[Comp-neuro] Deadline approaching: eSMCs robotics summer school on embodiment and morphological computation

Nico Schmidt nico.schmidt at uzh.ch
Wed Jul 24 10:54:36 CEST 2013

!Application deadline is 31.7.2013!

eSMCs Summer School 2013 on Embodiment and Morphological Computation, 
September 22-28,2013

_summerschool2013.esmcs.eu_ <http://summerschool2013.esmcs.eu/>

We cordially invite you to the summer school "Embodiment and 
Morphological Computation", which will take place at the University of 
Zurich, Switzerland in September 2013. The school will give a 
comprehensive overview of the state-of-the art in the fields of embodied 
cognition, morphological computation and neuronal mechanisms of enactive 
cognition. In addition it aims at connecting renowned researchers in the 
field with students and post-docs who are interested in the 
corresponding subjects.

The school will be the third in a series of summer schools funded and 
organized by the EU FP-7 project "Extending sensorimotor contingencies 
to cognition - eSMCs" (esmcs.eu <http://esmcs.eu/>). This year the 
school is jointly organized by the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the 
University of Zurich (www.ailab.ch <http://www.ailab.ch/>) and the Dept. 
of Neurophysiology at the UKE Hamburg (uke.de/neurophysiology 


The five-day school will be structured around the following themes:

1. embodiment and morphology

2. active perception and sensorimotor contingencies

3. information theory

4. neuroscience of motor cognition

5. embodiment and awareness

The school will comprise keynote lectures in the mornings and workshops 
in the afternoons, which serve for in-depth discussions of topics from 
the keynote lectures. The workshops will feature hands-on tutorials 
where students will have the opportunity to build their own robots using 
the robotic toolkit EmbedIT (embed-it.ch/ <http://embed-it.ch/>) to 
study the impact of morphology on locomotion behavior.

Participation in the school will be free of charge, but participants 
will have to cover their own expenses.

*Confirmed Speakers:*

Auke Iijspeert, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland.

Josh Bongard, University of Vermont, USA

Fumiya Ida, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Marek McGann, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland

Wolfgang Prinz, University of Münster, Germany

Daniel Polani, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Rajesh Rao, University of Washington, USA

Ricarda Schubotz, University of Münster, Germany

Angelo Maravita, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Catherine Tallon-Baudry, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Herbert Peremans, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Rolf Pfeifer, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Helmut Hauser, University of Zurich, Switzerland

*Important dates:*

- Application deadline: 31.7.2013

- Notification of acceptance: 9.8.2013

- Summer school: 22.9.-28.9.2013

*How to apply:*

The school is open to 50 PhD students and post-docs who are working on 
the themes addressed. Interested participants shall submit written 
information on their scientific background, projects involved, and 
motivation to attend. Admission will be on a competitive basis.

Applications should be sent via email to esmcs-summerschool at ifi.uzh.ch 
<mailto:esmcs-summerschool at ifi.uzh.ch>. Please state on a single page 
(11pt font):

-Your scientific background and degree

-Your motivation to come to this school

-The topic of your thesis

-Any prior knowledge in the field

Participation in the school is free.

*Further Information**:*
All relevant information can be found at summerschool2013.esmcs.eu 
<http://summerschool2013.esmcs.eu/>. For further questions, please don't 
hesitate to contact us (esmcs-summerschool at ifi.uzh.ch 
<mailto:esmcs-summerschool at ifi.uzh.ch>). Previous schools in this series 
were "The future of the embodied mind", held 2011 in San Sebastián, 
Spain (summerschool2011.esmcs.eu/ <http://summerschool2011.esmcs.eu/>), 
and a conjunction with the "Barcelona cognition, brain and technology 
summer school" in 2012 (bcbt.upf.edu/bcbt11/ <http://bcbt.upf.edu/bcbt11/>).

On behalf of the eSMCs consortium,

Rolf Pfeifer, AI-Lab, University of Zurich

Andreas Engel, Dept. of Neurophysiology, UKE Hamburg

Nico Schmidt, Ph.D. Student
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Dept. of Informatics, University of Zurich
Andreasstr. 15, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0) 44 63 54563
Fax:   +41 (0) 44 63 54507
Email:nico.schmidt at uzh.ch

Nico Schmidt, Ph.D. Student
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Dept. of Informatics, University of Zurich
Andreasstr. 15, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0) 44 63 54563
Fax:   +41 (0) 44 63 54507
Email: nico.schmidt at uzh.ch
Web: http://www.ifi.uzh.ch/ailab/nschmidt

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