Advisory Board

Dr. Tijn van der Zant

Tijn van der Zant, Ph.D. is Director of the Cognitive Robotics Laboratory at the University of Groningen, Founder and Director at AIMLearn, and Cofounder and Executive at RoboCup@Home.
Tijn is a researcher working on massive parallel machine learning on supercomputers and on developing adaptive robot brains.
The RoboCup@Home league aims to develop service and assistive robot technology with high relevance for future personal domestic applications. It is the largest international annual competition for autonomous service robots and is part of the RoboCup initiative. A set of benchmark tests is used to evaluate the robots’ abilities and performance in a realistic non-standardized home environment setting.
Focus lies on the following domains but is not limited to: Human-Robot-Interaction and Cooperation, Navigation and Mapping in dynamic environments, Computer Vision and Object Recognition under natural light conditions, Object Manipulation, Adaptive Behaviors, Behavior Integration, Ambient Intelligence, Standardization, and System Integration. It is colocated with the RoboCup symposium.
Tijn coauthored Layout Analysis of Handwritten Historical Documents for Searching the Archive of the Cabinet of the Dutch Queen. RoboCup X: A proposal for a new league where RoboCup goes real world, Online robot learning using the interval estimation algorithm, RoboCup@Home: Scientific Competition and Benchmarking for Domestic Service Robots, Lightweight Management – taming the RoboCup development process, Identification of motion with echo state network, and Handwritten-Word Spotting Using Biologically Inspired Features.
Tijn earned his BSc. and MSc. in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence at the Universiteit Utrecht. He earned his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in 2009.
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