[Elsnet-list] International Research-Centered Summer School at NCSR "Demokritos", 4-31 July 2013
vangelis at iit.demokritos.gr
Thu May 2 09:15:24 CEST 2013
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International Research-Centered Summer School in *
*"Cognitive Systems and Interactive Robotics, Social Media, Digital
4-31 July 2013, at NCSR "Demokritos", Athens**, Greece
*Deadline for applications: 10 May 2013**
The Summer School is organized by the Interactive Robots and Media
(http://www.irmllab.com), the Software & Knowledge Engineering Lab at
the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of NCSR "Demokritos"
(http://www.iit.demokritos.gr/) and the ARCOMEM (http://www.arcomem.eu)
and SOCIALSENSOR (http://www.socialsensor.eu) FP7 ICT research projects.
This is the fourth summer school in a sequence initiated by the
Interactive Robots and Media Lab. This year it will take place between
July 4 and July 31 2013, at NCSR "Demokritos", in Athens, Greece.
The Summer School has an innovative format: it is Research-Centered,
with a strong focus on mini-projects of month-long duration, carried out
by multiple teams of 3-4 students including a mix of academic levels
(Postdoc, PhD, undergraduates). Selected seminars and lectures will also
take place; but not exceeding two hours per day. Exciting cultural
events and excursions will take place during the weekends. The outcome
of the summer school includes both numerous scientific publications, as
well as longer-term collaborations.
This year's topic and research project areas, focus on the cognitive
systems viewpoint, as pertaining to:
- Human Robot Interaction and Whole-body HCI
- Dialogue Systems and Computer Vision
- Information Visualisation
- Social Media Analysis and Utilization
- Digital preservation and the Social Web
- User Modelling and Recommendation systems
- Affective science and computing
- ICT for sustainable development
The lab is equipped with multiple robots (The Ibn Sina human-size
Android with full facial expressions, the Indigo museum guide robot,
Pioneer and other mobile robots, manipulator arms, UAVs), as well as
advanced vision and other sensing systems.
In terms of computational resources, there is access to high-performance
computation, as well as multiple workstations. There is also close
contact with numerous world-class institutions and companies in the
field, across three continents, and numerous distinguished invited
lecturers and supervisors will be joining us for the summer school.
The Social Media and Digital Preservation theme is co-organised by the
EU-funded Integrated Project ARCOMEM. This year, a distinguished group
of lecturers, as well as experts from the Media sector and Parliamentary
Libraries will be present for the duration of the school that will
present the latest scientific findings in the area. A hands-on training
session will be available for the students on the applications and
technologies of Digital Preservation and the Social Web.
The SocialSensor project also supports the organization of this Summer
School and will provide the dimension of real-time multimedia indexing
and search in the Social Web. Engineers and researchers from the
consortium of the project will explain how to move beyond conventional
text-based indexing and retrieval models by mining and aggregating user
inputs and content over multiple social networking sites. New tools for
Social Indexing will be presented which incorporate information about
the structure and activity of the users' social network directly into
the multimedia analysis and search process.
Finally, the summer school will cooperate with FONDAZIONE ROSSELLI
AMERICAS (FRA) through its ICT4DEVIS (Information & Communication
Technology for Development International School), to provide a better
understanding on the use of ICT in project planning for sustainable
development, specifically focusing on developing countries. FRA's
ICT4DEVIS is conceived as a for-credit, hands-on, practice oriented,
cross-cultural summer school, intended for students, professionals and
practitioners who want to pursue a professional career in deploying ICT
as a means for international development. In this Summer School
ICT4DEVIS will present "best practices" explaining the "life-cycle" of
development projects aiming at improving the living conditions of
developing countries, through the deployment of ICT.
Applying for the Summer School
We are welcoming applications at multiple levels (final-year B.Sc,
M.Sc., PhD, and postdoc levels). Necessary prerequisites include any
one, and ideally a mixture of the skills below:
- Programming in C++, Java or Matlab
- Pattern Recognition, Data Mining, Machine Vision, or Natural Language
- Psychological/Interaction experimental design and data analysis
- Information Visualization
- Social Media Analysis
- Sentiment analysis
- Digital Archiving
But most importantly, the creative imagination and the strong motivation
to produce innovative results in any of the main theme areas.
Scholarships will be provided to selected participants.
To apply, kindly send your CV, including emails of two referees, to
nmav at alum.mit.edu <mailto:nmav at alum.mit.edu> and cc
vangelis at iit.demokritos.gr <mailto:vangelis at iit.demokritos.gr>, by 10
May 2013. Applications will be considered in a first come first served
Looking forward to welcoming you in Athens!
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