanghAI Lectures 2011 at Osaka University, Japan

First lecture from UC3M (Madrid)

Fabio Bonsignorio opening the ShanghAI Lectures 2013 edition

Lecture hall at KIT

Students following the lectures at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Rolf Pfeifer in Shanghai

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

Videoconference and Recording

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

Lecture hall in Zürich

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

Lecture hall at RSUH (Moscow, Russia)

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

Discussion Session in Wonderland

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


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Student registration deadline extended

Thanks to all the students that have registered so far! We have extended the deadline for registration until October 24, so there is still time to join the ShanghAI Lectures 2013!

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2013 lecture schedule published

Checkout the full lecture schedule for 2013 in the Lectures page. Looks like a great semester ahead!

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More guest lectures! (read more)

Every week there will be 1-2 guest lectures by some of the top experts on Cognition/AI and Robotics. There are now 15 confirmed speakers, see current list below:

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Student registration

To simplify the organization and make the lecture series more attractive to students, there will be no mandatory exercises, but optional group projects that yield a "certificate of achievement" at the end of the course. While anyone can register as a member of the ShanghAI community, students who want (or need) to participate in the group projects should register with the option "I'm a student and want to participate in the exercises", from 26 September up until the first regular class on 17 October.

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Slots available

We hope that you and your students would join this on-going experiment this fall term (we still have a few available slots). If you are interested to know more, please write to We're looking forward to having you aboard the new ShanghAI Lectures!

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Lecture hosting

The lectures will be hosted by University Carlos III of Madrid, University of Zurich, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Humboldt University Berlin. As always, there will be 1-2 invited guest lectures each week. The list of outstanding contributors will be published soon. We will keep a strong focus on morphological computation, embodied cognition and soft robotics.

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Format and schedule

The lectures and guest presentations will again be held via videoconference, and the recordings will be made available on the ShanghAI Lectures site. The lectures will take place as usual on Thursdays from 9:30–11:30 CET. The general rehearsal will be on 10 October 2013, followed by the first lecture on Thursday 17 October 2013. The last lecture will be on 19 December 2013.

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ShanghAI Lectures 2013 are starting! (read more)

We, Fabio Bonsignorio (University Carlos III of Madrid and HeronRobots), with a substantial cooperation from Rolf Pfeifer and Nathan Labhart (University of Zurich), will continue with the project!

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ShanghAI Lectures 2013

Check back soon! We are currently preparing the ShanghAI Lectures 2013 edition.

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Grades for students in Zürich

To the students in Zürich who took the final exam (UZH and ETH): We have sent the grades to the respective secretaries, you should receive them in a few days.

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We apologize for the SPAM

It seems someone registered a fake profile and sent SPAM messages to random people as "love baby". Please ignore that message. We apologize for the inconvenience (but we're honored that someone thinks the ShanghAI Lectures community is important enough to receive SPAM…) :-)

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Final exam: Contents

For those students who take the final exam (in Zürich and Budapest), we have updated the list of relevant materials here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

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Lecture 10: recordings available

The recordings of Lecture 10, as well as the guest presentations by Tamás Haidegger, Jamie Paik, and Aude Billard, are now available from the Lectures page and in the guest lecture repository

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Robots on Tour: Helpers wanted

Please check here for more information.

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EmbedIT competition: Community voting

[Update: voting is closed – you can still download the videos here] We are excited about the EmbedIT competition results – thanks to all students contributing to this competition, you did amazing work! The fastest robot has already been determined, but now we ask you, the community, to vote for the most creative one. Please value originality and creativity of the body shape and the locomotion concept.


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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