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Summer School on Human-Machine Systems, Cyborgs, and Enhancing Devices

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Summer School on Human-Machine Systems, Cyborgs, and Enhancing Devices

June 14-18, 2012
Iasi, Romania


This is the third summer school offered through co-sponsorship of the Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Quality of Life Society (AT-EQUAL) in Iasi, Romania.

Previous schools were:
- 2009 International Summer School in Robotics and Intelligent Systems (ISRIS)
- 2010 IEEE-RAS/IFFR School of Robotics Science on Social and Cognitive Robotics (SOCORO)

"Human-Machine Systems, Cyborgs, and Enhancing Devices" is an avant-garde theme; we expect it to be the subject of intensive debates, and to generate many novel ideas. We will explore current technologies used to advance the condition of man- by the use of robots, of devices, and of implants, and we will engage in discussions and brainstorming on future directions of high interest.

As the name suggests there will be three main topics:
* Human-Machine Systems: humans and machines in collaborative relationships
* Enhancing Devices: focusing on a next-gen prosthetics, designed to enhance human capabilities
* Cyborgs: focusing on true hybrids that fuse living tissue and artificial structures.

Each of these topics will be the theme of one day. The other two days will include a school poster session and introduction of student interests and research topics, lectures on state of the art in Humanoid robotics, Future Robots, Advanced prosthetics, and Ethical and Social Implications. The social program includes a tour to N. Moldavia monasteries to allow further development of bonds between school students, setting the basis for future collaborations in international projects.

Tentative schedule:

Day 1
Robotics and Advanced Prosthetics: State of the art in robotics, Humanoid robotics, Advanced prosthetics, Panel

Day 2 
Human-Machine Systems:
Therapeutic robots, Assistive and caregiving robots, Human-computer and human-robot interaction

Day 3 
Enhancing Devices: Design and fabrication of miniature assistive devices, Brain-Machine Interfaces,  Portable devices collecting/processing bio-signals,  Exoskeletons, Collective emotional intelligence, Discussion and brainstorming on enhancing device for Fun/entertainment/edutainment

Day 4 
Cyborgs:  Robotic surgery, Tissue engineering, cell stems, regenerative medicine,  Implant engineering and control

Day 5 
Social implications: Ethical and Social implication panel, Social Program including visit of Iasi and tour to N. Moldavia monasteries.

Confirmed Lecturers and Invited Speakers:

Raja Chatila, LLAS-CNRS, France
Sukhan Lee, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea 
Karsten Berns, U.
Paolo Fiorini, U. Verona, Italy 
Kevin Warwick, U.
Reading, UK 
Joe Ferguson, CognitiveDevices, USA 
Adriana Tapus,
ENSTA-ParisTech, France 
Kenji Suzuki, U. Tsukuba, Japan 
Bram Vandergorght,
Vrije U. Brussel, Belgium
Luminita Labusca, Univ Hospital Iasi, Romania
Daniel David, U. Babes-Bolyai, Cluj, Romania 
Adrian Stoica, NASA/JPL, USA

Target audience:

PhD-level researchers - those currently pursuing the degree, seriously considering, or having completed the PhD and showing interest in the topics of the school.

Applicants should submit, in PDF, two documents of 1 page each: a resume highlighting experience relevant to the school, and a description of
research interests.

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The school will be limited to 40 students. 
Please submit your application before March 25th.

It is recommended that you submit early - applications will be reviewed in the order received.

School Directors:
Dr. Adrian Stoica, NASA-JPL, USA
Prof. Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy 
Prof. Ioan Doroftei, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania

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