Successful completion of the International Research-centered Summer School (IRSS-2013) in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Robotics, Social Media, Digital Preservation


22 foreign and Greek students and researchers attended a pioneer summer school, focusing on robotics, cognitive systems, bio-informatics and social networks. This took place in July 2013 at the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of NCSR "Demokritos".    

Apart from interesting lectures given by leading scientists in the field of informatics, the "students" attending the school became active members of the research teams of the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of NCSR "Demokritos" for a whole month; they participated in the institute’s research on cognitive systems, interactive robotics, social media and networks, bio-informatics, and other related subjects.

As far as the subject of robot design and human-robot interaction is concerned, the students developed technologies that allow robots to move freely in space, to recognize people, to monitor speakers and to communicate in a natural and friendly language.

The teams also developed innovative methods for social network analysis, such as twitter, which can automatically identify users with the greatest influence on the network, and to draw conclusions and analyze users' views on specific issues. In addition, in the context of bio-informatics, research was conducted in order to develop methods for gene data analysis, automatically identifying genes responsible for producing specific proteins.

Each week the "students" presented their progress in their respective project, and at the conclusion of the school the best projects were selected. The first prize was given to an innovative idea which led to the development of an intelligent, self-organizing system that manages itself - without human presence or intervention - a multitude of services and data from robots, sensors, cameras, computers, other machines and people, in order to efficiently perform any given task, e.g. road traffic management.

A number of the distinguished foreign scientists and professors, working in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, social media and other innovative technologies, gave lectures at the summer school; citing some of these, it is worth mentioning Joseph Sifakis, founder of the Verimag lab in Grenoble and recipient of the Turing award, Tom Ziemke, director of the Cognition and Interaction Lab at the University of Skovde, Sweden, Anthony Stefanidis, director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence at George Mason University, USA.

This summer school, which took place in Greece for the first time, was organized by the Software and Knowledge Engineering Lab (SKEL) of NCSR "Demokritos", the Athens Technology Center (ATC) company and the Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory (IRML).

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The students, the project supervisors and the organizers of the IRSS summer school

Working with the robots