Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Sinan Kalkan, Middle East Technical University

Topic: "Context in Robots"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: In many of our cognitive capabilities and perceptual processes, we (humans) rely on vast amount of background knowledge and stimuli that we call context. Robots that are expected to populate our daily lives in near future should use such contextual information, and perceive, act, reason and plan accordingly. In this talk, after providing a short summary of how context helps us (humans) and the use of contextual cues in the robotics literature, I will present some of our recent work on incremental and hierarchical modeling of context in robots.

Bio: Dr. Sinan Kalkan received his M.Sc. degree  in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2003, and his Ph.D. degree in Informatics from the University of Göttingen, Germany in 2008. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gottingen and at Middle East Technical University, he became an assistant professor at Middle East Technical University in 2010. Since 2016, he has been working as an associate professor. Sinan Kalkan’s research interests include Computer Vision, and Developmental Robotics. In Computer Vision, he has been working on depth estimation, stereo vision and object detection. In Developmental Robotics, he has been focusing on scene modeling, context modeling and life-long learning for the last couple of years.


  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey



Asst. Prof. Sinan Kalkan