How Artificial Intelligence enables Space Robotics: Prof. Kirchner of the DFKI speaks at MAPEX Symposium 2020

The robot system SherpaTT drives through the US-american desert during the Field Trials Utah. Source: DFKI GmbH

With its Space Exploration Hall and the Research Team Space, the Robotics Innovation Center of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has been proving its expertise in space research for years. Exploration robots, remote-controlled rovers and robot arms for the installation of satellite mirrors are some of the major contributions that artificial intelligence and robotics have to offer for the exploration of the cosmos. But how is it guaranteed that these technologies will work under adverse conditions, in weightlessness and on foreign planets?

Between 31 August and 2 September 2020, the University of Bremen is hosting the “Materials for Space Exploration” Symposium, at which experts from science and industry will speak on the newest developments in material research for outer space. The international MAPEX Symposium 2020 will take place as a hybrid event both on the campus of the University of Bremen and online. Lecturers from different countries, including the USA, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands, give talks on applications in space research, the development and production of materials, their physical chemistry and the automated discovery of new materials.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner, Executive Director of the DFKI Bremen and head of the Robotics Innovation Center, is one of the reputable speakers. On Monday, 31 August 2020, at 1:45 pm, he will hold a presentation on “AI enabled Robotics” and explain how artificial intelligence allows for space exploration via autonomous robots and what role the construction and the material of the intelligent system have.
All lectures of the MAPEX Symposium 2020 are broadcast via Zoom and can be joined digitally. The registration is free. Further information can be found on the website of the University of Bremen, current news are published on the Twitter account of the SpaceMat 2020.

In short:
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner on “AI enabled Robotics” during the MAPEX Symposium 2020
Monday, 31 August 2020, 01:45 pm
Free registration and further information on the virtual event via zoom at

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last updated 19.02.2021
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