CoTeSys and AICML sign Cooperation Agreement

10/05/2009 : 16:27

Full speed ahead: Prof. Osmar Zaïane (AICML) and Prof. Klaus Diepold (CoTeSys) practice co-operation with hi-tech gears.

The cluster of Excellence CoTeSys - Cognition for Technical Systems – signed a cooperation agreement with the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The agreement facilitates the intensified scientific cooperation between the two world-renowned research centres.

AICML is an internationally leading research center for innovative machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies and their applications. The centre enhances and augments the research excellence in machine learning and related areas that exists in the Computing Science Department of the University of Alberta. Since 2008, the AICML is focussing on scientific questions around healthcare, exercising its capabilities in advanced data analysis to change the way health information is used. 
CoTeSys is envisioning various application scenarios for cognitive systems such as an assistive kitchen, which is designed to offer services and capabilities based on cognition to assisst e.g. elderly or handicapped people to increase their level of autonomy on daily routines. The cooperation partners CoTeSys and AICML anticipate to jointly develop novel methods of machine learning to be integrated into cognitive systems to enhance the capabilities of such systems (assistive kitchen) and to improve their performance. Such technical solutions contribute to the advancement of technology facing issues that are related to the challenges brought forward by the “Aging Society” and aspects of healthcare.

„This collaboration opens new doors to exciting research opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise happen. When this research could yield practical outcome for the elderly and handicapped people in our society, as CoTeSys is mandated to do, it is even more exciting “says Prof. Osmar Zaïane scientific director of AICML. His Munich colleague Prof. Klaus Diepold, member of the executive group of CoTeSys adds: „We are enthusiastic about the prospect to cooperate with one of the top centres on machine learning. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and students between Alberta and Bavaria“, says Prof. Klaus Diepold, member of the executive group of CoTeSys.

Cognition technology poses all kinds of questions in brain research, psychology and biophysics, computer science, mechanical engineering, control engineering and mechatronics – questions that are being answered in close , interdisciplinary collaboration. Since 2006, CoTeSys has pooled the expertise of around 100 scientists of the Technische Universität München, the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Universität der Bundeswehr – the German Federal Armed Forces University of Munich and the German Aerospace Center DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen. CoTeSys is financed with federal and state funds through the German Excellence Initiative.

Contact for more information:

Leslie Acker
2-47 Computing Science Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Technische Universität München
Lehrstuhl für Datenverarbeitung
Prof. Klaus Diepold