Patrick van der Smagt

Director Artificial Intelligence, Volkswagen, Germany

Patrick van der Smagt – Director Artificial Intelligence, Volkswagen, Germany

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, as well as deep learning for robotics, and quantum machine learning. He previously directed a lab as professor for machine learning and biomimetic robotics at the Technical University of Munich while leading the machine learning group at the research institute fortiss, and was the head of bionics and assistive robotics at the DLR Oberpfaffenhofen. Long before that, he did his PhD and MSc at Amsterdam’s universities. 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, the 2013 Harvard Medical School/MGH Martin Research Prize, and best-paper awards. He is founding chairman of a non-for-profit organisation for Assistive Robotics for tetraplegics and co-founder of various companies.