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FIAS winter school Intrinsic Motivations: From Brains to Robots

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As winter school involving PhD students and post-docs, lasting one intensive week focussed on biological and computational aspects of intrinsic motivations. The school comprised interdisciplinary lectures by leading experts in the field and hands-on work on mini-projects (data analysis, computational modeling, experiments with real or simulated robots). The school was restricted to 20 selected participants.

When dic 03, 2012 09:00 to
dic 08, 2012 01:00
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Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

December 3-8, 2012

Application deadline: November 1, 2012


Minoru Asada, Osaka University

Gianluca Baldassarre, CNR Rome

Andrew Barto,  University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ralf Der, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig

Kevin Gurney, University of Sheffield

Clay Holroyd, University of Victoria, Canada

Giorgio Metta, IIT, Italy

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, INRIA, Bordeaux

Peter Redgrave, University of Sheffield

Constantin Rothkopf, FIAS, Frankfurt

Bert Shi, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Jochen Triesch, FIAS, Frankfurt




"Industry Jobs in Neuroscience of Sensorimotor Control"



We have opened a forum for discussions/organization of the school. Everyone is invited to join!



The school will comprise lectures by leading experts in the morning and work on a small group project in the afternoons and evenings. Projects will be supervised by the school's speakers and additional project supervisors. The results will be presented at the end of the school.

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Frankfurt is a cosmopolitan city with easy access from across the globe and it has a vibrant neuroscience community. The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) is a Foundation of the Goethe University Frankfurt and is located in the new science city Frankfurt-Riedberg.

The registration fee is 150 Euros. Costs of accommodation and meals are covered by the school. Students' travel to and from Frankfurt is expected to be covered by the student's home institution. In exceptional cases, students can apply for partial reimbursement of travel expenses. This should be indicated in the application (see below). The school is funded by the European Union project IM-CLeVeR (Intrinsically Motivated Cumulatively Learning Versatile Robots, and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.





The school runs from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th December at the FIZ zentrum (
Registration takes place on Sunday Dec 2nd at Relaxa Hotel between 4pm and 6 pm  (directions here)
Presentation of the results takes place on Sat, Dec 8th at FIAS



Applications should include:

- Cover letter describing your motivation to participate in the school and your previous experience with reinforcement learning (max. 1 page)

- CV including list of publications

- Recommendation letters from 1-2 current or previous research supervisors

- Request for partial reimbursement of travel expenses (if applicable)

Applications should be sent electronically to Ms Gaby Ehlgen:

(If an invitation letter to apply for a Visa is required download this form and please contact Ms Gaby Ehlgen)

Deadline is November 1, 2012.


The explanation of the School Projects carried on by students is here:




The school is sponsored by the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (


We acknowledge support from Brain Corporation 

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