[Comp-neuro] SoAIR 2019: 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
Thu Oct 25 12:36:47 CEST 2018


**Apologies for cross posting **

We are pleased to call for applications for the 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.

** *This spring school is a Technical Education Program (TEP) endorsed and
supported by 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 and hands-on workshops (the program
will be announced soon).*

*II. Keynote Speakers  (More Speakers in HRI, AI, and Autonomous Vehicles
will join the list soon):    *

   1. *  Jun Tani *–  Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST),
   2.   *Daniele Magazzeni *– King's College London, UK
   3. *  Yukie Nagai *– National Institute of Information and
   Communications Technology   (NICT), Japan
   4.  * Tetsuya Ogata* – Waseda University, Japan
   5.   *Maya Cakmak *– University of Washington, USA
   6.   *Mohamed Chetouani *– University of Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC),
   7.   *Agnieszka Wykowska *– Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy
   8.   *Tetsunari Inamura *– National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan
   9.   *Amit Kumar Pandey *–  SoftBank (Aldebaran) Robotics, France
   10.   *Francesco Maurelli *– Jacobs University, Germany (*A special talk
   about preparing funding proposals*)

*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 two pages or less of CV detailing relevant
   aspects of the candidate's academic career that demonstrates her/his
   relevance to the school theme.
   2. *Research abstract*: A 200 word research abstract that the candidate
   intends to present during the school.
   3. *Letter of recommendation*: A short letter from the academic advisor
   or the employer of the candidate supporting her/his application.

*Application submission*: Please use the following EasyChair web link:*
Application Submission

*IV. Important Dates *

   1. Application submission:
*20-December, 2018 *
   2. Notification of acceptance: *28-December, 2018 *
   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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