Swiss Alumni Meetup

This event provides a unique opportunity to renew and foster the relations with the Swiss academic institutions, creating a relevant international network of contacts.

Event Details


Hotel Renaissance, Sala Yukon Alameda Santos, 2233, Jardins 01419-002 – São Paulo – SP


April 28, 2015 10:30 pm



The Swiss Alumni meetup organized by swissnex Brazil supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in São Paulo and Swisscam is a first event dedicated to alumni from Swiss universities living in Brazil. This event provides a unique opportunity to renew and foster the relations with the Swiss academic institutions, creating a relevant international network of contacts.

For the first Swiss Alumni meetup in Brazil, swissnex Brazil has the honor to invite Claudio Leoncavallo, Consul General of Switzerland in São Paulo and Professor Rolf Pfeifer; a world-renowned scientist specialized in Robotic and Artificial Intelligence and board member of AI technology of Zurich, Switzerland.

Professor Rolf Pfeifer will give an interactive lecture on:

A Scientist´s Odyssey in a Globally Connected Society: On Robots, Embodiment and Academic Life.

To provide Swiss Alumni with the opportunity to develop contacts and partnership a cocktail reception will take place after the lecture.

Chapters of different Swiss academic institutions are collaborating with swissnex Brazil to realize this event and contribute to maintain contact between the different Alumni here in Brazil:

–       EHL – Lausanne Hotel School

–       IMD – International Institute of Management Development

–       UNIGE – University of Geneva

–       ETH – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich

–       FHNW – University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

–       HSG – University of St. Gallen


Rolf Pfeifer :

Rolf Pfeifer received his master’s degree in physics and mathematics and his Ph.D. in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. He spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie-Mellon University and at Yale University in the US. Since 1987 he has been a professor of computer science at the Department of Informatics, University of Zurich, and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

He worked as a visiting professor and research fellow at the Free University of Brussels, the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., the Neurosciences Institute (NSI) in San Diego, the Beijing Open Laboratory for Cognitive Science, the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris, and was elected “21st Century COE Professor, Information Science and Technology” at the University of Tokyo. He was also a visiting professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, and he was appointed “Fellow of the School of Engineering” at the University of Tokyo in 2009.

Currently, he is the Deputy Director of the NCCR Robotics, the “National Competence Center for Research in Robotics” in Switzerland, and a member of the FET flagship pilot “Robot Companion for Citizens” integration team. His research interests are in the areas of embodiment, biorobotics, “soft robotics”, artificial evolution and morphogenesis, modular robotics, self-assembly, and educational technology.

He is the author of the books “Understanding Intelligence”, MIT Press, 1999 (with C. Scheier), “How the body shapes the way we think: a new view of intelligence,” 2007 (with Josh Bongard) MIT Press (popular science style; translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic), “Designing intelligence – why brains aren’t enough” (short version – with Josh Bongard and Don Berry, e-book), and “La révolution de l’intelligence encorporée” (with Alexandre Pitti – in French), and he has over 200 scientific publications.

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Swiss Alumni Meetup: first-ever in Brazil.

O Swiss Alumni Meetup se apresenta como uma única ocasião para renovar e aprofundar as relações com as instituições acadêmicas Suíças, criando um network de contatos relevantes no Brasil que tem um ponto em comum: estudo na Suíça.

O Swiss Alumni Meetup contará com a presença do Cônsul-Geral da Suíça em São Paulo, Claudio Leoncavallo, e do professor Rolf Pfeifer, pesquisador global em Robótica e Inteligência Artificial, board member do AI technology, de Zurique, na Suíça.

O Professor Rolf Pfeifer apresentará a palestra :

A scientist´s odissey in a globally networked society: on robots, embodiment and Academic Life.

(A conferência será em inglês sem tradução)

O evento será seguido de um coquetel.

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