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Global Future 2045 – A New Era for Humanity

Global Future 2045 – A New Era for Humanity

In February of 2012 the first Global Future 2045 Congress was held in Moscow. There, over 50 world leading scientists from multiple disciplines met to develop a strategy for the future development of humankind. One of the main goals of the Congress was to construct a global network of scientists to further research on the development of cybernetic technology, with the ultimate goal of transferring a human’s individual consciousness to an artificial carrier.

Syndicated 2012-06-11 12:30:07 from Petar Kormushev

Postdoctoral position in Machine Learning for Robot Control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology (an English-language research institute), has a Post Doc opening in the research areas of Reinforcement learning and Imitation learning applied to robot control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV).

The successful candidate will participate in a 3-year research project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT, STREP, Cognitive Systems and Robotics) called “PANDORA” (Persistent Autonomy through learNing, aDaptation, Observation and ReplAnning) which started in January 2012 (http://persistentautonomy.com/).

The project is a collaboration of five universities and institutes in Europe: Heriot Watt University (UK), Italian Institute of Technology (Italy), University of Girona (Spain), King’s College London (UK), and National Technical University of Athens (Greece).

The accepted candidate will contribute to the development and experimental validation of novel reinforcement learning and imitation learning algorithms for specific application to robot control of autonomous underwater vehicles.

The research work includes conducting experiment with AUVs in water tanks in collaboration with the other project partners. The developed machine learning algorithms will also be applied for other robots available at IIT, such as the compliant humanoid robot COMAN, the humanoid robot iCub, Barrett WAM manipulator arm, and KUKA LWR arm robot.

The research will be conducted within the “Learning and Interaction Group” (http://www.iit.it/en/advr-labs/learning-and-interaction.html) with team leaders: Dr. Petar Kormushev and Dr. Sylvain Calinon.

The salary will depend on the candidate’s experience. Policies provide additional pension and health benefits. Applicants may also qualify for reduced taxes benefits. Contracts will be for the duration of the project. Expected starting date is as soon as possible.

International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues. For further information please contact: Dr. Petar Kormushev (petar.kormushev AT iit.it).


The official job posting on the IIT website can be found here:

Syndicated 2012-05-31 13:41:15 from Petar Kormushev

The Cost of Knowledge

The Cost of Knowledge is a movement started by mathematicians and other academics who are protesting against the business model of the big publishers like Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, and etc.


Currently, the academics are set to boycott the Elsevier’s business practices, as explained in this Statement of Purpose.


You can take a stand by signing up here: http://thecostofknowledge.com/


Syndicated 2012-05-16 14:09:57 from Petar Kormushev

AIMSA 2012 Workshop

I am co-organizing a workshop at AIMSA 2012 on behalf of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robot Learning:


Workshop Topic: Advances in Robot Learning and Human-Robot Interaction

Location: Varna, Bulgaria

Date: September 12, 2012

Venue: AIMSA 2012 conference on Artificial Intelligence

URL: http://kormushev.com/AIMSA-2012/


The invited speaker will be Prof. Alexander Stoytchev, from Iowa State University, USA. All accepted papers will be published in a special issue of a journal (for details see the website of the workshop). The workshop location is really nice, it is the biggest and best sea resort in Bulgaria, with magnificent sand and pleasant weather.

Syndicated 2012-03-28 16:51:32 from Petar Kormushev

Who is Peter Joseph?

A nice interview with Peter Joseph: