Welcome to the Institute for Artificial Intelligence!

The Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI) directed by Prof. Michael Beetz is part of the Faculty of Computer Science and member of the Center for Computing and Communication Technologies (TZI) at the University of Bremen.

IAI demonstrated Unreal-based Rescue Simulation

Our FP7 project, SHERPA, came to an end with a final review between 1st and 3rd March in Davos, Switzerland. As IAI team, we had the chance to demonstrate our HMI-enabled high-level planing and reasoning in a wide-area rescue scenario. We also developed an Unreal game engine-based simulation with ROS interface and RoboSherlock perception for this rescue mission.

Our demonstration has received very positive feedback from the reviewers and partners. We thank all of the contributors for this successful project. It was a great experience!

2017/03/07 10:55

Google Summer of Code 2017

We are thrilled to announce that The Institute for Artificial Intelligence has been selected as mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code 2017 as one out of 201 organizations world-wide. The initiative, started in 2005, sponsors students during the summer months for contributing code to selected open source projects. This is our third year in the Google-sponsored program and we're looking forward to mentoring interested students and introducing them to our software tools and research endeavors.

You can find more information about the proposed projects as well as contact information of the designated mentors at our Google Summer of Code page.

2017/03/06 16:14

Highschool pupils from Arequipa meet the robots in our lab

Twelve pupils from Arequipa, Peru interested in studying Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at University of Bremen visited the robots from our lab. Next year is their final year of studies before continuing to university and knowing the international reputation of University of Bremen in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence they chose to visit the research laboratories of our university. It was our pleasure to have them as guests and hence confirm the international reputation of our university. In our lab they interact with our Pepper robot and explored his social capabilities. Furthermore they saw the PR2 robot making popcorn and Boxy robot baking pizza for them. We look forward to having them back as students.

2017/02/13 16:30

PRAC is now available on mobile devices too

Probabilistic Action Cores (PRAC) system has a new web interface: PRACWeb which allows users to test out on smart devices the capabilities of the system. PRAC system is the implementation of a novel approach for probabilistic high-performance natural-language interpreter. The interpreter has a knowledge-driven approach. It is inspired by concepts of cognitive psychology and models actions as abstract event types. PRACWeb allows the user to generate robot-executable plans from natural-language instructions. PRAC relies on pracmln, which is a toolbox for statistical relational learning and reasoning. It includes tools for standard graphical models (in particular, MLNs). The web interface of pracmln is WebMLN. It allows the users to try out the capabilities of pracmln system.

2017/01/16 15:01

Die Bremer Universitäts-Gespräche 2016 lead by Prof. Michael Beetz, PhD and Prof. Dr. Andreas Birk

Since 1988 the annual Bremer Universitäts-Gespräche is organized by the Wolfgang-Ritter-Stiftung, the University of Bremen and the Unifreunde.

“Cognition-enabled Robotics: Democratising a Disruptive Technology” was the theme discussed this year. The event gathered together renowned researchers in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

The reception of the event took place in the laboratory of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence from University of Bremen with live demonstrations on robots and virtual reality and poster session for the other software systems developed here.

The event continued with the talks of the invited researchers. Prof. Dr. Yiannis Aloimonos from The University of Maryland presented an overview of grammar of actions. Digital innovation platforms for robotics were discussed by Prof. David Lane from Heriot Watt University. Prof. Gordon Cheng from Technical University of Munich discussed the robots in the age of innovation. Memory systems for robotic agents was the subject addressed by Prof. Tony Belpaeme from Plymouth University. Prof. Gregory O’Hare, PhD from University College Dublin discussed the autonomous robots and intelligent environments. The robots co-workers were the subject of the talk of Prof. Dr. Alin Albu-Schaeffer from Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of DLR. Prof. Dr. Markus Vincze from the Technical University of Vienna discussed the available open source libraries for robot perception. The challenges imposed by robot-centred knowledge representation were addressed by Prof. Dr. Herman Bruyninckx from the University of Leuven. Dr.-Ing. Georg von Wichert from Siemens AG and Dr.-Ing. Amos Albert from Bosch Deepfield Robotics were discussing the democratising a disruptive technology.

The discussions were moderated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter, the rector of the University of Bremen, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tanja Schultz and Prof. Dr. Rainer Malaka professors at University of Bremen and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt, the rector of the Jacobs University Bremen and Prof. Dr. Andreas Birk professor at the Jacobs University Bremen and Dr. Uwe Haass from RoboConsult.

The opening and welcoming of the event were given by Prof. Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt from Minister for Health, Science and Consumer Protection of Bremen respectively Prof. Dr. Helge Bernd von Ahsen from Wolfgang-Ritter-Stiftung.

The entire event was coordinated by Prof. Michael Beetz, PhD from the University of Bremen and Prof. Dr. Andreas Birk from the Jacobs University Bremen.

2017/01/10 22:44