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Introduction to Robotics
Date: 2014/11/11             Browse: 488

Speaker: Dr. S?ren Schwertfeger

Time: Nov.11 3:15-4:45 pm

Location: Room 220, Building 8


Robots are conquering the world! They are becoming more and more common, not only in Industry, but also in our everyday life. They are beginning to appear in the form of cleaning robots, service (delivery) robots in hospitals and industry, as toys for children and grown-ups and in the military. In the foreseeable future we will have (semi-) autonomous cars and autonomous delivery drones (quad copters) and we will be working “hand-in-hand” with them in the factories.

This seminar talk gives an introduction to robotics, describing the main challenges and some approaches to overcome those problems – from a Computer Scientists point of view!


Dr. S?ren Schwertfeger is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Science and Technology (SIST) at ShanghaiTech University. He received his Diploma (German equivalent of the Master) in Computer Science in 2005 from the University of Bremen in Germany. In 2012 he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Between 2012 and 2014 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Robotics Group of Prof. Andreas Birk at the Jacobs University Bremen. In 2010 Dr. Schwertfeger was a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, where he did research on robot performance evaluation and map quality assessment.

His research interest is in robotics, especially in intelligent functions for mobile robots. Besides his work on map evaluation, Dr. Schwertfeger also worked and published on mapping, object detection and robot autonomy. He successfully participated in many robot competitions, both as team member and as judge and organizer. Dr. Schwertfeger was the chair of the 2014 German Open RoboCup Rescue competition. In 2012 he won the best paper award at the International Workshop on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR). He is the reviewer for many top journals and conferences in the area of robotics.

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