Distinguished Lecture: Are Robots Intelligent Yet?

Professor Althoefer explored the concept of robot intelligence and trace advancement in robotics over the last two decades. He provided his view on recent innovations that have helped to shape robots and turn them into what they are today. He presented modern methods aimed at instilling intelligence into a robot’s “brain”, covering aspects such as sensing and perception, reactive behaviours, autonomy, embodied cognition, biologically inspired methods and robot-environment interaction. Examples were presented of the most recent developments in the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) in the fields of medical robotics, sensing and manufacturing.