[robotics-worldwide] 4th IEEE-RAS/IFRR School of Robotics Science on Learning - First Announcement

reggiani at metropolis.sci.univr.it reggiani at metropolis.sci.univr.it
Fri May 11 09:09:28 PDT 2007


[with apologies for multiple copies]

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FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

4th IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and
International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR)
SCHOOL OF ROBOTICS SCIENCE ON LEARNING

September 24-28, 2007, Lazise, Garda Lake, Italy

http://metropolis.sci.univr.it/summerschool07

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BACKGROUND

The development of robust and intelligent service robots requires very advanced
capabilities, especially from a cognitive point of view. Even in simple
applications, a service robot needs to understand complex and dynamic
situations, for which no pre-programmed function can be fully satisfactory.
Thus a robot must continuously adapt to its changing world and develop ways to
address, and possibly carry out, instances of  problems for which it has not
been instructed in advance. For these reasons, learning new skills, new
settings and new ways to carry out a given task is one of the prerequisite of
future service robots.

GOALS

The 4th IEEE-RAS/IFRR school, also open to participants from industry, aims at
exploring various learning paradigms and their applications in robotics systems
and, in particular, will pursue the ambitious objective of comparing their
performance in a given situation.

LECTURES

Lectures will address learning methods, including:
-    learning classification and regression trees
-    rule-learning
-    neural networks
-    reinforcement learning
-    autonomous discovery
-    skill learning
The laboratory part of the school, will be organized so that students will be
able to use the learning tools available on common laboratory robot platforms
and data sets for machine learning.


PUBLIC COLLOQUIUM

A workshop will be held on the first day to summarize the state of the art in
robotic learning and its main applications.

APPLICATION

PhD students and postdocs are encouraged to apply. Attendance is limited to 40
students only. Details regarding cost of tuition and participation in the
school will follow. In order to be considered for participation, students are
required to submit an application (in pdf) containing the following
information:
Name and contact details, curriculum vitae, one page description of relevant
current research project(s), motivation for participation, and a letter/email
of recommendation from their supervisor.
Application for participation must be sent to both the organizers by electronic
mail  (paolo.fiorini at univr.it and erwin.prassler at fh-brs.de) no later than July
1, 2007.

SUMMER SCHOOL CHAIRS

Organization and Coordination:
* Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy
* Erwin Prassler, University of Applied Science Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany
Scientific Advisors:
* Ivan Bratko, University of Ljuljana
* Ruediger Dillmann (Universiteat Karlsruhe, Germany)


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For all the latest information (including registration, accommodation, academic
and social programme, and student sponsorship) please visit the school web
site:
http://metropolis.sci.univr.it/summerschool07


We look forward to seeing you at the summer school!




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