Dr. Chandrakant Bothe

PhD, University of Hamburg
Co-founder & Chief AI Tech Officer, Foviatech GmbH
Email Foviatech: bothe at foviatech.com
Email Personal: bothe.chandrakant at gmail.com

Dr Bothe completed his PhD from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in AI and Robotics from the Computer Science department and earned a masters degree from Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, in Informatics and Robotics. He co-founded Foviatech GmbH that focuses on AI and Aviation, and position there as Chief AI Tech Officer.
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Education

PhD in Computer Science (AI, NLP, Robotics) 2016-2020

University of Hamburg Hamburg, Germany

Thesis: Conversational Language Learning for Human-Robot Interaction
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Wermter

Master in Science (Informatics & Robotics) 2013-2015

Ecole Centrale de Nantes Nantes, France

Thesis: Human-humanoid interaction by verbal dialogues
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Yannick Aoustin and Prof. Dr. Jerome Lehuen

Bachelor in Engineering (Electronics) 2007-2011

Amravati University Amravati, India

Major: Electronics & Tele-communication (Robotics & Automation)
College: Anuradha Engineering College, Chikhli

Grants

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: SECURE Project 2016-2019

Safety Enables Cooperation in Uncertain Robotic Environments (SECURE)
European Training Network "PhD Fellowship": EU Project Grant No. 642667

Erasmus Mundus Action II: India4EU Project 2013-2015

Master Automatique, Robotique et Informatique Appliquée (Master ARIA/EMARO)
Erasmus Mundus "Master Scholarship"

Experience

Foviatech GmbH 2019-present

Co-founder & Chief AI Tech Officer Hamburg, Germany

University of Hamburg 2016 - 2019

Research Associate Hamburg, Germany

SoftBank Robotics Europe Jul-Aug 2018

PhD Internship Paris, France

IRCCyN, Ecole Centrale de Nantes Feb-Aug 2015

Master Internship Nantes, France

Mod Tech Educational Academy, Saraswati Educational Foundation 2012 - 2013

Lecturer in Electronics Department Pune, India

Pankaj Laddhad Institute of Technology & Management Studies 2011 - 2012

Lecturer in Electronics Department Buldhana, India

Publications
  1. Bothe, C., Weber, C., Magg, S., and Wermter, S. (2020). EDA: Enriching Emotional Dialogue Acts using an Ensemble of Neural Annotators Proceedings of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2020).

  2. Bothe, C., and Wermter, S. (2019). Ensemble BiRNNs for Contextual Emotion Detection in Dialogues Proceedings of the 13th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation at NAACL-HLT 2019, pages 261–265.

  3. Bothe, C., Garcia, F., Maya, A. C., Pandey, A. K., and Wermter, S. (2018). Towards Dialogue-based Navigation with Multivariate Adaptation driven by Intention and Politeness for Social Robots. The International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2018), pages 230–240. [Contribution of the one month PhD Internship at Softbank Robotics Europe, Paris]

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  5. Zhou, X., Weber, C., Bothe, C., Wermter, S. (2018). Hybrid Planning Strategy through Learning from Vision for Target-directed Navigation. The International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, pages 304–311 (ICANN 2018).

  6. Bothe, C., Weber, C., Magg, S., and Wermter, S. (2018). Discourse-Wizard: Discovering Deep Discourse Structure in your Conversation with RNNs. arXiv:1806.11420 [cs.CL]

  7. Bothe, C., Weber, C., Magg, S., and Wermter, S. (2018). Conversational Analysis using Utterance-level Attention-based Bidirectional Recurrent Neural Networks. INTERSPEECH 2018.

  8. Bothe, C., Magg, S., Weber, C., and Wermter, S. (2018). Context-based Approach for Dialogue Act Recognition using Simple Recurrent Neural Networks. The Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018).

  9. Bothe, C., Magg, S., Weber, C., and Wermter, S. (2017). Dialogue-based Neural Learning to Estimate Sentiment of Next-upcoming Utterance. The 26th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2017).

  10. Lakomkin, E., Bothe, C., and Wermter, S. (2017). GradAscent at EmoInt-2017: Character- and Word-Level Recurrent Neural Network Models for Tweet Emotion Intensity Detection. The WASSA at Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Conference (EMNLP 2017).

  11. Bothe, C., Lehuen, J., and Aoustin, Y. (2015). Human-Humanoid Interaction by Verbal Dialogues: Nao humanoid robot with dialogue toolkit. [abstract] Journees Nationales de la Recherche Humanoide (JNRH 2015). [Contribution of the Master Internship at IRCCyN, Nantes]

Reviewer
Conferences (LREC, HRI, ICANN, ICSR, etc.) - Click to expand list International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC)
International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN)
International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR)
International PhD Conference on Safe and Social Robotics (SSR)
International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval)
Journals (JAIR, KNOSYS, Applied Sciencs, Processes, etc.) - Click to expand list Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR by AAAI)
Knowledge-Based Systems (KNOSYS by Elsevier)
Applied Sciences (by MDPI)
Processes (by MDPI)
International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems (by Atlantis Press)
Activities
Aug., 2021: Speaker at the Webinar on "An Intellectual talk on Robotics & AI", organized by Shree L R Tiwari College of Engineering, Mumbai on 30th August 2021, held online.
Apr., 2021: Speaker at the Webinar on "Introduction to AI", organized by Anuradha Engineering College, Chikhli on 16th April 2021, held online.
Apr., 2021: Panelist at the International Alumni Meet - Anubandh 2021, organized by Anuradha Engineering College, Chikhli on 4th April 2021, held online.
Jan., 2021: Panelist at French Course Webinar, organized jointly by Jargan Lakecity University (Dr. Rolli Khare) and Online Language Institute (Pankhuri Nangia) on 18th Jan 2021, held online.
2020: Completed PhD in Germany, Defended Thesis, PhD Internship, Published and Presented Work Nov., 2020: Successfully defended my PhD thesis titled ``Conversational Language Learning for Human-Robot Interaction" on 18th Nov 2020 at the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.
May., 2020: Our article EDA: Enriching Emotional Dialogue Acts using an Ensemble of Neural Annotators to be published in the Proceedings of LREC 2020, Marseille, France.
Dec., 2019: Published dataset on emotional dialogue acts with publication contribution EDA: Enriching Emotional Dialogue Acts using an Ensemble of Neural Annotators to be published in the Proceedings of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2020), Marseille, France.
Aug., 2019: Participated and published the partial PhD work titled "Language Learning for Safety during Human-Robot Interaction" at the ICDL-EPIROB 2019 Workshop on Personal Robotics and SECURE Human-Robot Collaboration in Oslo, Norway.
Jun., 2019: Partciated in a challenge EmoContext: Contextual Emotion Detection in Text (Task 3) in SemEval-2019 (International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation) at NAACL-HLT 2019, Minneapolis, USA.
Mar., 2019: Founded and joined Foviatech GmbH as Chief AI Technology Officer, Hamburg, Germany.
Nov., 2018: Presented the published work at the Tenth International Conference on Social Robotics - ICSR 2018, Qingdao, China.
Sept., 2018: Presented the published work at Interspeech 2018, Hyderbad, India.
Oct., 2018: Presented the published work at the 27th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks - ICANN 2018, Rhodes, Greece.
Oct., 2018: Attended the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - IROS 2018, Madrid, Spain.
Sept., 2018: Organizer and participant for the International PhD Conference on Safe and Social Robotics (SSR 2018), Madrid, Spain.
Jul. - Aug., 2018: PhD Internship as a part of the SECURE secondment project at the AI lab of Innovation Department, under the supervision of \href{https://www.amitkpandey.com/}{Dr Amit Kumar Pandey}, Head Principal Scientist (now President and Chief Technology Officier at Hanson Robotics) at SoftBank Robotics, Paris, France.
May, 2018: Presented the published work at the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018) in Miyazaki, Japan.
Mar., 2018: SECURE Workshop on Transferable Skills at IIT, Genoa, Italy.
Sept., 2017: Presented the published work at the 26th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2017) in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy.
Sept., 2017: Participated in a challenge on Emotion Intensity Detection in WASSA at the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-2017) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
May, 2017: Midterm Review Meeting of SECURE Project in Hamburg, Germany.
Feb., 2017: iCub Winter School 2017 (VVV17) in Santa Magherita, Genoa, Italy. % Our team demo won the 2nd Prize Award.
Dec., 2016: SECURE Robot Workshop at IPA, Fraunhoper in Stuttgart, Germany.
Sept., 2016: SECURE Workshop at EPIROB ICDL Conference in Cergy Pontoise, Paris, France.
Mar., 2016: SECURE Workshop - Kick Start Meetup in Hertfordshire, England, UK.
2015: Completed Masters in France, Defended Thesis, Master Internship Aug., 2015: Successfully defended my master thesis titled "Human-Humanoid Interaction by Verbal Dia-logues: Nao humanoid robot with dialogue toolkit" on 26th August 2015 at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France.
Jun., 2015: Presented the published abstract Human-Humanoid Interaction by Verbal Dialogues of master thesis in the conference Journées Nationales de la Robotique Humanoïde (JNRH 2015) held at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes with IRCCyN Lab., Nantes, France.
Sep., 2013: I joined the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France to attend international Masters Program in Robotics, Informatics and Control Engineering for which I flew to Nantes, France, with the tickets provided by Erasmus Mundus, for the first time ever to see flight that closely.
2013: Joining First Job in Teaching, then Dropout from ME as Received Scholarship Offer Sep., 2013: Dropout Master of Engineering (Electronics: VLSI and Embedded Systems) after successful completion of three semesters at Sinhgad School of Engineering via University of Pune.
May 2013: Received an official scholarship offer letter for Erasmus Mundus Action 2 India4EU II Call on 22 May 2013 and I accepted the offer on 25 May 2013 (by the way my birth-date, one of the most honorable gift ever), scholarship to attend Master program in Robotics in France.
Apr., 2013: Passed a six month Intensive Certificate Course in "German" examination held in the month of April 2013 by University of Pune, Pune, India.
Mar., 2013: Attended conference e-PGCON-2013: A Conference on VLSI \& Embedded System held during 20-21 March 2013 at Pravara Rural Engineering College, Loni, Ahmednagar, India.
Mar., 2013: Attended A National Level Workshop on Image Recognition, Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision sponsored by the University of Pune held during 1-5 March 2013 at Sinhgad Academy of Engineering, Pune, India.
Jul., 2012: Joined Saraswati Educational Foundation to give Engg. Coaching as part of Mod Tech Education Academy, for one year during my Master of Engg., so I could make some extra income while studying.
Jun., 2012: Application accepted for Master of Engg. in Electronics: VLSI and Embedded Systems at Sinhgad School of Engineering under University of Pune, India.
Jul., 2011: Joined my first ever job position as a lecturer for one year in EnTC department at PLIT (Pankaj Ladhad Intstitute of Technology), Buldana, India.
2011: Completing Bachelor, and First Robotics Projects Jun., 2011: Completed Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Tele-communication (EnTC) at Anuradha Engg. College, Chikhli with first grade along with an elective subject Robotics and Automation in 7th semester from Amravati University.
Mar., 2011: Coordinated Hertz-2011 National Level Technical Festival held on 14 March 2011 at EnTC Department, Anuradha Engineering College, Chikhli, India.
Mar., 2011: Participated in Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp organized by Entrepreneurship Development Cell, Anuradha Engineering College (AEC) in collaboration with Maharashtra Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Buldana held during 9-11 March 2011 at AEC, Chikhli, India.
Mar., 2011: Presented at eXalt-2011 National Conference on Recent Trends in Information Technology and Technical Symposium on topic Robotics and Computing Advancements held on 5 March 2011 at Jawaharlal Darda Institute of Engineering and Technology, Yavatmal, India.
Mar., 2010: Participated in TechnoBlitz-2010 National Conference on Recent Trends in Soft Computing on Robotics Event held on 7 March 2010 at Shri Shivaji Education Society's College Of Engineering and Technology, Akola, India.
Feb., 2010: Participated in Parjwalan 2010 - National Level Technical Festival in Roborace, Polymocity (Robotask), and Circuit Designing held during 26-27 February 2010 at Government College of Engineering, Amravati, India.
Jan., 2010: Participated in Vidyotan 2010 - A National Level Technical Symposium on Robo-Exuberant (Robotask and Juggernaut) held on 23 January 2010 at Sipna College of Engineering and Technology, Amravati, India.
Mar., 2009: Participated in Converges'09 - A National Level Technical Symposium in Autodromo - RoboRace and RoboTask, and secured second position in RoboTask for competition and robot arm design, held during 6-7 March 2009 at R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, Dhule, India.
Feb., 2009: Participated in Pursuit'09 - Inspring Innovation in Havoc-Crusade (Robot race), Havoc-Automania (Robot task, our first robot arm design project), and Circuitous (Circuit Design Competition: in which we secured second place) held during 21-22 February 2009 at Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Shegaon, India.
Jul., 2007: Admission to Anuradha Engineering College, Chikhli for Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Tele-communication.
Until 2007: Schooling, First Computer Interaction, and Higher Schooling May 2007: Passed the Maharastra Common Entrance Test making eligible to apply for the admission in engineering colleges after completing crash course for exam in Yavatmal.
Feb., 2007: Completed my higher schooling from Zilha Parishad (Z.P. - District Council) Junior College of Science, Mangrulpir, District Washim (MS), all studies were in English for 11th and 12th standard and passed the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination with first grade. Subjects include Maths and Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and two languages: English and Marathi.
Jul., 2005: Successfully completed the course and passed the exam of Maharashtra State Certificate in Information Technology (MS-CIT) in July 2005 (in summer vacation after schooling), first time ever to see and learn about computer, conducted by MKCL and MS Board of Technical Education, Mumbai.
Mar., 2005: Completed my schooling from Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Vidyalaya, Gogri, District Washim (MS), all studies were in Marathi medium till 10th standard and passed the Secondary School Certificate Examination with first grade. Subjects include Maths, Science, Social Sciences, and three languages: Marathi, Hindi and English, other secondary subjects and activities include health and physical education, sports, social service, value education, general knowledge, and my favourite gardening and cultivation of flower plants. By the way, during this time we used to have a village-attached quarter-acre land where we (my family) cultivated many flowers, vegetables and fruits, we barely had to buy vegetables for that regard.
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