HBP Curriculum: Cognitive systems for non-specialists workshop

Munich, Germany

March 13, 2018 – March 15, 2018

Cognitive systems are devices that are designed to mimic cognitive skills of higher developed biological organisms at varying levels of complexity and performance. Models of these skills can either be abstract functional descriptions from the vast field of cognitive science or detailed simulations of brain circuits from neuroscience. Novel hardware designs and the steadily increasing availability of cheap computing resources have recently yielded remarkable results especially with the latter models.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a definitive introduction to the theory of cognitive systems. Drawing from advances in brain research, the topic is approached from a computational-neuroscientific perspective rather than an abstract-psychological one, bridging the gap between the physical structure of the brain and the logical organization of its cognitive capabilities. Special focus is put on the role of robotics as a means to ground cognitive function in bodies that physically interact within different types of environments.

The workshop is open to the whole student community and early post-docs upon application. Applications from young female investigators are highly encouraged.

Application is required as space may be limited. Applicants selected for participation will be informed within two weeks after the application deadline.
There is no registration fee. Seven travel grants will be available upon request (European students only - residence). Accommodation can be provided for 30 students (first come, first served). 

The application deadline is 17 January 2018

Click here for further information and application.