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Patrick van der Smagt

Technische Universität München (TUM) / fortiss

Professor for Biomimetic Robotics and Machine Learning

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Patrick van der Smagt received an M.Sc. in computer science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam. He is professor for computer science at TUM and researcher at fortiss Munich, and directs research labs for machine learning and biomimetic robotics. Besides publishing numerous papers and patents on machine learning, robotics, and motor control, he has won various awards, including the 2013 Helmholtz-Association Erwin Schrödinger Award, the 2014 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award, and the 2013 Harvard Medical School/MGH Martin Research Prize. He is founding chairman of a non-for-profit organisation for Assistive Robotics for tetraplegics and co-founder of various companies. His most recent startup focuses on machine-learning methodologies for robotics and data processing, in particular focussing on deep learning and recurrent neural networks.

Technische Universität München (TUM) / fortiss

Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.

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