Lecture hall at RSUH (Moscow, Russia)

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

Rolf Pfeifer in Shanghai

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

Discussion Session in Wonderland

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

Lecture hall in Zürich

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

Russian State University for the Humanities

The first lecture being presented to the audience in 2010

Videoconference and Recording

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

The first ShanghAI Lecture

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

First lecture from UC3M (Madrid)

Fabio Bonsignorio opening the ShanghAI Lectures 2013 edition

ShanghAI Lectures in Osaka

Students attending the ShanghAI Lectures 2011 at Osaka University, Japan

Getting ready at KIT

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

Lecture hall at KIT

Students following the lectures at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


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Lecture 3: recordings available

The recordings of Lecture 3, as well as the guest presentations by Vincent C. Müller and Alex Waibel, are now available from the Lectures page and in the guest lecture repository.

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Glitch in the website: Old students may receive exercises

Apparently a number of students from last year received an exercise notification. We're sorry for the glitch in the system. Of course, only students who are enrolled this year need to participate in the exercises! We're working on fixing the issue -- thanks for your understanding.

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Student registration

Please remember that registering as a student (in order to participate in the exercises) is possible until 9 October (because on 10 October the groups are created and on 11 October exercise 2, the first group exercise, starts). Also, if you want to cancel your registration for any reason, please send an e-mail to info@shanghailectures.org by 9 October. Everyone who is registered as a student after 9 October is supposed to participate in the group exercises!

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Lecture 2: recordings available

The recordings of Lecture 2 and the guest presentations by Christopher Lueg and Davide Scaramuzza are now available from the Lectures page and in the guest lectures repository.

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Registration deadline and Webots licences

Registration for students will be open until 9 October (midnight, Zurich time). After this date, all registered students will receive the Webots licence automatically (using the e-mail address used for registration on the ShanghAI website). Note that until then, you may use the free trial version available from Cyberbotics.

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First lecture over

Update: The recording is now available from the Lectures page
After some technical issues (we had to replace our videoconferencing unit a few minutes before the planned start...) we finally managed to start with Lecture 1. Our apologies for the delay, but we think next week everything will be in place on time :-) There were a number of students who asked whether they could follow the lectures from home. At the moment, we can't offer a public "live stream", so the only way to attend "live" is to come to the lecture hall.

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Zurich students: New room number (again)!

To students who attend the ShanghAI Lectures in Zürich: Please note the change in room number. The lectures will take place in room BIN 0.K.02 (in the ifi building, Binzmühlestrasse 14).

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ShanghAI Lectures start on 27 September

The ShanghAI Lectures 2012 begin on Thursday 27 September, 07:00 UTC. We've got a great lineup of lecturers and are very much looking forward to exciting presentations and fun exercises with simulated and real robots! If you're a student and want (or need) to get credit points (according to your local rules), please register as a student on the ShanghAI Lectures website on or after 27 September in order to be able to participate in the exercises, which are distributed and graded online. See also the news item below.

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Registration for students will open on 27 September

While anyone can register as a member of the ShanghAI community at any time, students (who participate in the exercises) need to register as such. The registration for students will be open from 27 September. If you are going to attend the ShanghAI Lectures 2012 as a student, please do not register before 27 September. If you have already registered, please send an e-mail to Nathan. Please note that you need to register here regardless of any enrollment or registration for this course at your university.

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Important information for students in Zürich (UZH, ETH)

If you are studying at UZH or ETH, please refer to the AI Lab's course information page for all administrative details of the course.

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Community chat courtesy of Envolve

The chat system on the ShanghAI Lectures website is again generously sponsored by Envolve, who have been supporting the new website since 2011. The people behind Envolve recently started a new venture, Firebase, a cloud service that automatically synchronizes data between clients, like the Envolve chat, and lets you build web apps very easily -- please check it out!

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Webots Licenses for ShanghAI Students

Like last year, Cyberbotics Ltd. will provide a free licence of the professional robot simulation software Webots to the ShanghAI Lectures students!

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NAO Robot competition

Exciting news: Aldebaran Robotics, world leader in humanoid robotics, is partnering with the ShanghAI Lectures! There will be a competition involving NAO robots at participating universities, with a nice prize to win at the end of the semester! More details will be announced in the first lecture.

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Schedule for 2012 published

The Lectures page is now updated to reflect the schedule of this year's lectures. We start on Thursday, 27 September 2012 -- see you there!

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Getting ready for the ShanghAI Lectures 2012

Beginning on 1 June, this website will be updated for the ShanghAI Lectures 2012. This means that the 2011 study group pages will be "locked" and students from 2011 will be "converted" into normal users. If you were a student in 2011, you can continue to use the website, post on the discussion boards, etc., but you will not be able to participate in the 2012 exercises and get new points. In case you are a student who takes the class again, please send an e-mail to Nathan Labhart and explain your situation. Thanks!


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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