NT-3 "Machine Learning for Autonomous Robots" Course in Bremen
Workshop on the basics of machine learning and field trip to Bremerhaven
From 6 to 8 May, the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) of the DFKI invited the early-stage-researchers of the Robocademy International Training Network to a technical workshop on machine learning for autonomous robots to Bremen.
The prelude to the event was a joint trip to Bremerhaven for a visit at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), one of Robocademy associated partners. There, the workshop participants were introduced to AWI scientist Dr. Johannes Lemburg, who guided the group through the construction laboratories of the Institute. Afterwards he gave a presentation on the challenges of deep-sea science. On many practical examples he explained the special requirements, the materials has to face in deep water. Another highlight was the presentation of the crawler TRAMPER, a deep-sea robot developed by the AWI that will perform completely autonomously oxygen measurements on the seabed in the future.
Another program point of Bremerhaven excursion was a visit at the Museum of Technology Wilhelm Bauer. The museum located inside a disused submarine enabled the Robocademy group an exciting look into the history of manned deep-sea journey.
On the next day, the actual workshop started in the buildings of the DFKI in Bremen. The focus initially was on the methods of machine on artificial intelligence-based learning. A mixture of lectures and exercises which were each held or hosted by DFKI scientists and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Bremen, formed a varied program – during the workshop the participants were introduced to the RIC developed software pySPACE, which enables the processing of huge amounts of data as they arise in the field of machine learning. The day ended with a colloquium by Prof. David Lane from the Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, held as part of another Robocademy-course, and in which the young academics were given the opportunity to present the progress of their research.
On the second workshop day the pros and cons of previous discussed methods, specifically designed for autonomous operation of mobile underwater robots were in focus. The participants discussed the current state of developments and the methods and solutions that are relevant for robotics in general and for the underwater robotics in particular.
At lunch and a final trip to the Bremen nightlife the parties had also enough space to interact with each other via the Technical addition and meet.