This year, the keynotes are joint keynotes with MATES 2013

Keynote #1: Prof. Dr. Raúl Rojas Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Title: AI - Research and the Future of Automobiles


In this talk I will reflect on the development of autonomous cars during the last ten years, and also on the open research problems for the next decade. As we will see, accurate sensing is not a problem for mobile robots. Laser scanners and video cameras provide more than enough data for the purposes of safe navigation. However, making sense of this data is still a hard problem in some situations in real traffic. Humans are good at recognizing and predicting intentions and behavior – computers are still bad at this task. I will show videos of our experiments in the field driving in three countries and will speculate about the possible avenues of research for making robotic cars a reality.

About the Speaker:

Raul Rojas received his Ph.D. from Freie Universität Berlin 1989 while being a researcher at GMD/FIRST. He was a professor of CS at Martin Luther University in Halle from 1994 to 1997. He has been a professor of CS at FU Berlin since 1997, directing the Intelligent Systems group. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and recipient of the European Software Award, as well of the Technology Transfer Prize from Berlin.

Keynote #2: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Weiss

Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Title: Autonomous Systems inspired by Biology


We can currently see the rapid formation of an exciting multidisciplinary field focusing on the application of biological principles and mechanisms to develop autonomous systems –    software agents and robots – that act highly flexible and robust in the face of environmental contingency and uncertainty. In this talk I will give an overview of various aspects of this field. The state of the art will be illustrated with divers examples of bio-inspired approaches to system adaptivity, functional and structural optimization, collective and swarm behavior, locomotion, sensor-motor control, and (co )evolution. A focus will be on representative work on biologically inspired autonomous systems done at the Swarmlab of Maastricht University, including recent research motivated by the behavior of social insects such as bees and ants.    

About the Speaker:

Gerhard Weiss is full professor of artificial intelligence and computer science and head of the Department of Knowledge Engineering (DKE), Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Maastricht University. Before joining Maastricht University in 2009, he was the Scientific Director of Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH, Austria, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Technical University Munich, Germany. He received his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in computer science from Technical University Munich and his Habilitation degree from Johannes-Kepler University Linz, Austria. His main interests are in the foundations and in practical applications of artificial intelligence, multi-agent technology, and autonomous and cooperative systems. He is editorial board member of several journals related to his research fields, and he has been in the program and steering committees of various international conferences and workshops. He was a Board member of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (IFAAMAS) and of two European networks of excellence (Agentlink and Exystence). Professor Weiss has served as a reviewer for several national, European and international research funding organizations and has been engaged as a scientific consultant and advisor for industry. See also

Keynote #3: Prof. Dr. Catholijn M. Jonker

TU Delft, The Netherlands

Title: The Headaches of a Negotiation Support Agent


Negotiation is a complex process as it poses challenges to the negotiator on both the emotional plane as well as on the computational plane. Human negotiators are known to leave money on the table, have trouble getting a clear view of their own preferences and those of their negotiation partner, and sometimes find it difficult to deal with their own emotions and those of their negotiation partner. In this talk I will briefly outline the Pocket Negotiator project and it's prototype. I will show some solutions developed during the project and will discuss some of the open challenges. In terms of research fields, I combine Artificial Intelligence, Affective Computing, and Human Computer Interaction.

To find out more about the Pocket Negotiator project, please visit

To try out the prototype, please use Chrome or FireFox to visit

About the Speaker:

Catholijn Jonker (1967) is full professor of Man-Machine Interaction at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of the Delft University of Technology. She studied computer science, and did her PhD studies at Utrecht University. After a post-doc position in Bern, Switzerland, she became assistant (later associate) professor at the Department of Artificial Intelligence of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. From September 2004 until September 2006 she was a full professor of Artificial Intelligence / Cognitive Science at the Nijmegen Institute of Cognition and Information of the Radboud University Nijmegen. She chaired De Jonge Akademie (Young Academy) of the KNAW (The Royal Netherlands Society of Arts and Sciences) in 2005 and 2006, and she was a member of the same organization from 2005 to 2010. She is a board member of the National Network Female Professors (LNVH) in The Netherlands. Her publications address cognitive processes and concepts such as trust, negotiation, teamwork and the dynamics of individual agents and organizations. In Delft she works with an interdisciplinary team to create synergy between humans and technology by understanding, shaping and using fundamentals of intelligence and interaction. End 2007 her NWO-STW VICI project “Pocket Negotiator” has been awarded. In this project she develops intelligent decision support systems for negotiation. See also

Important Dates

KI Conference: 16.-20.9.2013

Annual Meeting of the GI-SIG Artificial Intelligence (19.09.2013 18:30) Location: D.239


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