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The Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology summer school 5-16 September 2016.

29 Aug 2016 - 10:04

Next week the 9th edition of BCBT will start!

This BCBT2016 edition is organized in collaboration with the EU projects socSMCs (Socializing Sensorimotor Contingencies) - A FET Proactive Horizon 2020 funded research project. The summer school has been part of a series of events organized by the European coordination action Convergent Science Network of Biomimetics and Neurotechnology (  Since 2008, the school is hosted by the group SPECS at the Unversitat Pompeu Fabra campus of PobleNou

BCBT is positioned at the interface between biology and future and emerging technologies with an emphasis on the principles underlying brains and their translation to avant-garde technologies. This is the 9th year of BCBT, which ran with great success in previous years thanks to an excellent line-up of outstanding speakers (see for previous editions of the school)

Participants. This year the BCBT will see the participation of about 50-60 people including 35 students from Europe and worldwide. The atmosphere of the school is informal with the goal to stimulate in-depth discussion. Talks take place in the morning, usually only 2, with the afternoons reserved for tutorials and projects for students or further discussion for senior scientists.

For the 2016 edition we have planned a 1st week (5th-9th Sept) addressing "Neural basis of social interaction "  while the 2nd week (12th - 16th Sept) will be addressing "Socializing Sensorimotor Contingencies".

Speakers Week1                                                       Speakers Week2 
Zeki Semir         Neuroesthetics, UCl, UK                      Francesco Ferro. Pal Robotics, Barcelona Spain
Tony Prescott     Univ of Sheffield, UK                           Peter Konig. Universität Osnabrück, Osnabrück, DE.
Jose Halloy         Université Paris Diderot, France           John-Dylan Haynes. Universitätsmedizin Berlin, DE
Daniel Polani       University of Hertfordshire, UK            Justin Williams. The University of Aberdeen, UK
Ivan Herreros      UPF Barcelona, Spain                         Andreas Engel. Univ. Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, DE
Paul Vesrchure     UPF Barcelona, Spain                         Julian Kiverstein. University of Amsterdam (NL)
Xerxes Arsiwalla.  UPF Barcelona, Spain                         Harold Bekkering. Radboud University Nijmegen (NL)
Jonatas Manzolli.  Univ. Campinas, Brazil

Friday 16th Sept. is reserved for the student projects presentations to which everybody is invited. This year, the students projects will be integrated and implemented to produce a multimodal human, AI, robotics avant-garde performance.

Paul Verschure (BCBT chair, SPECS, UPF and ICREA, Barcelona)
Andreas K. Engel (BCBT chair,  University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, DE)
Anna Mura (BCBT chair, SPECS, UPF, Barcelona)