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The ShanghAI Lectures 2014

As a high quality educational, networking and dissemination activity in the field of embodied cognition and cognitive systems the ShanghAI Lectures provide a powerful dissemination tool of the ideas and results of the cognitive systems community.

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Neural Dynamics Approach to Cognitive Robotics: A Hands-on Summer School

Neural dynamics is one route along which a link between natural and artificial embodied cognition can be established. The neural grounding of this language makes it attractive to psychologists and neuroscientists, while its macroscopic nature, capacity to deal with sensor and effectors, and capacity to realize larger architectures makes is attractive to the cognitive scientist. Cognitive robotics based on neural dynamics may play a dual role, that of a reality check on neuronal accounts of natural embodied cognition, but also that of a serious proposal for how artificial embodied cognitive systems can be built.

The school thus addresses core issues of cognitive systems research and bridges cognitive systems to robotics and cognitive science.

Event dates: 25 – 30 May 2014

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IRSS-2014: International Research-Centered Summer School in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Robotics

The Summer School has an innovative format: it is Research-Centred, with a strong focus on mini-projects of month-long duration, carried out by multiple teams of 3-4 students including a mix of academic levels (Postdoc, PhD, undergraduates). Selected seminars and lectures will also take place; but not exceeding two hours per day. Exciting cultural events and excursions will take place during the weekends. The outcome of the summer school includes both numerous scientific publications, as well as longer-term collaborations.

Event dates: 3 – 30 July 2014

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Interdisciplinary College 2014: Cognition 3.0 -- the social mind in the connected world (Spring School)

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavors to intensify dialog and connectedness between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly from European countries, lecturers from all over the world. Courses include up-to-date introductions to the main fields of the IK, as well as an in-depth treatment of a focus topic, which is changing from year to year.

Event dates: 14 – 21 March 2014

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International Summer School on Agent-based Computational Models of Creativity

The International Summer School on Agent-based Computational Models of Creativity is an intense one-week summer school that centers on agent-based models of creativity, focusing on the domains of music and language. The school contains background lectures that introduce concepts from biology, anthropology, psychology, music theory and linguistics, as well as technical lectures on the fundamental computational components required for language processing and technical ateliers to learn how to set up evolutionary linguistics experiments. It is aimed at students and postgraduates who want to gain confidence in solving computational issues in state-of-the-art cognitive systems, and learn how to set up evolutionary linguistics experiments with autonomous embodied agents. Each technical atelier will be tightly focused on a particular topic, ranging from computational construction grammar to embodied cognitive semantics on robots.

Event dates: 15 – 20 September 2013 in Cortona (Italy)

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Neural Dynamics Approach to Cognitive Robotics - A Hands-on Summer School

The embodiment stance postulates that cognition cannot be understood as long as the links between cognitive processes and the sensory and motor surfaces are left unexamined. An understanding of cognition must also reflect that cognition takes place in organisms or agents who are situated in structured environments to which their bodies and nervous systems are specifically adapted.

Creating robotic demonstrations of cognitive process models is a powerful way to establish that principles of embodiment are addressed. In fact, the links to sensory and motor surfaces and immersion in the environment are difficult to probe without real-world robotic implementations.

Event dates: 9 – 14 September 2013

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International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction

The International Summer School on Human-Robot Interaction is a 5 day event for young researchers offering a range of talks, lectures, tutorials and ateliers on the scientific and technical aspects of social Human-Robot Interaction. Tutorials will introduce techniques and technologies, such as software architectures, hardware platforms or experimental techniques. Finally, ateliers give the participants the opportunity to engage with hands-on activities, such as designing solutions or implementing prototypes.

Event dates: 26-30 August 2013, Cambridge, UK

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The 9th International Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces - eNTERFACE'13

The eNTERFACE workshops aim at establishing a tradition of collaborative, localized research and development work by gathering, in a single place, a team of leading professionals in multimodal human-machine interfaces together with students (both graduate and undergraduate), to work on a prespecified list of challenges, for 4 complete weeks. In this respect, it is an innovative and intensive collaboration scheme, designed to allow researchers to integrate their software tools, deploy demonstrators, collect novel databases, and work side by side with a great number of experts. It brings together 80 researchers for a whole month, subsequently it is the largest workshop on multimodal interfaces.

Event dates: July 15 - August 9, 2013

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Bilingual minds, bilingual machines

The purpose of this summer school is to bring together computer scientists designing automated translators and language recognition systems, and psychologists investigating early and late bilingualism, modelling the bilingual mental lexicon, from semantics to phonology. The school would be a unique opportunity for computer scientists and psychologists and to engage over common issues. How can we model bilingual processing? How are two phonologies represented? How is meaning related from word forms? How far can meanings be shared between languages in the human mind and in machines?

Event dates: 24 - 30 June, 2013

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Interdisciplinary College 2013: Wicked Problems, Complexity and Wisdom

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavours to intensify dialog and connectedness between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly from European countries, lecturers from all over the world. Courses include up-to-date introductions to the main fields of the IK, as well as an in-depth treatment of a focus topic, which is changing from year to year.

Event dates: 15 - 22 March, 2013

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Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summer School 2012

BCBT is an annual international summer school that promotes a shared systems-level understanding of the functional architecture of the brain and its possible emulation in artificial systems. BCBT addresses students and researchers involved in research at the interface between brains and technology such as in the ambit of “Bio-ICT convergence” "Brain Inspired ICT" and “cognitive systems and robotics”.

Event dates: 3 - 14 September, 2012

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Neural Dynamics Approach to Cognitive Robotics III --- A Hands-on Summer School

The embodiment stance postulates that cognition cannot be understood as long as the links between cognitive processes and the sensory and motor surfaces are left unexamined. An understanding of cognition must also reflect that cognition takes place in organisms or agents who are situated in structured environments to which their bodies and nervous systems are specifically adapted.

Event dates: 3 - 7 of September, 2012

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CITEC Summer School 2012: Verbal and non-verbal communication: From experiments to implementation

Humans, as well as animal or artificial agents are continuously confronted with the problem of understanding each other. What are the mechanisms that shape communicative behaviour, what makes it so efficient in natural environments and what is the key for the improvement of it in artificial contexts? Dialogue coordination (alignment) in normal and noisy environments, intention understanding (pragmatic and joint attention), non-verbal cues (gestures and facial expression decoding), and asymmetric communication are some common challenges for interactive systems, and they require efficient verbal and non-verbal interaction. This will involve approaches from experimental psychology, cognitive sciences, computational modelling, neuroinformatics, gesture studies, animal communication, human-machine interaction and robotics.

Event dates: 26 - 31 August, 2012

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VVV2012, the iCub summer school

The iCub Summer School, "Veni Vidi Vici", serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. Our goal is to foster long-lived academic collaboration on robot software across the boundaries and lifetimes of individual projects. The iCub summer school is a peer-to-peer event; there are no lectures, and no strict division of instructors and students. All participants are expected to be competent C/C++ programmers with an interest in working with others (and an agenda of their own). The school schedule will be organized flexibly around informal tutorials from participants on modules they are working on or interested in. This is the seventh edition of the iCub summer school.

Event dates: 18 - 28 July, 2012

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Auditory Cognition - Listening in the Real World (Summer School)

Following on from our first successful event in Groningen, July 2011, we propose to organise a second Auditory Cognition Summer School, this time in Plymouth. Compared to vision, research in audition (with the exception of speech processing) is far less advanced; nevertheless the range of topics and possible applications is just as broad. Auditory cognition covers topics from the analysis of sonic environments to the generation of adaptive responses. Responses can range from detecting sound sources to the generation of narratives that describe the soundscape and its contents. Modelling this process and predicting likely sound annoyance or enjoyment of sonic ambiance is an unsolved challenge for current technology. Understanding the cognitive processes underlying auditory perception in real-world scenarios is therefore of importance both from a scientific and a technological perspective.

Event dates: 13 - 16 of July, 2012

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Interdisciplinary College 2012

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavours to intensify dialog and connectedness between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly from European countries, lecturers from all over the world. Courses include up-to-date introductions to the main fields of the IK, as well as an in-depth treatment of a focus topic, which is changing from year to year.

Event dates: 16 - 23 March, 2012

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2nd CITEC Summer School 2011

The importance of generality in computer vision systems whose goal is to achieve near-human performance was emphasized early in the field’s development.

Event dates: 3rd - 8th Oct 2011

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Barcelona Cognition Brain and Technology summer school BCBT 2011

BCBT's principal aim is to promote a shared systems-level understanding of the functional architecture of the brain and its possible emulation in artificial systems.

Event dates: 5th - 16th Sep 2011

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MLSS 2011 - Machine Learning Summer School

The school will provide tutorials and practical sessions on basic and advanced topics of machine learning by leading researchers in the field. The summer school is intended for students, young researchers and industry practitioners with an interest in machine learning and a strong mathematical background.

Event dates: 4th - 17th Sep 2011

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The Future of the Embodied Mind

The summer school focuses on cognition in artificial and biological systems from a theoretical perspective that considers embodiment, situatedness, and action-relatedness as key elements in understanding and implementing cognitive systems.

Event dates: 4th -- 10th September 2011

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Summerschool on Auditory Cognition

Auditory cognition covers all processes from the reception of sounds to the generation of an adaptive response. The response can vary from detecting sound sources, via the generation of a matching narrative or even a formal complaint about sound annoyance, to simple enjoyment of the sonic ambiance. Auditory cognition is therefore by necessity aimed at cognitive processes in real-world conditions.

Event dates: 7th -- 14th July 2011

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Interdisciplinary College 2011: Autonomy, Decisions and Free Will

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry.

Event dates: 25th March -- 1st April 2011

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International Training School on Cognitive Behavioural Systems

Cognitive processes - such as inference, categorization, and memory - are not independent from their physical instantiations. Individual choices, perception and actions emerge and are dynamically affected/enhanced by the interaction between sensory-motor systems and the inhabited environment (including the organizational, cultural and physical context). This interplay brings up instantiations of cognitive behavioural systems.

Event dates: 21st -- 26th February 2011

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Autumn School - Neuronal Dynamics for Cognitive Robotics, 24.09 - 01.10.2010

Neuronal dynamics provides a powerful theoretical language with which embodied and situated cognitive systems can be designed and modeled. This summer school will provides a hands-on and down-to-earth introduction to neuronal dynamics ideas and will enable participants to become productive within this framework.

Event dates: 24th September -- 1st October 2010

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VVV 2010, the iCub summer school, 18 - 29.07.2010

The iCub Summer School, "Veni Vidi Vici", serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. Our goal is to foster long-lived academic collaboration on robot software across the boundaries and lifetimes of individual projects.

Event dates: 18th July -- 29th July 2010

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First European Summer School on Life and Cognition, 22 - 26.06.2010

The first European Summer School on "Life & Cognition" will offer an advanced training on contemporary scientific research about life and cognition, by focusing on some of the central theoretical issues in the fields of biological and cognitive sciences. In particular, the school will put the emphasis on the continuity between biological organization and cognitive capacities and will explore some of those concepts and problems (e.g. autonomy, embodied and extended cognition, emergence, functional mechanisms, minimal living/agent systems,...) which could play a pivotal role in an integrated scientific framework of life and cognition. The school will apply a resolutely interdisciplinary approach, by bringing together international experts with diverse backgrounds, including philosophy, cognitive science, theoretical biology and sciences of complexity.

Event dates: 22th -- 26th June 2010.

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Toward Autonomous, Adaptive, and Context-Aware Multimodal Interfaces: Theoretical and Practical Issues

The school will afford a change of perspective in verbal and nonverbal communication, where the research focus moves from "communicative tools" to "communicative instances" and ask for investigations that take into account the environment and the context in which the communicative acts take place.

Event dates: 15th -- 19th March 2010.

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Interdisciplinary College 2010, 12 - 19.03.2010

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavors to intensify dialog and connectedness between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly from European countries, lecturers from all over the world. Courses include up-to-date introductions to the main fields of the IK, as well as an in-depth treatment of focus topic, which is changing from year to year.

Event dates: 12th -- 19th March 2010.

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RobotDoC Robotics Research Methods Workshop

This is the first training event of the Marie Curie ITN "RobotDoC: Robotics for Developmento of Cognition" (in Plymouth UK). This workshop will provide PhD students with a series of lectures and hands-on workshops on Research Methods.

Event dates: 9th - 11th of March 2010.

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International Summer School

International Summer School on Embodied Language Games and Construction Grammar, 29 August - 4 September 2009, Palazzone di Cortona, Tuscany (Italy).

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Robot Learning Summer School

This school will take place from the 20th until the 24th of July 2009 and is mainly designed for PhD students who want to acquire a good understanding of current research and open challenges in Learning Robots and for those people with a different background who want to introduce themselves to this area.

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Perception Course Development

The goal of the coordinators combined activity will be to give a new generation of perception researchers a set of novel, for the Anglo-Saxon community, tools to improve models of perception.

Event dates: 23d of April - 30th of June 2009.

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