Official Opening of Institute for Cognitve Systems

06/17/2010 : 09:57

Cutting the ribbon: Professor Cheng opens his new institute. © ICS/ Kurt Bauer

On June 1st, 2010, the CoTeSys-financed Chair (Lehrstuhl) for Cognitve Systems with Prof. Gordon Cheng its head, opened its doors at the 2nd floor of Karlstrasse 45 officially.

On June 1st, 2010, the CoTeSys-financed Chair (Lehrstuhl) for Cognitve Systems with Prof. Gordon Cheng its head, opened its doors at the 2nd floor of Karlstraße 45 officially.

The ceremony started with an International Symposium with distinguished researchers from all over the world and all relevant disciplines: Prof. Miguel Nicolelis (Co-Director of the Center for NeuroEngineering at Duke University, USA), Prof. Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson (Director of Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia in Canada); Prof. Yasuo Kuniyoshi (Head of the Department of Mechano-Informatics at the University of Tokyo, Japan); Prof. Rüdiger Dillmann (Head of the Institute of Anthropomatics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology),  Prof. Giulio Sandini  (Director of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Italian Institute of Technology), and Prof. Benedikt Grothe (Head of the Division of Neurobiology at LMU Munich).

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Gordon Cheng presented his landmark contributions in both Humanoid Robotics and NeuroEngineering, highlighting 10 years of development of three world-class full-body humanoid robots, demonstrating their wide-range of capabilities: From Active Perception, Learning to Bipedal Locomotion. Together with Prof. Miguel Nicolelis he presented a world-first brain machine interface that enabled a brain to control a bipedal humanoid robot to walk - with the motivation, once to realise their dream to eventually enable completely paralysed patients to walk again.

Afterwards, everybody was invited to the new premises at the 2nd floor of Karlstraße 45. Researchers from Prof. Cheng's team as well as from other CoTeSys Research Groups who recently moved to the newly acquired extension of CCRL on the 3rd floor of Karlstraße, demonstrated their work on cognitive technical systems to the numerous guests from science, industry, and politics.

Professor Ritter, University of Bielefeld, stressed in his remarks the importance of Professor Cheng's work : "It is my great pleasure to be here and to have the occasion to congratulate, well, first of all, you, Technical University of Munich and CoTeSyS, that you have managed to draw a brilliant and outstanding researcher into your ranks, a scientists whom we all know, admire and like, an inspiring mind who has shaped a great part of the territory of humanoid robotics and beyond."

The Institute for Cognitive Systems at Technische Universität München deals with the fundamental understanding and creation of cognitive systems. It is closely linked with the Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys.