FIAS winter school Intrinsic Motivations: From Brains to Robots
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.
WHERE AND WHEN
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.
LOCATION AND ARRANGEMENTS
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, http://www.im-clever.eu) and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
(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 (http://fias.uni-frankfurt.de/neuro/)