[robotics-worldwide] Xperience Summer School (Call for Participation)

Florentin Woergoetter worgott at physik3.gwdg.de
Thu May 23 08:42:32 PDT 2013

Dear Colleagues

please forward this to any interested student.

best wishes

F. Wörgötter and Tamim Asfour




*Xperience Summer School *

www.xperience.org <http://www.xperience.org>

October 2-5, 2013

Cala Millor, Mallorca, Hotel Sentido Castell de Mar



*Aim: *

The European Project Xperience (www.xperience.org) 
<http://www.xperience.org/>is organizing a summer school for 
international students in the field of Cognitive Robotics. The school 
will bring together scholars from Robotics and Cognitive Science in a 
program, which will allow the interested student to learn about the 
cross-links between these fields and discuss topics with leading scientists.



The Xperience Project (www.xperience.org) <http://www.xperience.org/> 
addresses the problem of generative knowledge construction in robotics 
to *rapidly create* *new concepts* and react to unanticipated situations 
using experience. This problem is addressed by structural bootstrapping, 
an idea taken from language acquisition research: knowledge about 
grammar allows a child to infer the meaning of an unknown word from its 
grammatical role together with understood remainder of the sentence. 
Structural bootstrapping generalizes this idea for general cognitive 
learning: if you know the structure of a process the role of unknown 
actions and entities can be inferred from their location and use in the 
process. This approach enables rapid generalization and allow agents to 
communicate effectively.

Xperience aims at the implementation of complete robot systems for 
automating introspective, predictive, and interactive understanding of 
actions and dynamic situations based on structural bootstrapping. 
Xperience evaluates this on state-of-the-art humanoid robots (ARMAR and 
iCub) demonstrating rich interactions with humans.


*Format: *

The school is mainly intended for PhD-Students and young PostDocs. 
Participants will present their work in an interactive poster Session on 
October 4. Selected student papers will be presented orally.


*Topics covered:*

Perception & action, learning, cognitive vision, developmental robotics, 
humanoid robotics, developmental and cognitive psychology, language 
acquisition, and some more (see list of speakers).


*Confirmed speakers:*

Ales Leonardis (University of Birmingham)

Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth)

Antonis Argyros (Institute of Computer Science, FORTH)

Bernhard Hommel (Leiden University)

Bruno Siciliano (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

David Vernon (University of Skövde)

Fiora Pirri (Sapienza University of Rome 

Frank Guerin (University of Aberdeen)

Gordon Cheng (Technische Universität Munich)

Helge Ritter (University of Bielefeld)

Jan Peters (Technische Universität Darmstadt)

Katerina Pastra (CSRI, Athen)

Kerstin Fischer (SudDansk University Odense)

Lourdes Agapito (Queen Mary University of London)

Marc Toussaint (University of Stuttgart)

Mark Lee (Aberystwyth University)

Tom Henderson (University of Utah)

Yiannis Demiris (Imperial College London)


*Apply for participation:*

Places at the summer school are limited. Those who would like to 
participate should submit an application *by July 01, 2013* to 
summerschool at xperience.org <mailto:summerschool at xperience.org>

Your application should be submitted as a single pdf file and should contain

1) your CV,

2) half page statement of motivation and

3) up to four page extended abstract of intended presentation.

Your application will be acknowledged within two business days, and 
notification of acceptance will be made on *July 15th, 2013*. The best 
not-accepted applications will be put on a waiting-list and additional 
students might be accepted 2 weeks later.



*The summer school registration fee is 350.00 Euro due _not later than 2 
weeks after acceptance_. Failing to pay will lead to cancellation at 
this moment.* This fee includes the school itself and accommodation in a 
shared room (2 beds) as well as food. Travel will have to be paid by you.

The fee will be waived for 9 selected students who will present their 
work orally! You will be notified on acceptance whether this holds for you.



The summer school will take place on the island of Mallorca in Spain.

Venue: Cala Millor, Mallorca, Hotel: Castell de Mar



*The Xperience team
*- Rüdiger Dillmann (KIT, Germany, coordinator)
- Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Chris Geib (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Norbert Krüger (Sued Dansk University, Odense, Denmark)
- Ales Ude (Institut Joz(ef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
- Justus Piater (University of Innsbruck)
- Giorgio Metta (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy)
- Guilio Sandini (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy)
- Tamim Asfour (KIT, Germany)
- Florentin Wörgötter (Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany)


Prof. Dr. Florentin Wörgötter
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
Department for Computational Neuroscience
III Physikalisches Institut - Biophysik
Friedrich-Hund Platz 1
37077 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 3910760
FAX:   +49 (0)551 397720

email:   worgott at physik3.gwdg.de


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