[robotics-worldwide] First Announcement: Summer School on Human-Machine Systems, Cyborgs, and Enhancing Devices

Paolo Fiorini paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Thu Mar 8 10:16:57 PST 2012

Summer School on Human-Machine Systems, Cyborgs, and Enhancing Devices
June 14-18, 2012
Iasi, Romania
Deadline March 25, 2012


This is the third summer school offered through co-sponsorship of the Advanced Technologies for 
Enhanced Quality of Life Society (AT-EQUAL) in Iasi, Romania. Previous schools were:
- 2009 International Summer School in Robotics and Intelligent Systems (ISRIS)
- 2010 IEEE-RAS/IFFR School of Robotics Science on Social and Cognitive Robotics (SOCORO)

"Human-Machine Systems, Cyborgs, and Enhancing Devices" is an avant-garde theme; we expect it to be 
the subject of intensive debates, and to generate many novel ideas. We will explore current 
technologies used to advance the condition of man- by the use of robots, of devices, and of 
implants, and we will engage in discussions and brainstorming on future directions of high interest.

As the name suggests there will be three main topics:
* Human-Machine Systems: humans and machines in collaborative relationships
* Enhancing Devices: focusing on a next-gen prosthetics, designed to enhance human capabilities
* Cyborgs: focusing on true hybrids that fuse living tissue and artificial structures.

Each of these topics will be the theme of one day. The other two days will include a school poster 
session and introduction of student interests and research topics, lectures on state of the art in 
Humanoid robotics, Future Robots, Advanced prosthetics, and Ethical and Social Implications. The 
social program includes a tour to N. Moldavia monasteries to allow further development of bonds 
between school students, setting the basis for future collaborations in international projects.

Tentative schedule:
Day 1 Robotics and Advanced Prosthetics: State of the art in robotics, Humanoid robotics, Advanced 
prosthetics, Panel Day 2 Human-Machine Systems: Therapeutic robots, Assistive and caregiving robots, 
Human-computer and human-robot interaction Day 3 Enhancing Devices: Design and fabrication of 
miniature assistive devices, Brain-Machine Interfaces,  Portable devices collecting/processing 
bio-signals,  Exoskeletons, Collective emotional intelligence, Discussion and brainstorming on 
enhancing device for Fun/entertainment/edutainment Day 4 Cyborgs:  Robotic surgery, Tissue 
engineering, cell stems, regenerative medicine,  Implant engineering and control Day 5 Social 
implications: Ethical and Social implication panel, Social Program including visit of Iasi and tour 
to N. Moldavia monasteries

Confirmed Lecturers and Invited Speakers:
Raja Chatila, LLAS-CNRS, France
Sukhan Lee, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
Karsten Berns, U. Kaiserslautern,Germany
Paolo Fiorini, U. Verona, Italy
Kevin Warwick, U. Reading, UK
Joe Ferguson, CognitiveDevices, USA
Adriana Tapus, ENSTA-ParisTech, France
Kenji Suzuki, U. Tsukuba, Japan
Bram Vandergorght, Vrije U. Brussel, Belgium
Luminita Labusca, Univ Hospital Iasi, Romania Daniel David, U. Babes-Bolyai, Cluj, Romania
Adrian Stoica, NASA/JPL, USA

Target audience: PhD-level researchers - those currently pursuing the degree, seriously considering, 
or having completed the PhD and showing interest in the topics of the school.

Applicants should submit, in PDF, two documents of 1 page each: a resume highlighting experience 
relevant to the school, and a description of research interests.

Emails should have the subject: HSS-2012 Application and should be addressed 
toAdrian.stoica at jpl.nasa.gov,paolo.fiorini at univr.it,idorofte at mail.tuiasi.ro

The school will be limited to 40 students. Please submit your application before March 25th. It is 
recommended that you submit early - applications will be reviewed in the order received.

School Directors:
Dr. Adrian Stoica, NASA-JPL, USA
Prof. Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy
Prof. Ioan Doroftei, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania

For further information please visit our homepage:http://www.humascend.info/school.htm

Prof. Paolo Fiorini, PhD
IEEE Fellow
Department of Computer Science, University of Verona
Ca' Vignal 2 - Strada Le Grazie 15,  37134 VERONA - Italy
Ph: +39 045 802 7963 -- Fax: +39 045 802 7068

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