RAS/IFRR Summer School on

"Human-Robot Interaction"

July 19-23, 2004



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Call for Participation

RAS/IFRR Summer School on
Human Robot Interaction

19 - 23 July 2004 @ Volterra, Italy


Through a memorandum of understanding between IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) a new international summer school on robotics has been set up. The first edition will take place 19-23 July 2004 in Volterra, Italy. The theme for this year's summer school is "human-robot interaction". The first edition is organised by Prof. Ronald C Arkin, Georgia Tech and Prof. Henrik I. Christensen, KTH. The school is generously co-sponsored by IEEE RAS, IFRR, SAIC and EURON.

Ph.D. students and postdocs are encouraged to apply. Attendance is limited to 30 students only. The week will involve a set of lectures, from prominent researchers, group exercises, and hands-on work. The lecturers are:

  • Aude Billard, EPFL: Embodied Learning / Imitation
  • Cynthia Breazeal, MIT: Affective Interfaces
  • Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka/ATR: Case Studies
  • Erika Rogers, CALPOLY: HCI Introduction
  • Jean Scholtz, NIST Usability / Experimental Design
  • Alan Schultz, NRL: Collaborative Interfaces

Additional activities will include:

  • An optional tour of the SSSA facilities
  • Introduction and presentation of participants
  • Tour to local attraction in Tuscany
  • Evening Social event
  • Evaluation

The cost of tuition for participation in the school is $1000/student (excluding accommodation). A limited number of rooms has been reserved at Hotel San Lino in Volterra at a rate of 40 Euro (approx. $50) per person per night (in shared double rooms). Students can only participate if they attend the entire week.

To be considered for participation students are required to submit an application (preferably pdf) containing:

  • Name, contact details
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A one page description of relevant current research project
  • Motivation for participation in the summer school (one page)
  • A letter (or email) of recommendation from their supervisor.

Students from US and EU may also apply for a scholarship to attend the summer school, sponsored by SAIC and EURON, respectively. The scholarships for up to 20 students from US and EU are to cover the course registration fee. Please indicate your desire to apply for this scholarship in your application, if needed, for your participation.

Applications for participation and scholarships must be sent to both organisers by electronic mail (arkin@cc.gatech.edu and hic@nada.kth.se) no later than 1 April 2004. Notification of acceptance will be provided no later than early May to allow for adequate time to book tickets etc.

Further information can be obtained from the organisers

Ronald C Arkin
Mobile Robotics Laboratory
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Henrik I Christensen
Centre for Autonomous Systems
Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden

Maintained by Henrik I Christensen (hic@nada.kth.se). Last updated: February 28, 2004 23:38