"1990s was the era of a billion PCs, 2000s was the era of a billion smartphones, this decade will be the era of a billion autonomous machines."
"I envision a world with intelligent machines helping people lead better lives and helping our planet."
Gurdeep Singh Pall | Corporate Vice President for Business AI at Microsoft Corp, and part of the Technology & Research Leadership TeamMicrosoft Corp at the Hightech Summit of munich_i
Since 2018, Microsoft and MSRM (from 01 October 2021 new: MIRMI - Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence) cooperate to develop human-centered intelligent machines that lead humanity live better lives. The future of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics was discussed by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the TUM community during his digital visit to Munich in summer of 2020. The conversation is preceeded by a history of research cooperation between Microsoft and MSRM.
International experts gave an outlook on the smart connected factory of the future during the digital Hightech Summit of munich_i. In this context, Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President for Business AI at Microsoft Corp, and part of the Technology & Research Leadership Team mentioned that in the same way computing platforms and the internet created a broadly accessible medium for innovation, building Autonomous Systems need a new approach with defacto standard platforms, open interfaces and toolchains. We share what we are doing at Microsoft to make that happen.
The conference motto "Shared Intelligence" puts artificial intelligence (AI) on the agenda as the most important key technology. The topics of the conference were primarily aimed at the cooperation and networking of humans and machines as well as the ethical aspects of the use of AI. Renowned robotics researcher Prof. Sami Haddadin, Acting Director of the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI, formerly MSRM), contributed the latest findings from research on AI to the conference.
MSRM presented the Collective Learning Demo at the Hanover Fair. Visitors could experience the telepresence function for themselves and remotely control the robots in Munich from Hanover. A new show-case was shown at the Microsoft booth, where the well-known peg-in-hole task could not only be performed tactilely, but also via additional image processing, independent of the drilling position.
In the video series #TalkAboutAI, Andre Kiehne, Member of the Executive Board of Microsoft Deutschland, meets AI experts and illuminates the various facets of artificial intelligence with them. In Episode 2, Andre Kiehne and Prof. Dr. Sami Haddadin, acting director of the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI, formerly MSRM) from the Technical University of Munich talk about intelligent robots. In the video, the AI experts talk about how intelligent machines are used in the field of physical assistance and why we should be excited about the future.
With the support of Microsoft Germany and other golden sponsors, the MSRM opening event brought together international AI and robotics experts. One of them was robotics Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, from the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Prof. Vijayakumar is the Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and Programme co-Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute. Since 2007, he holds the prestigious Senior Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, co-funded by Microsoft Research, and is also an Adjunct Faculty of the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a Visiting Research Scientist at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Labs, Kyoto-Japan.
- Accepted at CoRL 2020: Aljalbout, E., Chen, J., Ritt, K.,Ulmer, M. and Haddadin, S.: “Learning Vision-based Reactive Policies for Obstacle Avoidance”.
- Accepted at CoRL 2020: Voigt, F., Johannsmeier L. and Haddadin, S. “Multi-Level Structure vs. End-to-End-Learning in High-Performance Tactile Robotic Manipulation"
- Rao, N., Aljalbout, E., Sauer, A. and Haddadin, S.: “How to make deep rl work in practice”. Neurips, Workshop on Deep RL, 2020.
- Best Paper Award: Sauer, Axel*, Elie Aljalbout*, and Sami Haddadin. "Tracking Holistic Object Representations." British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), 2019