[Elsnet-list] International Research-Centered Summer School at NCSR "Demokritos", 4-31 July 2013

Vangelis Karkaletsis 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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