[Comp-neuro] CITEC Summer School 2011, Mechanisms of attention - Call for Applications

anna belardinelli anna.belardinelli at uni-bielefeld.de
Fri Jun 17 11:04:53 CEST 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
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

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