Winter School 2012

Intrinsic Motivations - From brains to robots

A winter school organized by the European Union project IM-CLeVeR and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.


Place: Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Frankfurt, Germany

Dates: December 2-8, 2012

Application deadline: November 1, 2012

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We invite applications from PhD students and post-docs for a one-week intensive winter school on biological and computational aspects of intrinsic motivations. The school will comprise lectures by an interdisciplinary team of leading experts in the field and hands-on work on a mini-project (data analysis, computational modeling, experiments with real or simulated robots). The school is restricted to 20 participants.




Gianluca Baldassare, Rome

Andrew Barto*, Amherst

Peter Dayan*, London

Ralf Der, Leipzig

Clay Holroyd*, Victoria

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer*, Bordeaux

Peter Redgrave, Sheffield

Constantin Rothkopf, Frankfurt

Jürgen Schmidhuber*, Lugano

Bert Shi, Hong Kong

Jochen Triesch, Frankfurt




The school will comprise lectures by leading experts in the morning and work on a small project in the afternoons and evenings. Participants will chose their project


Frankfurt is a cosmopolitan city with easy access from across the globe and it has a vibrant neuroscience community. The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) is a Foundation of the Goethe University Frankfurt and is located in the new science city Frankfurt-Riedberg.

The registration fee is 150 Euros. Costs of accommodation and meals are covered by the school. Students' travel to and from Frankfurt is expected to be covered by the student's home institution. In exceptional cases, students can apply for partial reimbursement of travel expenses. This should be indicated in the application (see below). The school is funded by the European Union project IM-CLeVeR (Intrinsically Motivated Cumulatively Learning Versatile Robots, and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.


Applications should include:

- Cover letter describing your motivation to participate in the school and your previous experience with reinforcement learning (max. 1 page)

- CV including list of publications

- Recommendation letters from 1-2 current or previous research supervisors

- Request for partial reimbursement of travel expenses (if applicable)

Applications should be sent electronically to Ms Gaby Ehlgen:

Deadline is November 1, 2012.



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