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Prof. Dr. Andreas Birk
Phone, Fax, Email:
a.birk AT jacobs-university.de
Building Research 1, Room 39
In respect to my research interests I am a split-personality . On the one hand, I am interested in a scientific question which is purely basic research, namely the constructive understanding of intelligence. On the other hand, I have got a strong interest in engineering, especially in robotics linked to AI, and I am interested in research that leads to concrete applications. I do not think that these two things contradict each other. In contrary, generating in the long term a machine with human-like intelligence is imho to a large extent an engineering challenge.
An overview of my activities is given at the research part of the Jacobs University Robotics group website. I started the group in September 2001 with the very beginning of research and teaching activities at Jacobs University. Its main focus of research is on Autonomous Systems. The expertise ranges from the development of embedded hardware over mechatronics and sensors to high-level software. On the basic research side of autonomous systems, machine learning and cooperation are core themes. The systems developed at Jacobs University are used in various domains including rescue robots and underwater robots.
Selected Previous Projects (before Jacobs University)
- Robotic Ecosystem
- Educational Robotics
- Small Size (F180) Robot Soccer
- Learning Hand Eye Coordination
A selection of my "recent" publications, i.e., from Fall 2001 on, can be found on the Jacobs University Robotics publications page. My older publications from before Fall 2001, i.e., my time before Jacobs University, can be found on a separate page. Please follow the two links.
My Erdös-number seems to be 3, namely via my PhD-advisor Wolfgang J. Paul who has 2 as he published with several Erdos-number 1 people (Fan Ron King (Graham) Chung, Maria Margaret Klawe, Endre Szemeredi, and William Thomas Trotter Jr.).