[robotics-worldwide] CITEC Summer School 2011, Mechanisms of Attention - Call for Participation

Claudia Muhl cmuhl at cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de
Thu Jun 16 05:11:05 PDT 2011

*CITEC Summer School 2011
Mechanisms of Attention - From Experimental Studies to Technical Systems*

CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany, October 3rd-8th, 2011
Perception and action in biological and technical systems are intimately 
coupled by a wealth of attentive mechanisms. These mechanisms operate at 
different stages of cognition, allowing salient information to be 
flexibly extracted and readily used. How does attention contribute to 
understanding of scenes, language processing, social interaction, and 
motor control?

To gain insights in these topics, the Graduate School in "Cognitive 
Interaction Technology" invites top PhD students to apply for the 2011 
Summer School entitled "Mechanisms of attention - From experimental 
studies to technical systems". It will take place from 3rd (day of 
arrival) to 8th of October 2011 at Bielefeld University.

The vision of CITEC is to create interactive tools that can be operated 
easily and intuitively - to fit future technology more seamlessly into 
daily human life. In order to accomplish this, such technology needs to 
be endowed with cognitive capabilities, and so part of CITEC's mission 
is the study of the fundamental architectural principles of cognitive 
interaction. We believe this goal can only be realized through intense 
interdisciplinary cooperation. The proposed summer school series aims to 
bring together researchers from a wide range of fields for discussion 
and exchange of ideas.

The CITEC summer school will comprise small-group workshops on practical,
experimental and theoretical topics, plenary lectures held by the 
invited speakers, as
well as discussion groups, evening lectures and an activities 
program. For the afternoon
courses, you may select one from the following four streams:
1. Mechanisms Of Active Exploration And Multisensory Integration;
2. Attentional Mechanisms In Language Processing And Communication: From 
Humans To Virtual Agents;
3. Structuring And Coordinating Attention;
4. Motion And Attention.

Guest speakers:
Ehud Ahissar -- Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovt
Dana Ballard -- University of Texas at Austin
Gustavo Deco -- University Pompeu Fabra
Mary Hayhoe -- University of Texas at Austin
Gordon Logan -- Vanderbilt University
John Tsotsos -- York University
Mark Williams -- John Moores University Liverpool

We hope to offer a rich curriculum, which will promote discussion across 
the boundaries of different branches of science.

Please find details for the online application here:
Deadline for applications is the 14th August 2011 *

For more information, please visit: http://www.cit-ec.de/summerschool/

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack - Head of Graduate School Cognitive Interaction 
Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics Group

Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter - Coordinator of the Centre of Excellence CITEC,
Neuroinformatics Group

Claudia Muhl - Graduate School Manager

Claudia Muhl
Graduate School Manager
Cognitive Interaction Technology
Center of Excellence - (CITEC)
Bielefeld University, Germany

web: http://www.cit-ec.de
email: cmuhl at cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de
phone: +49 521-106-65 66
fax: +49 521-106-65 60

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