[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CITEC Summer School 2017 on Cognitive Architectures

Helge Ritter helge at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
Fri May 5 06:44:42 PDT 2017

*CITEC Summer School 2017 on Cognitive Architectures*
CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany, September 4th-8th, 2017

*Aims and Scope:* This summer school will bring together internationally 
renowned senior experts and young researchers from computer and 
cognitive sciences, robotics, biomechanics, interaction design, and 
philosophy to present, discuss and explore recent advances to cognitive 
architectures. Focusing on the perspectives of modularity, adaptivity, 
interaction, shared autonomy and inter-subjectivity the five-day 
programme is organized around keynote talks by senior experts and 
hands-on workshops on instances of hypothesis-driven system building.

Participants will learn to build state-of-the-art cognitive 
architecturesusing robotic platforms available at the CITEC labs such as 
Amiro, iCub, SoftBank’s Pepper robot, or a bi-manual manipulator setup 
with anthropomorphic hands. Beyond the courses and the talks of the 
invited speakers, the attendance will provide ample opportunities for 
discussions, exchange of ideas, and for learning more about CITEC.

*Invited Guests: *International guests will introduce participants to 
their approaches and recent cutting-edge work on cognitive 
architectures: Prof. Dr.-Ing. *Tamim Asfour* - Karlsruhe Institute of 
Technology, Prof. Dr. *Michael Beetz* - University Bremen, both are 
located in Germany, Prof. Dr. *Angelo Cangelosi* - Plymouth University 
and Prof. Dr. *Yiannis Demiris* - Imperial College of Science, 
Technology and Medicine London, both in the UK, and Dr. *Lorenzo Natale* 
and Prof. Dr. *Giulio Sandini *both from Italian Institute of Technology 
Genova, Italy.

*Format:* Each day will start with presentations by the invited speakers 
to ignite discussions on leading questions and offer viewpoints on 
modularity, adaptivity, interaction, shared autonomy and 
inter-subjectivity in the context of cognitive architectures for 
intelligent robots. In the afternoon, participants will work in parallel 
workshops on four robotic platforms to gain practical experience with 
implementations of focused experiments with connection to the topics 
discussed in the morning sessions. This work will be aided by 
accompanying in-depth tutorials. On the final day, an informal 
demonstration event will give each workshop group the opportunity to 
present their results to the other participants.

*Background:* This summer school continues a series of CITEC Summer 
Schools started in 2010 and covering the topics of /The Structure of 
Cognitive Motion: From Analysis to Synthesis/ (2010), /Mechanisms of 
Attention - From Experimental Studies to Technical Systems/ (2011), 
/Verbal and Non-verbal Interaction: From Experiments to Implementation/ 
(2012), /Continuous Learning in Living and Artificial Systems/ (2013), 
and /Adaptive Systems/ (2016) so far.

*Application and deadline:* To apply, pleasevisit 
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.cit-2Dec.de_summersc&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=plQOPMKLrFLMvK4BtmxFoiZ7H9kWNAAE6BArXn82Vug&s=eeunJ7fuXRMSFhZ2nWSJgs-KVQFC7ZZnYgs1bqM1zHk&e= > and submit a CV and a brief letter of 
motivation no later than 12th of June, 2017. You are asked to choose one 
out of the above mentioned four robot platforms. Applicants will be 
notified after the selection process.

*Contact Information*: For any questions, please contact the organizers 
team via Claudia Muhl:_summerschool at cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de_ 
<mailto:summerschool at cit-ec.uni>

*Program Committee:*
Prof. Dr. *Helge Ritter* – Neuroinformatics, Bielefeld University
Prof. Dr.-Ing. *Ulrich Rückert* – Cognitronics and Sensor Systems, 
Bielefeld University
Prof. Dr. *Thomas Schack* – Neurocognition and Action – Biomechanics, 
Bielefeld University
Dr.-Ing. Sebastian *Wrede* – Cognitive Systems Engineering, CoR-Lab, 
Bielefeld University

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