CITEC Summer School 2016 on Adaptive Systems

- CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany, 27th-30th of September 2016

CITEC Summer School 2016 on Adaptive Systems

at CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany, 27th-30th of September 2016

Dear young researchers,

The CITEC Summer School 2016 is dedicated to the topic of Adaptive Systems:

Adaptivity is the key for coping with tasks or environments whose properties cannot be completely known beforehand - a frequent characteristic of real world situations challenging artificial agents, real robots or biological organisms alike.

We offer you an interdisciplary mesh of courses held by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Excellence Center Cognitive Interaction Technology to acquaint you with current ideas and research about adaptivity, its foundations, analysis and its synthesis in artificial systems.

This year's topic is organized into four major thematic areas:

(A) Adaptive Motion

(B) Multimodal Learning and Social Interaction

(C) Deep Approaches to Relevance Learning

(D) Embodiment and Neuromorpic Learning Systems

Most of the courses provide the opportunity for hands-on experience, involving experiments or data sets captured in CITEC research labs. You are asked to choose one out of this four. They are complemented by talks of leading invited and local experts.

Invited speakers include:

  • Prof. Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fischer, University of Southern Denmark
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Igel, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Prof. Dr. Andrew B. Schwartz, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Beyond the courses and the talks of the speakers, attendance will provide you with ample opportunities for discussions, exchange of ideas with your peers and the participating researchers, and for learning more about CITEC.

The Summer School continues a series of highly successful CITEC Summer Schools started in 2010 and covering the topics of The Structure of Cognitive Motion: From Analysis to Synthesis (2010), Mechanisms of Attention - From Experimental Studies to Technical Systems (2011), Verbal and Non-verbal Interaction: From Experiments to Implementation (2012), and Continuous Learning in Living and Artificial Systems (2013) so far.

To apply visit and indicate your area of choice from the above area list (A)-(D). Application will be open at least until July 29th.

For more information, visit

Contact us for questions:

JProf. Dr. Elisabetta Chicca - Neuromorphic Neuromorphic Behaving Systems, Bielefeld University
Prof. Dr. Volker Dürr - Biological Cybernetics, Bielefeld University
Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter - Coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology, CITEC, Neuroinformatics, Bielefeld University
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack - Head of Graduate School Cognitive Interaction Technology, and Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics, Bielefeld University