COVID-19 - Update 16 April 2020
With the ongoing global travel restrictions, we understand that now is not a good time to commit to international events.
We therefore do not currently expect our Summer School 2020 to take place, but we will continue to monitor the situation closely.
Instead of a formal application we therefore encourage you to send us an informal email to firstname.lastname@example.org, which states whether you are generally interested in taking part in this year's or even next year's Summer School.
Once we made our final decision on this year's school, we will inform you and tell you how to apply, if our Summer School 2020 takes place. In the case of a cancellation, we will invite you personally to apply for next year's Summer School in 2021.
Our annual summer school gives students an in-depth look at dynamic field theory over the course of an intense and fun week. The summer school covers everything from the basics of dynamic field theory up to our latest research projects. Students learn the theoretical background in informal lectures but the main emphasis of the summer school is hands-on work on exercises and individual projects. This gives students a lot of time to collaborate and discuss in small groups and under close supervision of our tutors.
Who is this summer school for?
The summer school is aimed at students at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level, postdocs and faculty members in the areas of embodied cognition, cognitive science, developmental science, cognitive neuroscience, developmental robotics, autonomous robotics, cognitive robotics, and anyone who wants to learn about dynamic field theory.
Impressions from previous schools
FEES AND BOOK
There is a fee of 120 EUR for the summer school. Included in this fee is a copy of our book "Dynamic Thinking - A Primer on Dynamic Field Theory" and a public transport ticket valid during the summer school (KombiTicket). Additionally, participants will have to finance their own travel and stay in Bochum.
Structure of the school
The school is led by Prof. Gregor Schöner, who lectures on the concepts of DFT in the mornings. Afternoon sessions provide hands-on training working with dynamic field models in COSIVINA and CEDAR, our interactive simulation environments. Students develop their own projects during the school to learn how to apply the concepts of DFT to their home domain of interest.
For the hands-on work, the exercises and projects, we use numeric simulators. COSIVINA is a simulator for dynamic field theory that is based on Matlab and supports quick assembly of DFT models, for instance to account for human behavioral data.
The hands-on work is done in Matlab, to which a short tutorial introduction is provided.
More robotic projects can be implemented in the C++ based simulator CEDAR, which also features a graphical user interface in which core elements of DFT can be assembled without in-depth programming knowledge. For more advanced projects in CEDAR, basic knowledge of C++ is required.
Some of the topics that the summer school covers include:
- Neural dynamics and basic attractor states
- Dynamic fields
- Introduction to COSIVINA and CEDAR
- Links to neurophysiology and embodiment
- Multi-dimensional fields and multi-layer dynamics
- Spatial transformations and objects in a scene
- Developmental dynamics and preferential looking
- Sequence learning and higher level cognition
INFORMAL WELCOME DINNER
We will probably organize an informal welcome dinner on Sunday, August 30, some time in the evening. This is a good opportunity to meet the other students and tutors of the summer school in a relaxed setting before the school starts on the next day.
The schedule linked on this page is from last year's event but will be very similar. We will update it as soon as it is finalized.