Ghent University, VAIA and Utrecht University are organising the Human-Robot Interaction Winter School on Embodied AI from 5 to 7 December 2022 in Ghent, Belgium.
The Winter School is aimed at early-career researchers (i.e. PhD students and postdocs - Master's students are welcome as well) doing research in the fields of embodied AI and Human-Robot Interaction, no matter your background or perspective. We will provide you with introductions, inspiration, and hands-on work in a varied programme that showcases the interdisciplinarity of our fields.Topics that will be covered include multi-modal interaction, emotions and social signal processing, NLP in embodied AI, participatory design, ethics, and human-robot interaction in real-world applications. Most importantly: you’ll spend three days in a vibrant group of interesting researchers and experienced mentors - in the beautiful city of Ghent!
09:00 - Opening Ceremony and Programme Overview
09:10 - Keynote: Prof. Dr. Tony Belpaeme - Human-Robot Interaction as a uniting research endeavour
10:30 - Tutorial: Nils Hagberg - Using the Furhat robot for Natural Language Understanding
13:00 - Keynote: Dr. An Jacobs - How to study future human robot interaction in the wild
14:00 - Keynote: Dr. Zerrin Yumak - Embodied Virtual Agents
15:00 - Keynote: Dr. Katleen Gabriels - On Artificial Moral Agents
17:00 - Visiting the Robot Lab
09:00 - Opening and Overview
09:10 - Keynote: Prof. Dr. Arvid Kappas - The Crux with Emtions: They're a headache, but you can't be happy without them
10:30 - Tutorial: Nikhil Churamani - Facial Affect Recognition
13:00 - Tutorial: Dr. Katie Winkle - Participatory Design
14:30 - Tutorial: Dr. Ruud Hortensius - Quantative Methods
16:00 - Poster Presentation (Group 1)
17:00 - Tutorial: Prof. Dr. Mark Neerincx - Experimental Design
18:30 - Scheduled end of the sessions
19:30 - Dinner: De Abt, Lange Kruisstraat 4, 9000 Gent
09:00 - Opening and Overview
09:10 - Tutorial & Demo: Prof. Dr. Maaike Bleeker - Performing Arts and Robotics
11:00 - Tutorial: Dr. Maartje De Graaf - AI in Society and Robot Rights
13:30 - Keynote: Dr. Oliver Lemon - Conversational HRI - coordinating human-robot teams with Natural Language
14:30 - Tutorial: Dr. Thomas Demeester - Introduction to Natural Language Processing
16:00 - Poster Presentaion (Group 2)
17:00 - Keynote: Thomas Winters - Can computers have a sense of humour?
18:00 - Closing Remarks
Registrations are open now until October 21st. We ask a participation fee (for participants from non-flemish universities) of 100 EUR which covers all courses and social events - you only have to arrange your own transport and accomodation. Participants do not have to pay the participation fee during registration process. All participants will be notified about acceptance and will then be requested to make the participation fee payement at a later date. There are no refunds in case of a cancellation less than one week before the start of the event. More information about the content of the programme and practical details can be found on this website.
The Winterschool will take place both at library 'De Krook' as well as 'Het Pand'. Both locations are in the city center of Ghent.
De Krook is a library and media center in Ghent. It is an initiative of the city of Ghent, Ghent University and IMEC, and describes itself as “a place of inspiration for knowledge, culture and innovation” in the city. The library opened its doors on 10 March 2017, though construction was not fully completed until a year later. Its name refers to the curve (“krook”) of the river Scheldt that wraps around the northern and eastern sides of the site, and to its district, the Waalse Krook.
All these hotels are located at walking distance from the main venue, De Krook (Miriam Makebaplein 1, 9000 Gent):
When arriving in Brussels Airport, please take a train to Gent-Sint-Pieters at the Airport Train Station. This is located below the terminal (basement level -1). There is one fast direct train from Brussels Airport to Gent-Sint-Pieters per hour. The journey takes about 1 hour. There is also a slower direct train (via Aalst-Alost) that takes 1.5 hours. If you cannot take the direct train, you can also take any train to Brussels Central Station and change there to a train that does go to Gent-Sint-Pieters directly. Train schedules can be found at belgianrail.be.
When arriving in Ghent, you can take tram 1 (goes every 6 minutes) or tram 24 (goes every 20 minutes) to the city center. The stop Korenmarkt is closest to the congress center where the HRI Winterschool 2022 takes place.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi in front of Gent-Sint-Pieters station (down the slope on the left side when you exist the station). A taxi ride should cost around 15 EUR and takes appr. 15 minutes depending on traffic.
In case you arrive by car, it’s easiest to park in Interparking Gent Zuid (Zuidparklaan, 9000 Gent), which is located just outside the low emission zone. From there, De Kook is only 130m walking. A day ticket costs 16 EUR. Note that inside the inner ring, some cars are not allowed without a proper permit due to the low emission zone. More information is available on the website of the city of Ghent.