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Juergen Schmidhuber


Jürgen Schmidhuber is Director of the Swiss Institute for Artificial Intelligence IDSIA (since 1995), Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Lugano, Switzerland (since 2009), Head of Cognitive Robotics in the Faculty of TUM Computer Science at TU Munich, Germany (since 2004, as Professor Extraordinarius until April 2009), and Professor SUPSI, Switzerland (since 2003). He obtained his doctoral degree in computer science from TUM in 1991 and his Habilitation degree in 1993, after a postdoctoral stay at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. He helped to transform IDSIA into one of the world´s top ten AI labs (the smallest!), according to the ranking of Business Week Magazine. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers on topics such as machine learning, mathematically optimal universal AI, artificial curiosity and creativity, artificial recurrent neural networks, adaptive robotics, complexity theory, digital physics, theory of beauty, and the fine arts.


Best known for his algorithms for learning programs running on recurrent neural networks (RNNs) and other computers (e.g., OOPS and GP), non-halting Turing machines and generalizations of Kolmogorov complexity, optimal universal learners, Goedel machines and earlier self-referential meta-learners, reinforcement learning, artificial evolution, robot learning, non-linear ICA, artificial curiosity, a complexity-based theory of beauty, low-complexity art (a new minimal art form based on algorithmic information theory), the speed prior for optimal computable inductive inference in quickly computable universes, and an algorithmic theory of everything. Interested in statistical robotics, evolving RNNs for robot control, learning attentive vision, hierarchical learning, time series prediction, financial forecasting, robot cars, resilient machines with self-models, robot hands and arms with elastic tendons and muscles, artificial music composition, artificial ants. He is promoting the New AI: general & sound & relevant for physics. Compare Schmidhuber´s publications and motivation and deutsche Seite and check out what´s new. Schmidhuber´s computer science heroes: Schickard, Leibniz, Babbage, Goedel, Turing, Zuse. Compare Schmidhuber´s law. Other scientists who left their mark: Gauss, Einstein, Haber & Bosch, Archimedes. Is history converging? Again?

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