Workshop Overview

This TransAIR workshop will bring together leading experts to address the challenges of developing cognitive architectures for robot agents. The primary goal of the workshop is to open a discussion on possible interdisciplinary collaborations and the identification of prospects for collaborative development, ideally in an open-source open-systems framework. 

The agenda will contain discussions on what can be done in practice today, the innovations we can expect in the short term, and the advances that require longer-term research. We will also address the possibility of community-wide collaboration for consolidating operational cognitive architectures through joint development and common frameworks or interfaces. Invited experts will illustrate current capabilities by making reference to practical demonstrations of robot applications using their own cognitive architecture or their cognitive architecture of choice.

Topics of Interest

The workshop addresses a wide range of topics in cognitive architectures for robot agents, particularly addressing:

  • Current capabilities, 
  • Future enhancements, 
  • Prospects for collaborative development, 
  • Potential for open science and open research in the context of AI-based robotics in the field of cognitive architectures.

Time & Date

Date: 22nd – 28th March 2021

Time: Due to the virtual workshop format and the attendance of international audiences, we will schedule live sessions from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) / 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Central European Time (CET).

Please receive your admission tickets well in advance before the event begins and stay tuned for more information on our social media channels.

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Virtual Venue

Due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the well-being of participants, the workshop will be held virtually. We will use a virtual venue tool to offer a workshop experience which targets a composition of pre-recorded video presentations of invited talks accompanied with live Q&A session, live tutorials or interviews and live panel discussions. 

We are providing a complete virtual experience where you can customize your virtual avatar, explore the workshop by walking around our venue, listen to or join the invited talks, live Q&A and panel discussions or have group conversations while enjoying the virtual coffee break or private conversations.

Invited Speakers and Panelists

Leading experts are brought together to present their research and perspectives on the topic of the workshop.

We have an excellent line-up (in alphabetical order by surname):



To be announced soon!


Organizing Committee

Michael Beetz, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen

Giulio Sandini, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, University of Genoa

David Vernon, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen

Christian A. Mueller, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen

Alexander Wich, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen

Jörn Syrbe, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen

Workshop Co-organization

Maria Hedblom, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen: Moderation

Gayane Kazhoyan, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen: Moderation

Ana Tanevska, CONTACT Research Line, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia: Moderation

Workshop Support

Lisa Frerichs, University of Bremen:  Communication

Kelvin Okenye, University of Bremen: Webdesign, Social Media

Lisa-Marie Wei-Qing Liu, University of Bremen: Graphic Design

Workshop Affiliation

EASE is an interdisciplinary research center at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence  (University of Bremen) that investigates everyday activity science and engineering. Its core purpose is to advance our understanding of how human-scale manipulation tasks can be mastered by robotic agents. To achieve this, EASE establishes the research area “Everyday Activity Science and Engineering” and creates a research community that conducts open research, open training, open data, and knowledge sharing.

The Cognitive Architecture Scientific Initiative – iCog – an open source initiative started at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) with the goal of advancing our knowledge of human cognition by designing, building, and sharing a common cognitive architecture for an embodied artificial system such as iCub.Cognitive Architecture Scientific Initiative