ROBOTDOC/POETICON++ Spring School on Developmental Robotics and Cognitive Bootstrapping

18-20 March 2013

This open spring school focusses on Cognitive Robotics, and in particular, on experimental findings and computational mechanisms for the integration of language, perception and action and for endowing robots with high level cognitive skills. This is a joint organisation of the  RobotDoc Initial Training Network and the POETICON++ Project which aims at serving the exchange of the latest research results and methodological skills between researchers and students from both european projects/networks, as well as other external participants.

The spring school will be held in the Amalia Hotel, 10 Amalias Avenue, Athens.

You can download the booklet of the spring school here.

 

Monday 18 March

12:00

arrival

13:00

Yiannis Tsoukalas (European Parliament, Greece MEP)
EU Research Policy and Robotics

14:00

Reinhard Lafrenz (Technical University Munich, ECHORD Project manager)
ECHORD and ECHORD++ - Innovative approaches to strengthen the links between academia and industry

15:00

Jean-Christophe Baillie (Aldebaran Robotics)
Developmental Robotics at Aldebaran A-Lab

16:00

coffee break

16:30

Luciano Fadiga (Italian Institute of Technology and Ferrara University)
Sensorimotor processing of language

17:30

Denis Mareschal (Birkbeck College London, TrackDev ITN)
Mechanisms of learning and development in infancy

18:30

Jannik Fritsch (HONDA Research Institute Europe)
Automotive Research at HRI-EU: Perception & Prediction Activities

Tuesday March 19

9:00

Katerina Pastra (CSRI and ATHENA Research Centre, POETICON++ Coordinator)
Robots with Syntax, Robots with Memory: Beyond one-shot learning to generalisation

10:00

Yiannis Aloimonos (University of Maryland, USA)
Parsing human activity

11:00

Poster Session 1 and coffee break

12:00

Vincent C. Müller (Anatolia College & Oxford University, EuCogIII Coordinator)
What is a cognitive system?

13:00

Kevin O’Regan (Descartes University Paris and CRNS France)
Constructing space

14:00

lunch

15:00

Marco Zorzi (Padua University, Italy)
Deep learning of visual numerosity

16:00

Matt Schlesinger (Southern Illinois University, USA)
The "Eyes" Have It: Toward an Active-Vision Model of Early Perceptual Development

17:00

Poster Session 2 and coffee break

19:30

dinner

Wednesday March 20 - Tutorials

9:00

Tutorial 1: Towards a Semantic Memory for Robots

Eirini Balta and Panagiotis Dimitrakis (CSRI)

11:00

coffee break

11:30

Tutorial 2: Timing in Humans and Robots

Argiro Vatakis (CSRI) and Michalis Maniadakis (ICS-FORTH)

13:30

Spring School ends