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First IM-CLeVeR Spring School: Capo Caccia, Sardinia, 1-7 May 2011

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Background information on the 2011 Spring School

When mag 01, 2011 09:00 to
mag 07, 2011 05:00
Where CapoCaccia
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Themes: intrinsic motivation, abstract representations of sensorimotor data, hierarchical architectures and cumulative learning


Thanks to everyone involved for making the IM-CLeVeR Spring School 2011 a great success!





The EU funded project 'IM-CLeVeR - Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots' and Aberystwyth University are hosting their 2011 spring school at the 2011 Capo Caccia Cognitive Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop.  It is aimed at PhD students and young researchers in the fields of computer science, robotics, autonomous systems, machine vision, biologically inspired robotics, machine learning and engineering but is open to interested students in biology, psychology and neuroscience etc. with a reasonable background and skills in robotics and programming.

The school is intended as a platform for work exchange, for meeting other students and learning from each other by working in small robotic related research projects of a maximum of five people. It is an unique opportunity to see their own research from a different angle and to gain the valuable experience of applying competence and skills in new domains.

This year we are running the school in conjunction with the 2011 Capo Caccia Cognitive Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop.  Students of the school will be registered to the workshop, and will be able to attend workshop events and talks as well as those of the school.  The main school will run during the first 7 days of the workshop, but we will provide space and supervision for students wishing to stay until the end on the 14th May so that they may continue working on their school projects.

During the first day we will have a series of lectures by invited speakers on the school topics. On the second day participants will attend the opening of the Capo Caccia workshop in the morning and begin work on the group projects in the afternoon.  Project work will then continue until the afternoon of the 7th May, when we will close with presentations from each of the project groups. Each group will be required to submit a report on their work following the end of the school.

Confirmed speakers

The following speakers will be attending the symposium.  Synopses will be posted nearer the event.

Andrew Barto, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Title: Intrinsic Motivation and Robots: Some Examples

Philippe Gaussier, Cergy-Pontoise University
Title: Modeling the development: the key role of emotions and resonance mechanisms for bootstrapping complex sensori-motor learning

Peter Redgrave, The University of Sheffield
Title: Did I do that, or did you?

Matthew Schlesinger, Southern Illinois University
Title: Spatial competition supports the development of visual selective attention in human infants:  A neurocomputational account

Leslie Smith, University of Stirling
Title: Early auditory processing and spikes: lessons for Neuromorphic auditory systems?

Jochen Triesch, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
Title: Infant look, infant learn!


The following projects are offered for the school.  Click on the headings for more information.

Further information

For further information on the schedule, costs, accommodation, application process, etc. please click here


Capo Caccia workshop:

IM-CLeVeR project:

Aberystwyth University Department of Computer Science:

AIR2009 (the previous Aberystwyth summer school):