APERoC 2012
first international workshop on
Action for Perception: Endowing Robots with Cognition


Lazaros Nalpantidis

Dr. Lazaros Nalpantidis is post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS), Computer Vision & Active Perception Lab. (CVAP) of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. He holds a PhD (2010) from the Department of Production and Management Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece in the field of Robot Vision. He earned a BSc degree (2003) in Physics and the MSc degree (2005) (with Honors) in Electronic Engineering both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has been involved in numerous research projects funded by the European Commission, European Space Agency, Greek state and Swedish state. His current research interests and involvement in international research programs include active and cognitive vision systems for robots in scene understanding, depth perception, obstacle avoidance and SLAM applications.

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Gert Kootstra

Gert Kootstra is a post-doctoral researcher at the Computer Vision and Active Perception group at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. His research interests are in active perception, sensorimotor learning, and perception for robotic grasping and manipulation. He received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands in 2009 on the topic of visual attention and active vision. From 2002 to 2005, he was a junior lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the Artificial Intelligence Institute at the University of Groningen.

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Renaud Detry

Renaud Detry earned his doctoral degree at the University of Liège in 2010. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm), working on multimodal object representations for autonomous, sensorimotor interaction. He has contributed probabilistic representations and methods for multi-sensory learning that allow a robotic agent to infer useful behaviors from perceptual observations.

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Alexander Maye

Alexander Maye leads the research group "Computational Modelling and BCI" at the Dept. of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology. A computer scientist by education, the focus of his work is on the functional role of oscillatory neuronal activity in perception, cognition, and consciousness. He has experience in bio-inspired robotics, computer vision and image processing, and has lead several projects with industry partners.

Justus Piater

Justus Piater is a professor of computer science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where he leads the Intelligent and Interactive Systems group. He holds a M.Sc. degree from the University of Magdeburg, Germany, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, all in computer science. Before joining the University of Innsbruck in 2010, he was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, a professor of computer science at the University of Liège, Belgium, and a Marie-Curie research fellow at GRAVIR-IMAG, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, France. His research interests focus on visual perception, learning and inference in sensorimotor systems and other dynamic and interactive scenarios, and include applications in autonomous robotics and video analysis.

Tamim Asfour

Tamim Asfour is Full Professor at the Institute for Anthropomatics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany. He received his diploma degree in Electrical Engineering in 1994 and his PhD in Computer Science in 2003 from the University of Karlsruhe. In 2003 he was awarded with the Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) price for his outstanding Ph.D. thesis on sensorimotor control in humanoid robotics and the development of the humanoid robot ARMAR. He is European Chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Humanoid Robots and member the Executive Board of the German Association of Robotics (DGR). He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. He is leading the development of the ARMAR humanoid robot series. His major research interest is humanoid robotics. Tamim's website

Danica Kragic

Danica Kragic received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia, and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden in 1995 and 2001, respectively. She is currently a professor in computer science at KTH and chairs the IEEE RAS Committee on Computer and Robot Vision. She received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. Her research interests include vision systems, object grasping and manipulation and action learning.

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Lazaros Nalpantidis, Renaud Detry, Gert Kootstra,
Alexander Maye, Justus Piater, Tamim Asfour, Danica Kragic