We will have the following instructors for the summer school:
• Pierre Bessiere
CNRS, GRAVIR Lab, INRIA Montbonnot, France
• Wolfram Burgard,
Dept. Computer Science, Univ. of Freiburg, Germany
• Virginio Cantoni,
Univ. of Pavia, Italy
• James L. Crowley,
INPG, Grenoble, France
• Sauro Longhi,
DIIGA, Univ. Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
• Emanuele Menegatti,
DEI, Univ. of Padova, Italy
• Roland Siegwart,
ASL/LSA, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
• Markus Vincze
Vienna University of Technology (VUT), Austria
Pierre Bessiereis a senior researcher at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) since 1992. He took his Ph.D. in artificial intelligence in 1983 from the Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble, France. He did a post-doctorate at the Stanford Research Institute and then worked for several years in the computer science industry. He has been working for the last 15 years on evolutionary algorithms and Bayesian inference. He leads the ‘LAPLACE Research Group: Stochastic models for perception, inference and action’ (http://www-laplace.imag.fr). He founded with Emmanuel Mazer in 2003 the ProBAYES company specialized in the development of Bayesian applications for the industry (http://www.probayes.com).
Wolfram Burgard studied computer science at the University of Dortmund, Germany, and received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science of the University of Bonn in 1991. Since 1999 Wolfram Burgard is associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Freiburg where he heads the research laboratory for Autonomous Intelligent Systems. His areas of interest lie in artificial intelligence and robotics. They cover mobile robot navigation, multi-robot systems, state estimation, human robot interaction, activity monitoring, and networked robots. Wolfram Burgard has published over 100 articles in journals and conferences and received eight best paper awards.
Virginio Cantoni was born in 1948 and received the Laurea (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering in 1972 from Pavia University (Italy). He is presently Full Professor of Computer Engineering at Pavia University. He has been for the period 1985-1990 President of the Italian Group of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) and for the period 1989-1995 the Director of the Department of Computer and Systems Engineering of Pavia University. Since 1995 he is the Coordinator of the PhD courses on Electronic and Computer Engineering of Pavia University. He has been the founder and the Director, since 1997, of the European School of Advanced Studies on Media Science and Technology. Since 2002 he is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He is author or co-author of about 170 Journal or Conference papers and book chapters and the editor or co-editor of 19 books and co-author of a book on ‘Pyramidal Architectures for Computer Vision’. He has also acted as an Expert and a Project Reviewer for the Commision of the European Communities. He is Fellow of the IAPR (International Association for Pattern Recognition) since 1994 and Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) since 1997.
James L. Crowley was one of the founders of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy in 1980. From 1982 to 1985 he directed the Laboratory for Household Robotics at CMU, where he developed systems for world modeling and navigation using computer vision and ultrasonic range sensors. He is now Professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), where he teaches courses in Computer Vision, Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. He directs the GRAVIR (GRAphics, VIsion and Robotics) laboratory and the project PRIMA (Perception and Integration for Smart Spaces) at the INRIA Rhone-Alpes research center in Montbonnot, France. Since 1986 he has participated in a total of 14 European Projects, in particular, from 1994 to 1998 he was coordinator of the European Computer Vision Network (ECVnet). He has edited two books, five special issues of journals, and authored over 180 articles on computer vision and mobile robotics.
Sauro Longhi received the Doctor degree in electronic engineering from the University of Ancona, Italy, in 1979 and postgraduate Diploma in automatic control from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, in 1985. From 1981 to 1983, he was with the Telettra S.p.A., Chieti, Italy. In 1983 joined the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Automatica of the University of Ancona as Researcher. From 1992 to 2001 he has been Associate Professor in Control Systems Technologies, and since 2001 he is Full Professor at the University Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, and co-ordinator of the Doctoral Courses in "Intelligent Artificial Systems". He has been the General Chair of the IFAC conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, CAMS 2004, Ancona. His research interests include control of mobile robots, sensor fusion, underwater vehicles and analysis and control of linear systems.
Emanuele Menegatti received the Laurea in Physics in 1998 at the University of Padua, Italy, the MSc in Artificial Intelligence in the 2000 at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and the Ph.D. in Informatics and Industrial Electronics in 2003 at the Dept. of Information Engineering of the University of Padua, Italy. He was Visiting Researcher at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory of Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro in the University of Wakayama (Japan). He was Technical Manager for the organisation of RoboCup2003. Since 2004 he is Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering of the University of Padua. His research interests are in the domain of Artificial Intelligence and more specifically in Omnidirectional Robot Vision.
Roland Siegwart (1959) received his M.Sc. ME in 1983 and his Doctoral degree in 1989 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. After his Ph.D. studies he spent one year as a postdoc at Stanford University where he was involved in micro-robots and tactile gripping. From 1991 to 1996 he worked part time as R&D director at MECOS Traxler AG and as lecturer and deputy head at the Institute of Robotics, ETH. Since 1996 he is a full professor for Autonomous Systems and Robots at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), and since 2002 also vice-dean of the School of Engineering. He leads a research group of around 25 people working in the field of robotics and mechatronics. Roland Siegwart published over 100 papers in the field of mechatronics and robotics including a text book on mobile robotics. He is an active member of various scientific committees and co-founder of several spin-off companies. He was the general Chair of IROS 2002 and he is currently VP for Technical Activities of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.
Markus Vincze received the Diploma degree from TUW in 1988, the Master of Science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, U.S.A., in 1990 and a Ph.D from TUW in 1993 in Robotics. With a grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences he spent post-doc years at HelpMate Robotics Inc., with J.E. Engelberger, and at the Yale University with Prof. G.D. Hager. Since 1995 he is leading the Sensing for Robotics Group at TUW. Mr. Vincze serves, e.g., as reviewer for the EU and the German research fund. He published over 100 papers in refereed journals and conferences in the area of robotics and vision. Together with G.D. Hager he edited a book on "Robust Vision for Vision-based Control of Motion". He co-ordinated the EU project RobVision and recently finished co-ordinating EU project ActIPret. He is key investigator in the FP6 EU projects MOVEMENT and XPERO.