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The new science of intelligence

An event by Nature Italy and I-RIM

Rome, Maker Faire – October 7th, 2022

Nature Italy and I-RIM (the Italian Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines) present The New Science of Intelligence, a live scientific event that is part of the 10th edition of the Maker Faire in Rome.


This short and interdisciplinary conference will explore the new scientific territory that is opening up at the intersection of robotics, biology, and artificial intelligence. Visionary talks from leading Italian and international scientists will discuss the path towards a new generation of robots capable of exploring new environments, learning new tasks, interacting with humans in a completely new way.


The topics will range from machine learning to bio-inspired engineering, from autonomous vehicles and drones to human-robot interaction and brain-machine interfaces. The talks will present the latest developments in the field, the key scientific questions that still need to be addressed, and will show how scientists – including many Italian ones –are pushing the boundaries of Artificial Intelligence, while addressing fundamental questions on the evolution and nature of intelligence itself.



h. 15:30 – Welcome and introduction

Antonio Bicchi – President i-RIM

Nicola Nosengo – Chief Editor, Nature Italy

h. 15:40 – Human-centered robotics

Katja Mombaur – University of Waterloo, Canada

h. 16:05  – Towards “Physical AI”

Mirko Kovac – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

(EMPA)/Imperial College London

h. 16:30 – Searching for intelligence in the natural world

Barbara Mazzolai – Italian Institute of Technology

h. 16:55 – Interfacing robots and the human brain

Dario Farina – Imperial College London

h. 17:20 – Intelligent robots that see and learn

Rita Cucchiara – Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

h. 17:45 – Learning to fly: the future of autonomous drones

Davide Scaramuzza – University of Zurich

h. 18:10 – Roundtable and concluions

h. 18:30 – End of event and farewell cocktail