Technology is transforming society and the way we work and interact. We are surrounded by technology and computer interfaces that have recently become more intelligent and are able to adapt to our needs and preferences. Thanks to progress in machine learning and artificial intelligence, we see a major transition from ourselves adapting to fixed technology and services to these by themselves adapting to us human users. Thus, technology works more seamlessly in a continuously increasing number of domains. This includes robots that have traditionally only been used for manufacturing but are now arriving at work and at home as service robots. The success of these would be highly dependent on their behavior capabilities that depend on their skills in learning and adaptation. We see a rapid progress in both learning algorithms and robotic systems, and it is challenging for a single research group to both provide an updated set of courses in addition to undertaking state-of-the-research. This project would be concerned with international collaboration with leading partners in the US, Brazil and Japan within the domains of such self-learning systems and robotics. It is highly relevant to our two current Research Council of Norway funded researcher projects EPEC and MECS. Thus, it would provide extended momentum to these projects by collaboration in research, teaching, and strengthening the interaction between the two domains. This will be through a set of different activities like short-term and long-term reciprocal mobility stays by students and staff for collaboration in research, curriculum and teaching material development and organizing intensive courses/workshops. The qualifying projects are undertaken by the Robotics and Intelligent Systems (ROBIN) research group at the University of Oslo which is an active research group with regularly about 30 master students, 10 PhD students and three postdocs in addition to the three faculty staff.
Project leader: Jim Tørresen
Institution: Institutt for informatikk