Lecture hall at KIT

Students following the lectures at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

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

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

The first ShanghAI Lecture

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

Discussion Session in Wonderland

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

Russian State University for the Humanities

The first lecture being presented to the audience in 2010

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

Videoconference and Recording

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


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GÉANT and the ShanghAI Lectures

GÉANT, the pan-European research and education network, published the case study "GÉANT and the ShanghAI Lectures" (PDF).

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Article about ShanghAI Lectures in SWITCH Journal (March 2012)

An article and interview about the ShanghAI Lectures is available in the March 2012 edition of SWITCH Journal on p. 12–14 in German (PDF) or in French (PDF).

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Call for student participation in panel discussion at the Swiss "eduhub days 2012"

We are inviting students in Switzerland to actively participate in the panel discussion "The Smart Learner's Voice" at the Swiss "eduhub days 2012" -- see here for more information.

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Envolve update -- chat may have disappeared

If you're not seeing the Envolve chat, please clear your browser cache and login again.

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Final exam at UZH and ETH (12 January)

If you are studying at UZH or ETH, please note the AI Lab's course information page. It contains important information about the final exam.

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Exercise 5 is now available

Finally, exercise 5 went online on Monday night. It will yield 80 points and is relatively easy – have fun!

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Exercise 5 might be available on Monday morning

Exercise 5 should become available on Monday. It's going to be a "small" exercise, a few days should be sufficient to solve it. It will also serve as a preparation for the final exam (which will take place at some of the participating sites). In case you have received a notification that exercise 5 would be available now and due on Monday, please disregard it! We're sorry for the troubles…

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Bug in the Voting mechanism – please vote again

There was a bug in the voting mechanism that caused votes to be lost if someone changed their mind. The bug has been fixed now – if you have already voted against a group member (or selected to leave a group), could you please vote once again? Thank you! We are sorry for the invonvenience!

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F-O-R competition

In today's lecture, Rolf Pfeifer didn't mention the Frame-of-Reference problem! Tobias Klauser and Jaan Spitz were the first ones to notice… congratulations to the winners of a bottle of champagne!

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Exercise 4 will be distributed on Friday

Exercise 4 will be made available on Friday morning (18 November 2011). Deadline is Monday 28 November, 23:00 CET.

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Important information for Madrid students

Please note that at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the ShanghAI Lecture on 17 November takes place in room 1.1J12. On 1 December the lecture will be held in Getafe, room 17.2.75.

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Survey points have been assigned

Thanks to all who completed the survey! The points have now been assigned, see the list attached to this news entry (click on "Read more").

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Deadline for online survey extended

The deadline for completion of the online survey has been extended until November 14th. Five extra points will be assigned to the teams in which all members completed the survey. Please note that participation in the research project is a mandatory part of the ShanghAI Lectures. For more information please refer to the Research page.

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Group work in the exercises

Maybe a clarification on "group work" is needed -- it seems that in exercise 2, there were several groups submitting identical solutions, because students from one university (but from different groups) solved the exercise together. That is not exactly the idea of the group exercises… while we encourage collaboration among students, we would like to foster the collaboration among students from different universities, i.e., the members of one "Study Group" should solve the exercise together as a team, without "outsiders".

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Volunteers needed for student presentations

We are looking for students who want to give short (5 to 8 minutes) presentations on these topics in one of the next lectures: Brain in a vat; Flocking; Ant simulation with NetLogo. Please write to info@shanghailectures.org if you are interested -- 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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