Keynote Speakers


Prof. Jan Peters (IEEE Fellow, ELLIS Fellow and AAIA Fellow)

Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Bio: Jan Peters is a full professor (W3) for Intelligent Autonomous Systems at the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt since 2011, and, at the same time, he is the dept head of the research department on Systems AI for Robot Learning (SAIROL) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, DFKI) since 2022. He is also is a founding research faculty member of the Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence. Jan Peters has received the Dick Volz Best 2007 US PhD Thesis Runner-Up Award, the Robotics: Science & Systems - Early Career Spotlight, the INNS Young Investigator Award, and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society's Early Career Award as well as numerous best paper awards. In 2015, he received an ERC Starting Grant and in 2019, he was appointed IEEE Fellow, in 2020 ELLIS Fellow and in 2021 AAIA Fellow.
Despite being a faculty member at TU Darmstadt only since 2011, Jan Peters has already nurtured a series of outstanding young researchers into successful careers. These include new faculty members at leading universities in the USA, Japan, Germany, Finland and Holland, postdoctoral scholars at top computer science departments (including MIT, CMU, and Berkeley) and young leaders at top AI companies (including Amazon, Boston Dynamics, Google and Facebook/Meta).
Jan Peters has studied Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical and Control Engineering at TU Munich and FernUni Hagen in Germany, at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Southern California (USC). He has received four Master's degrees in these disciplines as well as a Computer Science PhD from USC. Jan Peters has performed research in Germany at DLR, TU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (in addition to the institutions above), in Japan at the Advanced Telecommunication Research Center (ATR), at USC and at both NUS and Siemens Advanced Engineering in Singapore. He has led research groups on Machine Learning for Robotics at the Max Planck Institutes for Biological Cybernetics (2007-2010) and Intelligent Systems (2010-2021).



Prof. Joanna Kwiecień

AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Bio: Joanna Kwiecień - a Professor at AGH University of Science and Technology (AGH-UST) in Krakow. She received her PhD degree in Automatics and Robotics, and DSc degree at AGH-UST in 2004, and 2019, respectively. She is a specialist on methods and algorithms of artificial intelligence (mainly swarm intelligence), which have many applications in robotics (e.g. path planning, swarm robotics). Her interests include also modeling and optimization of real systems, discrete optimization, and decision making. She is the author and co-author of over 50 national and international research papers. She has been a reviewer for several international conferences and journals, such as: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Expert Systems with Applications, Swarm and Evolutionary Computation. She has been involved in research projects as one of the contractors - most of them has been funded by The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR).



Prof. Adam Piłat

AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Bio: Adam Krzysztof Pilat is a Professor of AGH University of Science and Technology. He is currently employed at the Department of Automatic Control and Robotics as a researcher, didactic, and head of Photovoltaic, Robotics and Magnetic Levitation Laboratory. He received M.Sc in 1996, Ph.D. in 2002, D.Sc. in 2014. He is an author and co-author of 42 articles, 85 papers, 4 books, 12 book chapters, 20 patents. He is a member of IEEE Control Systems Society and Robotics and Automation Society. His scientific interest is focused on interdisciplinary modelling, simulation, controller synthesis and real-time control. His research is mainly focused on devices design and prototyping with embedded Active Magnetic Levitation technology.



Prof. Andrzej Turnau

INTECO, Poland

Bio: Andrzej Turnau works in the following disciplines: automation, electronics, computer science, and mechanical engineering in the following specialties: control theory, automata theory, intelligent algorithms, and optimization. Currently employed at the College of Economics and Computer Science in Cracow. He pursued his studies and scientific career at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. He has been a titular professor since 2015. Since 2001, he has been managing the company: INTECO Ltd (Intelligent Technology for Control), acting as the president of the board. INTECO is the leader in the design and manufacture of mechatronic systems for real-time control design and implementation. Many product designs originate from universities. Most of the fabrication is exported. These systems are a mainspring to automatic control laboratories and become essential equipment for lecturers and researchers at universities and technical schools. He wrote 130 publications, including several books, and promoted 5 doctors and the 6th doctoral dissertation will be completed soon. He has 2 patents, he has been a member of the Technical Committee for Optimal Control IFAC since 2001, and he has been a member of the board of the Polish Association of Measurements and Automation POLSPAR since 2003. Among the publications Adamski A. and Turnau A.: 1998; Simulation support tool for real-time dispatching control in public transport; Transportation Research, has the highest number of citations. In his own opinion, the work of Turnau A.: 2008; Model identification dedicated to the time-optimal control IFAC'08, Seoul preprints of the 17th IFAC World Congress: July 6-8, 2008, Seoul, Korea. S. 2655-2660 distinguishes the research potential in the methods of synthesis of optimal regulators. The research is summarized in the professor's book Turnau A.: 2013. Advances in time-optimal controllers in real-time. Automatics and Robotics. Academic Press EXIT, Warsaw.