23-24 February 2012 - First EUCogIII Members Conference, Vienna

"Do Robots Need Cognition? - Does Cognition need Robots?"


Markus Vincze (TU Vienna), Vincent C. Müller (ACT/Anatolia & Oxford)

The meeting is held in connection with CogSys 2012.

Keynote speakers

Michael Arbib (USC, LA), Michael Beetz (TU Munich), Libor Kral (EU Commission), Matthias Scheutz (Tufts, Boston).


This EUCog network meeting investigates the link between robotics, in all its forms, and cognitive systems research. These two areas are now closely intertwined, so we must explain the potential and name the problems of this connection.

An initial explanation: A cognitive system acts in flexible ways to achieve its own goals (thus involving perception, adaptation and learning). Greater cognitive ability will often be achieved by cooperation with other agents and use of traditional ‘higher’ functions like anticipation and reasoning. The tradition of artificial ‘cognitive’ systems stems from a rejection of the purely technical and intellectual orientation of classical ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and from a focus on whole autonomous systems that interact with a real environment. This tradition thus involves both the study of natural cognitive systems and the making of embodied autonomous technical systems (e.g. robots). Technical cognitive systems are motivated by the view that traditional systems with top-down control and full pre-specification (typically in sense-process-act loops) are less robust and more limited than autonomous and flexible systems. [VC Müller]

On the left: «Vienna» / On the right: «Vienna, City Hall»