KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Eric Postma

Research professor

Tilburg University & Jheronimus Academy of Data Science

Eric Postma is professor in Artificial Intelligence at the Cognitive Science & AI department at Tilburg University and at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, a joint initiative of Eindhoven University of Technology and Tilburg University.

His Ph.D. in 1994 at Maastricht University concerned a biologically inspired model of covert attention. This served as an inspiration for his current research, which focusses on the use of data science (machine learning) in image recognition and cognitive modelling. Next to the development of models and theoretical frameworks, he always has and had an open eye for applied research. For instance, starting in the mid 1990s, he focused on the development of visual recognition and classification techniques for the cultural heritage. Subsequently, he launched the development of digital analysis methods for paintings. As a direct consequence, he was the leader of several scientific NWO projects in the programme ToKeN (“Toegankelijkheid en Kennisontsluiting in Nederland”) and CATCH (Continuous Access to Cultural Heritage). Moreover, together with prof. C. Richard Johnson Jr., he initiated an international consortium for digital painting analysis. The work by his research group has been covered extensively in the media since 2000. In 2008 Postma and his team ranked second in the annual “Academische Jaarprijs” with a presentation on the breakthroughs of digital painting analysis. Together with Laurens van der Maaten, he received the AAAI-08 Most Innovative Video Award for a scientific video of the digital painting analysis. Currently, Postma is coordinating the REVIGO project and he is member of SIGAIIPN, and the Lorenz center Computational Science Board.

Carme Torras

Research professor

Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (CSIC-UPC)

Carme Torras is Research Professor at the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (CSIC-UPC) in Barcelona, where she leads a research group on assistive and collaborative robotics. She received M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Barcelona and the University of Massachusetts, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Prof. Torras has published six research books and about three hundred papers in robotics, machine learning, geometric reasoning, and neurocomputing. She has supervised 19 PhD theses and led 16 European projects, the latest being her ERC Advanced Grant project CLOTHILDE – Cloth manipulation learning from demonstrations. Prof. Torras is IEEE and EurAI Fellow, member of Academia Europaea and the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona. She has served as Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and has played different roles in the editorial boards of 10 journals, among which AI Communications, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Natural Computing. Convinced that science fiction can help promote ethics in AI and robotics, one of her novels – winner of the Pedrolo and Ictineu awards – has been translated into English with the title The Vestigial Heart (MIT Press, 2018) and published together with online materials to teach a course on “Ethics in Social Robotics and AI”.