Considering the current situation, IT Knowledge Bank will go online like many other meetups. We will continue bringing you interesting talks and entertaining you while staying at home.
For our first online event, we have prepared for you two interesting talks. First one is very innovative and focused on neuroscience and robotics. The second one is very practical and will show us how to successfully implement changes and deal with the challenges along the way.
18:00 IT Knowledge Bank Introduction
18:10 From Neuroscience to Robotics and back by Manos Agelidis
18:50 Making Changes – Secrets for Success by Radoslav Ivanov
19:30 End of event
From Neuroscience to Robotics and back
What makes our brains so efficient in computing and adapting to their environment? Why are animals so efficient at performing simple tasks that robots still find extremely difficult to perform? How can we learn from the interaction between neuroscience and robotics, shed light to complex biological phenomena and at the same time design novel robots? Biologically inspired robotics has been a long standing research field that draws inspiration from biomechanics, neuroscience and robotics, and aims in both explaining the mechanisms with which organisms interact with their environment, learn and adapt, and at the same time create better algorithms and robots that can perform at a near to human cognition level. Deep Learning has been very successful in providing near -or even above- human level intelligence performance in certain problems, but has no biological plausibility and often needs an enormous amount of data and processing power to train properly. We will discuss about a category of methods and algorithms that can pose as an alternative and complement to DL, especially for applications which are energy and computationally intense. We will explore the methods behind biologically inspired robotics, and see how the insights that we can gain from robotics can provide useful feedback about our hypotheses of human cognition.
Making Changes – Secrets for Success
Introducing changes often comes with various challenges that need to be addressed in order to ensure successful implementation and good results. We may need to deal with resistance, ensure commitment, gain support from the involved parties, motivate and coach, depending on the scope and impact of the changes. The presentation will provide systematic approach for introducing changes and how this approach can help you to deal with the obstacles and achieve the desired results efficiently.
Radoslav is IT specialist with more than 15 years of professional experience that likes challenges and making things better. He has extensive experience in international projects and multicultural environments. He is co-author of several technology books and active contributor to the technology community.