Short Biography

Since 2019. Group Leader. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Germany.

2011-2018. Group Leader. Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of Göttingen, Germany.

2011. PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.

2005-2011. Graduate Research Position. Spanish Research Council.

2008. Eng. Degree in Electronic Engineering. Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.

2003-2005. Graduate Research Grant. Spanish Research Council.

2004. Dipl. in Informatics. Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.

2002-2003. Graduate Research Grant. Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.

2001-2002. Head of Department and Deputy Director. Health Care Ministry of Salta, Argentina.

2000-2001. Private Consultant to the Health Minister. Health Care Ministry of Salta, Argentina.

1999. Eng. Degree in Bioengineering. National University of Entre Rios, Argentina.

Research Interests

My field of research covers robotic cognitive architectures, task planning, human-robot interaction, function approximation in reinforcement learning, and artificial intelligence for prediction and decision-making in precision agriculture. My current research is focused on probabilistic task planning and symbol grounding for robotic cognitive architectures.

Publications

Journal Articles

Lüddecke, T., Agostini, A., Fauth, M., Tamosiunaite, M., Wörgötter, F. (2019). Distributional Semantics of Objects in Visual Scenes in Comparison to Text. Artificial Intelligence (in press). DOI:10.1016/j.artint.2018.12.009. Elsevier.

Freudenberg, M., Nölke, N., Agostini, A., Urban, K., Wörgötter, F., Kleinn, C. (2019). Large Scale Palm Tree Detection in High Resolution Satellite Images using U-Net. Remote Sensing, 11(3), 312. DOI: 10.3390/rs11030312. MDPI.

Agostini, A., Torras, C., Wörgötter, F. (2017). Efficient Interactive Decision-making Framework for Robotic Applications. Artificial Intelligence, 247:187–212. DOI: 10.1016/j.artint.2015.04.004. Elsevier.

Agostini, A., Celaya, E. (2017). Online Reinforcement Learning Using a Probability Density Estimation. Neural Computation, 220-246, 29, 1. DOI: 10.1162/NECO_a_00906. MIT Press.

Agostini, A., Alenya, G., Fischbach, A., Scharr, H., Wörgötter, F., and Torras, C. (2017). A Cognitive Architecture for Automatic Gardening. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 69--79, 138. DOI: 10.1016/j.compag.2017.04.015. Elsevier.

Celaya, E., Agostini, A. (2015). Online EM with Weight-Based Forgetting. Neural Computation, 1142 - 1157, 27, 5. DOI: 10.1162/NECO_a_00723. MIT Press.

Agostini, A., Torras, C., Wörgötter, F. (2014). Learning Weakly Correlated Cause-effects for Gardening with a Cognitive System. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 178--194, 36. DOI: 10.1016/j.engappai.2014.07.017. Elsevier.

Krüger, N., Piater, J., Geib, C., Petrick, R., Steedman, M., Wörgötter, F., Ude, A., Asfour, T., Kraft, D., Omrcen, O., Agostini, A., and Dillmann, R. (2011). Object-Action Complexes: Grounded Abstractions of Sensorimotor Processes. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 740 - 757, 59, 10. DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2011.05.009. Elsevier.

Wörgötter, F., Agostini, A., Krüger, N., Shylo, N., Porr, B. (2009). Cognitive Agents - A Procedural Perspective relying on the Predictability of Object-Action-Complexes. Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Volume 57, Issue 4. pp. 420-432. DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2008.06.011. Elsevier.

Refereed Conference Papers

Agostini, A., Wörgötter, F. (2018). Automatic Control of the Growth of Plants using Artificial Intelligence and Internet Technology. European Conference on Precision Agriculture (accepted).

Mustafa, W., Waechter, M., Szedmak, S., Agostini, A., Kraft, D., Asfour, T., Piater, J., Wörgötter, F., and Krüger, N. (2016). Affordance Estimation for Vision-Based Object Replacement on a Humanoid Robot. Proceedings of 47st Int. Symposium on Robotics (ISR), pp. 164-172.

Agostini, A., Aein, M.J., Szedmak, S., Aksoy, E.E., Piater, J., Wörgötter, F. (2015). Using Structural Bootstrapping for Object Substitution in Robotic Executions of Human-like Manipulation Tasks. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 6479-6486. DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2015.7354303. IEEE.

Quack, B., Wörgötter, F., Agostini, A. (2015). Simultaneously Learning at Different Levels of Abstraction. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 4600-4607. DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2015.7354032. IEEE.

Agostini, A., Torras, C., Wörgötter, F. (2011). Integrating Task Planning and Interactive Learning for Robots to Work in Human Environments. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), pp. 2386-2391. AAAI Press.

Agostini, A. and Celaya, E. (2011). A Competitive Strategy for Function Approximation in Reinforcement Learning. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), pp. 1146-1151. AAAI Press.

Agostini, A. and Celaya, E. (2010). Reinforcement Learning for Robot Control Using Probability Density Estimations. Proc. of the 7th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), pp. 160-168.

Agostini, A. and Celaya, E. (2010). Reinforcement Learning with a Gaussian Mixture Model. International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), pp. 3485-3492. DOI: 10.1109/IJCNN.2010.5596306. IEEE.

Agostini, A. and Celaya, E. (2009). Exploiting Domain Symmetries in Reinforcement Learning with Continuous State and Action Spaces. Int. Conf. on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), pp. 331-336. IEEE.

Agostini, A. and Celaya, E. and Torras, C. and Wörgötter, F. (2008). Action Rule Induction from Cause-Effect Pairs Learned through Robot-Teacher Interaction. International Conference on Cognitive Systems (COGSYS), pp. 213-218.

Agostini, A. and Celaya, E. (2005). Feasible Control of Complex Systems using Automatic Learning. Proc. of the 2nd International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), pp. 284-287.

Agostini, A. and Celaya, E. (2004). Learning Model-Free Motor Control. Proc. of the 16th European Conference on Artificial intelligence (ECAI), pp. 947-948.

Agostini, A. and Celaya, E. (2004). Trajectory Tracking Control of a Rotational Joint using Feature-Based Categorization Learning. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 3489-3494. IEEE.

Agostini, A. and Celaya, E. (2004). Learning in Complex Environments with Feature-Based Categorization. In Proc. of the 8th Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS), pp. 446-455. Rollon, E., Isern, D.,

Agostini, A., Cortes, U. (2003). Towards the distributed management of emergencies: forest fires case study. Workshop on Environmental Decision Support Systems. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), pp. 77--82. AAAI press.

Agostini, A. (2002). Multiagent System for an Intelligent Domiciliary Monitoring of Patients with Cardiovascular Pathologies (in Spanish). Open Discussion Track. Proceedings of the VIII Iberoamerican Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IBERAMIA), pp. 205--210.

Agostini, A. and Barreiro, J. (2001). New Hospital El Milagro: Model for the Private Management in the Public Health. In proceedings of the VII Jornadas Internacionales de Ingeniería y Mantenimiento Hospitalario. FIUNER.

Agostini, A., Gamero, L., and Rumi, P. (2000). Clinical Application of the Matlab Toolbox VFCLab for the Analysis of the Heart Rate Variability (in Spanish). In Proc. of the XVII Brazilian Conference in Biomedical Engineering (CBEB).

Agostini, A., Gamero, L., and Rumi, P. (1999). VFCLab: Matlab Toolbox for the Analysis of the Heart Rate Variability (in Spanish). In Proc. of the XII Argentinean Conference of Bioengineering (SABI). 

Theses

Agostini, A. (2011). Q-Learning with a Degenerate Function Approximation. Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain. PhD Thesis.

Agostini, A. (1999). Mathematical Analysis of the Heart Rate Variability and Its Clinical Implications (in Spanish). National University of Entre Ríos. Eng. Degree Thesis.