The mission of the ELLIS unit Freiburg is to act as one of the best places in Europe to work in the field of ​robot learning and to foster European collaborations in the intersection of robotics, computer vision and machine learning. The unit has a unique set of outstanding robotics researchers, accompanied by ELLIS fellows in the areas of computer vision and machine learning, and close connections to the industry (Toyota, Amazon, and Bosch). The unit will facilitate collaborations on the intersection of these fields within the ELLIS network, building on highly successful interactions between the respective groups within Freiburg itself. With the recent convergence of much of computer vision, robotics and machine learning under the common theme of deep learning, there are great opportunities for exploiting synergies between these fields.

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