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).

AIFORS - Dissemination, Exploitation...

A series of Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication (DEC) training sessions were included in the AIFORS work program to build the capacity of researchers, and two training sessions were organized in March 2024 at UNIZG FER.

The first DEC training, which took place on March 20, 2024, focused on networking skills, communication, dissemination of research results and intellectual property rights (IPR):

  • Fabio Bonsignorio: Overcoming your Asperger syndrome: why networking is important for your research
  • Mirta Anjoš: Unlock Your Network
  • Ivan Petrović: IP management in Horizon projects and at UNIZG-FER
  • Gordon Cheng: The importance of answering the "why" question when communicating research results
  • Nicola Nosengo: How the Nature news team works

The second DEC training, which took place on March 28, 2024, focused on oral presentation of research papers and writing scientific publications:

  • Ivan Marković: Oral presentation of research work
  • Callogero Maria Oddo: Tactile Sensors for Collaborative Robotics: case studies and scientific publications

The target audience of these training sessions were the members of the ERA Chair team as well as the doctoral students and postdocs of LAMOR and UNIZG-FER. 

Summary of presentations:

March 20, 2024

Fabio Bonsignorio. Overcoming your Asperger syndrome: why networking is important for your research. Summary: We live in a 'network society'. Humans are social animals. We win together. Networking has always been important in research, but today it is even more so. Basic information and useful tips for early career researchers in the fields of AI and robotics. We will show how they can be transferred to neighboring fields. MIT: Multi-Inter-Transdisciplinary. A Mediterranean Breviary.

Mirta Anjoš. Unlock Your Network. Summary: The presentation explores the power of networking, building and nurturing relationships for career advancement, finding mentors and accessing new opportunities. Diverse networking methods, both online (for example social media platforms) and offline (for example conferences and events) will be discussed, such as how to prepare yourself for networking. We will also talk about crucial follow-up strategies to build lasting relationships. Finally, the presentation will incorporate a dynamic part, an interactive practice to help you put theory into practice and create valuable connections that drive your personal and professional goals.

Ivan Petrović. IP management in Horizon projects and at UNIZG-FER. Summary: The presentation introduces the importance and principles of intellectual property (IP) rights and copyright as they relate to research, its commercialization and dissemination. The first part of the presentation focuses on the management of IP in Horizon projects as an important horizontal activity to achieve the impact of the project on industry and society. The second part focuses on the rules and procedures for IP management at UNIZG-FER.

Gordon Cheng. The importance of answering the "why" question when communicating research results. Summary: In an interactive discussion with the participants, I will demonstrate the importance of communicating the purpose of the research conducted clearly and in a way that is understandable to a wide audience, i.e. a researcher should be able to explain in one sentence why he/she is conducting a particular research, what the purpose is and who can benefit from the results of his/her research.

Nicola Nosengo. How the Nature news team works. Summary: The presentation introduces the structure of the Nature news team and provides a guideline for publishing scientific news in Nature, emphasizing the importance of publishing such news to build international visibility and reputation.

March 28, 2024

Ivan Marković. Oral presentation of research work. Summary: We will look at guidelines for giving effective scientific presentations. We will discuss how to structure and organize the materials, i.e. the suggested outline and the depth and breadth of content. We will focus on conference presentations, which can last between 5 and 15 minutes (e.g. spotlight or oral presentation). In addition, we will also look at online presentations. And finally, in addition to the materials themselves, we will also talk about body language, posture and the cadence of speaking. All of this will add up to a whole that can guide participants in designing effective talks to present their research.

Callogero Maria Oddo. Tactile Sensors for Collaborative Robotics: case studies and scientific publications. The talk discussed selected case studies of technologies developed for endowing robots and wearables with artificial tactile sensors distributed over large areas and to deliver tactile feedback: from bionic limb prostheses up to the metaverse. In the presented scientific approach, robotic systems are developed by capitalizing on a fertile interaction between robotics and neuroscience, so that the advancements of neuroscientific research can lead to the development of more effective technologies, which in turn contribute to the fundamental understanding of physiological processes. 

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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