[Comp-neuro] SoAIR 2019 [Extended Deadline]: JST-CREST / IEEE-RAS Spring School on "Social and Artificial Intelligence for User-Friendly Robots" in Japan

Amir Aly amir.aly at em.ci.ritsumei.ac.jp
Wed Dec 26 14:59:41 CET 2018


**Apologies for cross posting **

We are pleased to call for applications for the *JST-CREST / IEEE-RAS*
spring school on:

"*Social and Artificial Intelligence for User-Friendly Robots*"

* Which will be held from 17-24 March, 2019 in Shonan Village, Japan *after
the *Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)* conference that will be held in the
near South Korea.

*Webpage: **https://inic8.bitbucket.io/SoAIR19/*

*I. Aim and Scope *Autonomous and intelligent systems are progressively
moving into spaces, which have previously been predominantly shaped by
human agency. Unlike in the past where machines obediently served their
human operators, machines now increasingly act without the intervention of
a human. Artificial intelligence is meeting new challenges in the world,
though human-like intelligence may still be a distant goal. Robots in
factories are coming out of their cages. Autonomous cars are being tested
on streets with regular human-driven cars. The private household is
changing with the appearance of not only robotic vacuum cleaners, but also
with the first-generation of social robots and smart devices. The
challenges that face both the robotics and artificial intelligence
communities are how the necessary intelligence for such new environments
can be created as well as how to make artificial agents capable of not only
solving tasks at hand but also considering social environments around them
during interaction with human users so as to behave appropriately. Within
the school, we plan to address the tension created by the balance between
task-specific artificial intelligence and the demands of sociability
required to function effectively in human-centered environments.

** *Who should apply?*  We invite *Masters and PhD students* as well
as *post-doctoral
candidates and researchers from industry* with relevant research background
to apply for this spring school. *Additional support could be available
based on eligibility.*

** *This spring school is a Technical Education Program (TEP) endorsed and
supported by JST-CREST / IEEE-RAS*.

** *The school aims at bridging the gap between social and cognitive
Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Autonomous
Vehicles (AV) through high level talks, tutorials, and hands-on workshops
(the program will be announced soon).*

*II. Keynote Speakers:    *

   1. * Takayuki Nagai, *Osaka University, Japan
   2. * Jun Tani *–  Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST),
   3.   *Daniele Magazzeni *– King's College London, UK
   4. *  Yukie Nagai *– National Institute of Information and
   Communications Technology    (NICT), Japan
   5.  * Tetsuya Ogata* – Waseda University, Japan
   6.   *Mohamed Chetouani *– University of Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC),
   7.   *Silvia Rossi* – University of Naples, Italy
   8.   *Agnieszka Wykowska *– Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy
   9.   *Tetsunari Inamura *– National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan
   10.   *Amit Kumar Pandey *–  SoftBank (Aldebaran) Robotics, France
   11.   *Mehul Bhatt* – Orebro University, Sweden (Tutorial)
   12.   *Mohsen Kaboli –* Bavarian Motor Works (BMW), Germany (Tutorial)
   13.   *Francesco Maurelli *– Jacobs University, Germany (Preparing Marie
   Curie funding proposal)
   14.   *Atsuko Nakatsuka* – Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
   (JSPS), Japan (Preparing JSPS funding proposal)

*III. Submission *

The applications must include the following files (combined into one file).
No other documents would be necessary (More information is available on the
school's webpage).

   1. *Curriculum vitae*: A CV detailing relevant aspects of the
   candidate's academic career that demonstrates her/his relevance to the
   school theme. Please consider including the list of publications.
   2. *Research abstract*: A 200-word research abstract that the candidate
   intends to present during the school.
   3. *Letter of recommendation*: A brief letter from the academic advisor
   or the employer of the candidate supporting her/his application. Please
   also indicate if additional support would be required to attend the school.

*Application submission*: Please use the following EasyChair web link:*
Application Submission <https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=soair2019>.*

*IV. Important Dates *

   1. Application submission *[Extended]*:
*10-January, 2019 *
   2. Notification of acceptance: *14-January, 2019 *
   3. Spring School: *17-24 March, 2019*

*V. Organizers   *

   1.   *Amir Aly *– Ritsumeikan University – Japan
   2.   *Franziska Kirstein *– Blue Ocean Robotics, Denmark
   3. *  Shashank Pathak *– Visteon Corporation, Germany

*Amir Aly, Ph.D.*
Senior Researcher
Emergent Systems Laboratory
College of Information Science and Engineering
Ritsumeikan University
1-1-1 Noji Higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577
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