Dies TU Delft: Our future with robots

met Karel Luiben, Robert Babuska, Sebastian Thrun

The celebration of the 174th Dies Natalis of the TU Delft

Our lives are filled with machines and technology. With robots too, though mostly unobtrusively in the background. Continual progress in computer power, sensor technology, machine learning and related fields, means that robots are now entering our daily lives and interact with us at many levels – presenting us with a whole new set of research and design challenges. On the occasion of this year’s TU Delft foundation day celebrations, we will be imagining our future with robots and discussing how our research is helping to shape this.

Programme 15:00 – 17:00

  • Opening ‘Building a university from scratch’
    by professor Karel Luyben, Rector Magnificus
  • Foundation Day Lecture ‘Our Future with Robots’
    by professor Robert Babuska, Intelligent Control & Robotics,
    Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
  • Musical Interlude
  • Reflection on the seminar
    by the honorary promotor and a short introduction of the honorary doctor
  • Lecture
    by professor Sebastian Thrun, Computer Science Department, Stanford University, USA
  • Honorary doctorate for professor Sebastian Thrun
    Honorary promotor
    Professor Martijn Wisse, Biorobotics at the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
  • Closing by Rector Magnificus


The celebration will take place at the TU Delft Aula Conference Centre. The event will be held in English.