[robotics-worldwide] RLSS09: Robot Learning Summer School

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Fri Feb 27 01:52:30 PST 2009


Call for Participation

Robot Learning Summer School

Dates: Mon 20 to Fri 24 July, 2009
Venue: Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal



During the last years learning robots have increasingly received more  
attention by the robotics community. There is an increasing interest  
in machine learning and statistics within the robotics community. At  
the same time, there has been a growth in the learning community in  
using robots as motivating applications for new algorithms and  
formalisms. Considerable evidence of this exists in the use of  
learning in high-profile competitions such as RoboCup and the DARPA  
Challenges, and the growing number of research programs funded by  
governments around the world. Additionally, the volume of research is  
increasing, as shown by the number of learning papers accepted to IROS  
and ICRA, and the corresponding number of learning sessions.

This school is mainly designed for PhD students in learning robots who  
want to acquire a good understanding of current research and open  
challenges. At the same time, it may serve as a good introduction to  
those people with a different background who want to introduce  
themselves to this area. The school will allow the participants to get  
in touch with international experts in this field. More long term  
results will include exchange of students, joint publications and  
potential joint projects.

The summer school will be held at the Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST)  
in Lisbon, Portugal. IST has a long history in robotics research,  
machine learning and computer vision and is currently involved in  
several research projects in these areas. This Summer School is  
organized by Institute for Systems and Robotics in cooperation with  
the IEEE Technical Committee in Learning Robots and support from  
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.


The topics include:

    * Reinforcement learning in robots,
    * Planning with uncertainty,
    * Mobile robot learning and mapping
    * Machine learning for regression and classification
    * Relational learning,
    * Cognitive robots: learning robots as a link to neuroscience.

See the webpage for further details:

Program committee

    * Jan Peters, Max Planck Institute
    * Nick Roy, MIT
    * Russ Tedrake, MIT
    * Jun Morimoto, ATR
    * Jose Santos-Victor, IST
    * Manuel Lopes, IST
    * Luis Montesano, IST


    * Manuel Lopes, IST
    * Luis Montesano, IST


The school will be open to about 40 qualified, motivated and pre- 
selected candidates. The school is open to PhD. students, post-docs  
and researchers (both academic and industrial).

To apply, PhD students should submit: a CV, a one page abstract  
describing their thesis topic and a poster submission.


School fees are: 300 euros for Phd students and 400 euros for others.

Depending on sponsoring a limited number of travel grants will be  
available, check the web site.

The expected daily lodging cost are: 40 euros for a double room in a  
standard hotel or about 80 euros single in a 4 star hotel.

The fee include, all courses, handling material, coffee breaks,  
welcome cocktail, WiFi Internet Connection, social events.

The application at RLSS09 should be submitted before 21 April 2009.  
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by 30 April 2009.

Manuel Lopes
ISR/IST - Torre Norte, 7º - Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa. Portugal
Tel. (+351)218418299, Fax. (+351)218418291, Web: www.isr.ist.utl.pt/~macl

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