HBP Innovation Day: Neuroscience-driven Innovation and the Path Forward in AI and Robotics

Faculty Club TUM Institute for Advanced Study, Garching bei München, Germany

Dec. 15, 2017 at 09:30 – Dec. 15, 2017 at 16:45

This one-day event aims to sensitize engineers and researchers working in the industry to the potential for innovation coming from neuroscience in general and from the Human Brain Project (HBP) in particular. It is intended to stimulate a technically-inclined audience and make them aware of the many unique and untapped possibilities to apply neuroscientific knowledge to their own field.

As such, dialogue and idea generation will be encouraged through active participation in break-out sessions. The day will include high-level talks from renowned scientists as well as experts from the HBP, covering topics ranging from Neurorobotics to Neuromorphic Computing. Participants will be challenged to see beyond the current implementations of Deep Learning and find out how Neurosciences can help develop new strategies in Artificial Intelligence and robotics. This event will be the perfect opportunity to foster discussion and networking between scientists, entrepreneurs and experts from the business sector.

The event is organized by the Technische Universität München for HBP in cooperation with BICCnet and the UnternehmerTUM AppliedAI Initiative. It will take place on the 15th of December 2017 at the Faculty Club of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study in Garching bei München, Germany. Talks will be given in either English or German. Registration to the event is free. Catering will be provided.


For registering to the event, please send an Email with the title “HBP innovation Day” and stating your full name and affiliation to: events@bicc-net.de



09h30 – 09h40: Welcome and Opening Remarks

09h40 – 10h35: Keynote presentation: Künstliche Intelligenz: Was fehlt ihr zum Durchbruch?

              (Prof. Dr. Christoph von der Malsburg, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies)

10h35 – 11h10: Gehirn, Körper und Geist: Von hochaufgelösten Hirnscans, Gehirn-Computer Schnittstellen und Neuro-Robotik

              (Prof. Dr. Rainer Goebel, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University)

11h10 – 11h25: Coffee break

11h25 – 12h00: On variational inference and robotics: neural networks for probabilistic inference

              (Prof. Dr. Patrick van der Smagt, AI Research, Volkswagen Group Data Lab)

12h00 – 12h35: Principles of Neurorobotics (Dr. Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

12h35 – 13h15: Break-out session: Innovation from Neurosciences to Industry: pathways and perspectives

13h15 – 14h15: Lunch break

14h15 – 14h50: Neuromorphic Computing: Das Gehirn als Vorbild

              (Dr. Sebastian Schmitt, Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics, University of Heidelberg)

14h50 – 15h25: Brains on Board: insect-inspired robot control

              (Dr. James Knight, Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems Group, University of Sussex)

15h25 – 15h40: Coffee break

15h40 – 16h30: Break-out session: 1-to-1 discussions with the speakers

16h30 – 16h45: Concluding remarks