Stoica, Adrian (3475) adrian.stoica at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Jun 4 14:43:37 PDT 2010

IEEE/RAS scholarships available to support qualified candidates for:

Technical University of Iasi, Iasi ROMANIA
12-17 July 2010

Lectures will be given by the following Professors: Paolo Fiorini (Italy), Rachid Alami (France), Anna Esposito (Italy)
Dirk Lefeber (Belgium), Karsten Berns (Germany), Javier Mingues (Spain), Mohamed Chetouani (France), Mustafa Erden (France), Geert De Cubber (Belgium), Daniel David (Romania and USA), Adrian Stoica (USA).

The school is one of several events during the Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Quality of Life (AT-EQUAL) 2010 series, and includes a common panel and a joint plenary session featuring world-known experts including  Professors:   Oussama Khatib (Human-centered robotics, Stanford U.),  Julian Savulescu (Medical Ethics, Oxford), Charles Kessler (Health/Stem cell, European Commission),Brendon Noble (Regenerative Medicine, Edinburgh), Rudiger Dillman (Anthropomatics, Karlsruhe), Thomas Webster (Nanotechnology/implants, Brown), etc.

Deadline for applications: 20 June 2010

This is the fifth summer school offered through co-sponsorship by the IEEE
 Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and the International Foundation of
 Robotics Research (IFRR) . The aim of the event is to provide high quality
 of education in a chosen theme. This occurs through interaction with
 internationally distinguished researchers in an informal classroom
 setting as well as through joint student exercises, and hands-on
 experiments. The goal is not only to acquire scientific knowledge but
 also to interact closely with prominent instructors, and to meet leading
 researchers in the field.

The theme for this year's summer school is "Social and Cognitive Robotics"
and will be held in Iasi, Romania, between July 12-17, 2010.  The recent
trend toward developing a new generation of robots capable of operating
in human-centered environments, interacting with people, and participating
in and assisting our daily lives has introduced the need for robotic
systems capable of learning to use their embodiment to communicate and to
react to their users in a social and engaging way. Thus, social robots that
interact with humans have become an important focus of robotics research.
In the past few years a great deal of research has been directed toward
creating socially intelligent robots capable of exhibiting natural-appearing
social and cognitive qualities.

It is expected that the school will host 40 Ph.D students / Post-doctoral
students from across the world. While the School is operated on the basis
of tuition, a significant number of scholarships are made available by the
sponsors. The School organization primarily benefits from the generous
contribution of the lecturers' volunteering time.

For registration and scholarship information see the SOCORO  website,

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