Cognitive Architectures: Using Software to Emulate Thinking

6th CITEC Summer School at Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology

What does a robot need in order to learn to think? The 6th CITEC Summer School centers around this question. From 4–8 September, the CITEC “Cognitive Architectures” Summer School will bring together 30 young researchers from around the globe, representing the fields of biology, psychology, linguistics, robotics, and computer science. Ten international experts will introduce new innovations in artificial intelligence at the event. In their laboratories, researchers from the Cluster of Excellence CITEC will show how they endow robots and other systems with intelligence.

Poster for the 6th CITEC Summer School. Photo: CITEC/Bielefeld University. Machines have to learn to “think” so that they can understand their surroundings and make decisions. They need cognitive abilities: they have to be able to take in, process, and save information. Only then can they act intelligently, adapt to new situations, and learn from experience. The mechanisms that are combined with one another – and endow machines with cognitive abilities – are described as cognitive architectures.

In the summer academy at CITEC, participants will first approach this topic theoretically, and will then put their findings into practice by testing them on the robots that are used for research at the Cluster of Excellence, including the AMiRo mini robots, humanoid robots iCub and Pepper, and “Shadow Hands,” which are modelled on human hands.

Speakers at the summer school will include: Professor Dr. Tamim Asfour (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT), Professor Dr. Michael Beetz (University of Bremen), Professor Angelo Cangelosi PhD (University of Plymouth), Professor Yiannis Demiris Ph.D. (Imperial College London, Great Britain), Dr. Lorenzo Natale (Italian Institute of Technology, IIT),  Professor Dr. Ulrich Rückert (Bielefeld University), Professor Dr. Selma Šabanović (Indiana University), Professor Dr. Giulio Sandini (Italian Institute of Technology IIT), Professor Dr. Jochen Steil (Braunschweig University of Technology) and Dr. Terrence Stewart (University of Waterloo).

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack, Bielefeld University, 
Head of the CITEC Graduate School Telephone: 0521 106-5127

Contact person for organizational questions:

Claudia Muhl, Bielefeld University
Manager oft he CITEC Graduate School 
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