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Robotics Expert Michael Beetz Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Sweden

Computer Science Professor Michael Beetz has received an honorary doctorate from the Swedish Örebro University for his outstanding achievements in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics.

Michael Beetz has made an international name for himself with his research in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics. At Örebro University (Sweden), Vice-Chancellor Johan Schnürer has now awarded him an honorary doctorate for his internationally outstanding scientific achievements as well as his many years of cooperation with the Swedish university at a ceremony. In the past, Beetz has acted as second assessor for several doctorates and has given lectures during the winter school of the AASS Cognitive Robotic Systems Lab.

Internationalization and Democratization of Robotics

Beetz is head of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI) at the University of Bremen. The IAI is researching automated control methods for robots. They should learn to implement abstract instructions independently and thus become assistants in our everyday lives. Another of Beetz’s important fields of activity is the Collaborative Research Center 1320 EASE (Everyday Activity Science and Engineering), for which he is a spokesperson. There, he and his research team are working on improving the technical prerequisites for cooperation in the robotics research field and removing the obstacles to robot programming. This is why the IAI Group makes most of its research results available as open-source software, mainly in the Robot Operating System (ROS) library. The intended goal of this practice is the stronger democratization of robotics and artificial intelligence, so that the development of these future topical research fields is not solely shaped by commercial interests. In cooperation with other international universities, including Örebro University, the University of Bremen has been building the foundations for intensive cooperation in the field of robotics for several years.

Additional Information:

ai.uni-bremen.de/team/michael_beetz
ease-crc.org
www.uni-bremen.de

Contact:

Professor Michael Beetz PhD
Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Science
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-64001
E-mail: beetzprotect me ?!cs.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Professor Michael Beetz und drei Roboter
Professor Michael Beetz and his robots Raphael (white), Boxy (red) und Pepper (at the front)