The 5th Furhat Conference on Social Robotics

Unveiling the Future:
How Large Language Models Are Redefining Social Robotics


Wednesday, 21st of June 2023 at 4:00 PM CEST
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The virtual Furhat Conference is back for its fifth edition this June! This time around, the conference will be focused on the big topics of the time – LLMs, GPT, and what the rapid development of AI technologies means for the future of social robots.

Some incredible speakers will be discussing how the future of social robotics is changing with the current advancements of AI. Register below to receive an update on the final agenda and information on how to attend.

The Furhat Conference series showcases cutting edge research in the global social robotics community, announces exciting new product updates and engages the world’s top minds in the fields of social robotics & conversational AI in thought-leading discussions.

This conference is for anyone who is interested in AI and robotics. It doesn’t matter how much technical knowledge you have, the conference is about exploring the AI transformation we are currently living through and understanding the important role robots will have as they become the interfaces through which AI can interact with the physical world.

Expect insightful discussions from the world’s leading scientists and experts on the most recent advances in AI and what they mean for social robotics development. We will continue to live by our ethos of running a conference that is both rich in content and high in entertainment value.  Be ready to be blown away

As always, the Furhat Conference is totally free and accessible to everyone.

Meet our
keynote speaker!

Joscha Bach: One of the leading minds in AI research

“The question: Who are we? How does our mind work, and how does it relate to the universe?   These are the most fascinating riddles we humans can ask ourselves. I believe that the field of Artificial Intelligence can give us unique answers.”

If you’re interested in the philosophical and ethical dimension of the current AI revolution, this is for you. Joscha’s research interests include artificial general intelligence, cognitive architectures, consciousness, and the philosophy of mind.

Rap battle of
the century!

Robot vs Man

Experience the never seen before rap battle between robot and man. Who will win? Human creativity or the generative powers of AI? Start placing your bets!

Furhat Announcements


Be inspired by the leading experts within the quickly evolving world of AI and Social Robotics

Moderator - Bahar Irfan
Postdoctoral Researcher and Digital Futures fellow at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Bahar Irfan is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Digital Futures fellow at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She is currently developing a personal companion robot, using lifelong learning in large language models to personalize conversations with older adults. She has a diverse background in robotics, from personalization in human-robot interaction during her PhD at the University of Plymouth and SoftBank Robotics Europe, to user-centred task planning for household robotics during her masters in computer engineering, and building robots during her bachelors in mechanical engineering at Boğaziçi University. After her PhD, she worked at Disney Research on emotional language adaptation in dialogue for multiparty interactions, and following that, developed customizable software for industrial robots and virtual reality at Evinoks.

Keynote - Joscha Bach
Artificial Intelligence Researcher and Cognitive Scientist

Joscha Bach, referred to as the magician of consciousness, is a renowned AI researcher and cognitive scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of AI. He has a PhD in cognitive science from the University of Osnabrück and has worked at various prestigious institutions such as the MIT Media Lab and Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. Joscha’s work is focused on developing AI systems that are more transparent, ethical, and robust. He is also a strong advocate for the development of AI that is aligned with human values and goals. His research interests include artificial general intelligence, cognitive architectures, consciousness, and the philosophy of mind.

Tom Williams
Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines

Tom Williams is a renowned professor of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines, where he directs the Mines Interactive Robotics Research (MIRROR) Lab. He is widely recognized for his research and work in the development of intelligent systems for human-robot interaction and natural language processing. Tom is also an accomplished author and has published numerous research papers and book chapters on these topics. He is passionate about developing intelligent systems that adapt to their environments and is committed to advancing the field of AI through his research and teaching.

Andreas Braun
Managing Director & AI partner at BCG Germany

Dr. Braun serves as a Managing Director and Partner for BCG, focusing mostly on applying technology to create business value, with a special interest in (Generative) AI.Previously, Andreas was the regional CTO for Microsoft in Germany and was in addition responsible for the technology solutions business for Data & AI. He supported customers in leveraging and implementing technology to their business advantage.Prior to that, Andreas Braun held various leadership roles as Managing Director/ Geschäftsführer at Accenture, including responsibility for building and running the Data & AI business in Europe. Before that, he built and managed the global Big Data & AI Competence Center of Allianz Group.In addition to (Gen) AI, data and cloud, his work focuses in particular on data privacy, industry-specific use cases and digital business models, especially in FSI. He is internationally active in many areas, e.g. as a consultant for the EU/EC or for the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Skantze
Co-founder & Chief Scientist, Furhat Robotics

Gabriel Skantze is the Chief scientist and co-founder of Furhat Robotics. Gabriel is also a Professor in Speech Technology with a specialization in Conversational Systems at KTH. He is leading several research projects and has published 100+ papers on conversational systems and human-robot interaction.

Alexander Borg
PhD student and MD at Karolinska Institute and Hospital

Alexander is a physician and PhD student within medical pedagogy at the department of medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet. His research aims to investigate the added value of virtual patient simulations using social robotics compared with conventional computer-based platforms, for development of clinical reasoning skills, interprofessional collaboration and communication in health professions education.

Agenda and schedule

4:00 PM Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Welcoming Remarks
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Samer Al Moubayed
A word from Furhat CEO
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Joscha Bach
From Large Language Models to General Artificial Intelligence?
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Tom Williams
Scarecrows in Oz: The use of Large Language Models in HRI
4:50 PM Central European Summer Time (CEST)
5 min
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Andreas Braun
Generative AI and (Large) Foundation Models: Transformation beyond ChatGPT
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Gabriel Skantze
LLMs for Social Robots: Opportunities and Challenges
5:35 PM Central European Summer Time (CEST)
5 min
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Alexander Borg
Virtual Patient Simulations through Artifical Intelligence embedded in Social Robotics
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Baba Brinkman and Furhat
(W)rap up battle of the century!

Get ready to experience the never seen before Robot vs. Man rap battle of the century! Who will win? Place your bets!

6:15 PM Central European Summer Time (CEST)
All times in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

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