CITEC Summer School 2016: A Video Retrospective

International researchers attend four-day workshop on adaptive systems

How can the flexibility of human beings and animals be transferred to machines? How do the mechanisms of adaptability work? Early career researchers explored these types of questions during the 5th CITEC Summer School. A short video shows the highlights and key information from this year’s event.

37 participants from around the world, including Japan, Kuwait, Venezuela, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Denmark, the United States, and Great Britain, among other countries, spent four days discussing current topics in interaction technology. At the beginning of each of the four workshops, an internationally recognized researcher delivered a keynote talk, including Professor Dr. Andrew B. Schwartz (University of Pittsburg, USA), Professor Dr. Christian Igel (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Professor Dr. Kerstin Fischer (University of Southern Denmark) and Professor Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings (Johns Hopkins University).

The goal of the 5th CITEC Summer School was to gain a better understanding of princples of adaptive systems in both living organisms and robotic applications. To do this, the participants examined the fundamentals of neuronal systems and cognitive mechanisms using an multidisciplinary approach. CITEC invited doctoral students from around the globe to work with experts on analyzing the principles of adaptability from different theoretical perspectives.

In addition to attending the talks, visitors could also experience various demonstrators firsthand. The main topics addressed this year were adaptive moment, relevance learning, multimodal learning, and social interaction, as well as embodiment and neuromorphic learning systems.

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