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International Summer School on Companion Technology 2017 - Theory and Application

We are pleased to announce the International Summer School on Companion Technology (ISSCT 2017) which will be held on September 9-13, 2017 in Ulm, Germany.

Companion technology is a trending research direction that gained a lot of interest from the industry in the recent years. Therefore, the summer school's aim is to present the fundamental aspects of the companion theory which can be discussed in a multidisciplinary context. We show that such aspects cover emotional interpretations as considered in psychology, classification and planning issues analysed in computer science and information technology, as well as research on human-machine interaction (HMI). Especially, the HMI context provides a link between theory and application. This facet will be emphasized by the summer school as well. Therefore, we invited experts introducing applications in the field of companion agents and cognitive robotics. In between, the companion theory and technology is also based on research in neurosciences. Therefore, we encourage the participants to contribute to experiments showing the neurological basics which are connected to assistance and HMI.

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This year’s edition is intended for students on Master and early PhD level. In particular, attendees will be able to extend their knowledge in both theoretical and practical aspects of companion technology such as:

  • Companion theory
  • Companion agents and cognitive robotics
  • Psychology and neurosciences
  • Human-machine interaction

Since the ISSCT 2017 will be held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Companion Technology we invite all participants to submit a position paper on their research topic to the conference on special deadline conditions.

The International Summer School on Companion Technology is a great opportunity for you to learn about a new technology, meet other students, discuss your ideas with experts, participant on an international conference and simply enjoy the time in the city of Albert Einstein!

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: July 26th, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 8th, 2017
  • Summer School Date: September 9-13th, 2017

Submission Information

Please apply until July 26, 2017 since there is a limited number of participants. For this, a motivation letter (two pages maximum) and a CV should be send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further, we accept also applications for one of the ten travel grants (subject to a cap). This includes an additional list of estimated travel cost to Ulm.
For further information, please visit our website.

Furthermore, we invite the participants to submit a position paper on their research topic to the IEEE International Conference on Companion Technology on special deadline conditions.
For further information, please visit our website and the International Conference on Companion Technology (ICCT) website.

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