ERA Chair in Artificial Intelligence for Robotics



AIFORS is a Horizon 2020 ERA Chair project which aims to create an ERA Chair in Artificial Intelligence for Robotics at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER). It will enable UNIZG-FER to attract an outstanding researcher and five team members to independently implement an ambitious research strategy in AI for robotics. This will open UNIZG-FER to a new research direction with a high potential for research outputs and technology innovation. The ERA Chair holder will establish and lead a Research Group for Artificial Intelligence for Robotics assigned to the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics (LAMOR).

The 1st AIFORS Colloquium on Natural...

Prof. Fabio Bonsignorio, in collaboration with prof. Ivan Petrovic established the AIFORS Colloquia on Natural and Artificial Intelligence as a series of small, invitation-only, face-to-face group meetings focusing on a small number of important research questions in the field of AI and robotics, with the aim to open up new avenues of research, propose solutions and strategies for theoretical, technological and societal problems, and build fruitful new collaborations.

The 1st AIFORS colloquium, held on March 19, 2024 at UNIZG FER, focused on the research challenges and the potential enormous synergies arising from the fusion of (physics-aware) deep neural networks, soft robot and agent embodiments, and neuromorphic computing. The program included the talks of prof. Bonsignorio and invited speakers from Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany who shared their research results, visions and strategies

  • Fabio Bonsignorio: Towards a new paradigm AI for new paradigm (soft) robotics
  • Enrica Zereik: Distributed Emergent Control System for heterogeneous robotics applications
  • Yulia Sandamirskaya: Brain-inspired computing: next step in embodied AI?
  • Gordon Cheng:  Purposive-AI: The Next Frontier

High-level, internationally recognized researchers from different backgrounds in terms of gender, nationality and career level were invited to share their research results, visions and strategies with researchers from AIFORS, LAMOR and UNIZG-FER, as well as with researchers from other Croatian institutions. The informal style of the meetings allowed for in-depth, unconventional discussions and encouraged informal exchange between participants.

The program was organized in two sessions – a scientific session and a research strategy session – to foster potential research collaborations and to train UNIZG-FER research managers in research strategy development, planning and performance monitoring. More detailed information about the colloquium can be found on the Coloquium website.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No. 952275