Prof. Dr. Rolf Pfeifer, Professor and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Informatics, University of Zurich, will retire after 27 years at the end of July 2014. On 23 May he will give a farewell lecture at the auditorium (Aula) of the main building of the University of Zurich, KOL-G-201, at 6 p.m.: "A Scientist's Odyssey in a Globally Networked Society. On Robots, Embodiment, and Academic Life."
Rolf Pfeifer’s main interest has been the study of principles underlying natural and artificial intelligence. The term “embodiment” designates the important insight that the “seat of intelligence” is not the brain alone but the entire organism. According to the slogan of “understanding by building”, which characterizes his research program, he has built many biologically inspired robots to explore the foundations of intelligent behavior, in particular the tight coupling between brain, body and environment. The journey has not been smooth and straightforward, but there have been many – as it turned out - “good” roadblocks along the way that led into exciting novel territory.