Patrick van der Smagt

Director @ Volkswagen Group AI Research Lab

Patrick van der Smagt is director of the open-source Volkswagen Group AI Research Lab in Munich’s Data Lab, focussing on probabilistic deep learning for time series modelling. He previously directed a lab as professor for machine learning and biomimetic robotics at the Technical University of Munich, and was the head of bionics at the DLR Oberpfaffenhofen. Besides publishing numerous papers and patents on machine learning, robotics, and motor control, he has won various awards, including the 2013 Helmholtz-Association Erwin Schrödinger Award, the 2014 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award, and the 2013 Harvard Medical School/MGH Martin Research Prize. He is founding chairman of a non-for-profit organisation for Assistive Robotics for tetraplegics and co-founder of various companies.