Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dr. Erik Billing is here

Dr. Erik Billing from Umeå University of Sweden visited here. As I heard he just defended his Ph.D in last January. Even though he writes his name as "Erik", it is pronounced like "Earik" or something. Anyway we were allowed to call him "Erik" just like we pronouns an English name. :)  I received few opportunities to attend to his lectures conducted during this visit. He is mainly interested at artificial intelligence and intelligent robotics like stuff. He is a nice guy.

His Ph.D dissertation

The title of his Ph.D dissertation is Cognition Rehearsed - Recognition and Reproduction of Demonstrated Behavior. Since he gave some copies of his dissertation to some other people, I got a little chance to take a look at it and it was the first time I saw a Ph.D dissertation. Unlike the thesis we are writing for our B.Sc degree, this Ph.D thesis have a very nice professional look. I don't know whether usually doctoral thesis's of any other person is like that. However this one is good.

During his lectures, he discussed about different theoretical aspects mainly in Robotics area. Additionally he did some demonstrations with robotics simulators. He said that he will stay here for few weeks more, so I hope I will get more chances to talk with him and learn something.
There's an article with his idea's here (English translation).

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