Allowing mobile devices to navigate and understand the world we live in – Simon Lynen | TEDxZurich

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We find ourselves astonished by the rapid development of mobile phones. Yet for those of us thirsty for revolution the rate of change has recently seemed to slow down, with novelties merely iterating over processor speed, display size and camera resolution. While today every one of us carries a small ‘supercomputer’ in their pocket, which we talk and listen to, we still haven’t been able to teach our devices one of our most basic principles: human-scale understanding of space and motion. As a result, the understanding of the world around us ends at the boundaries of the screen.

Simon is currently pursuing his PhD at ETH Zurich. His research is focused on visual navigation and localization algorithms which are used in robotics, mobile devices and autonomous cars. This technology is being used in projects such as the smartphone navigation of Google’s ‘Project Tango’ and autonomous valet parking in the European research project V-Charge. Simon is a full time employee at Google.

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Sarah Ebling

          Sarah Ebling holds a professorship in Accessibility Studies at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and is a senior researcher at the University of Zurich. Her research focuses on natural language processing in the context of disabilities and special needs, specifically, sign language technology and automatic text simplification. Her groups’ contributions involve artificial intelligence techniques with a strong emphasis on user involvement. She is involved in various international and national projects and leads a large-scale Swiss innovation initiative entitled „Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies“ (2022-2026;