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BCBT 2018 : Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summer School


When Sep 3, 2018 - Sep 14, 2018
Where Barcelona
Submission Deadline Jul 20, 2018
Categories    school   brain   cognition   technology

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Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summer School (BCBT2018)
Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia, Barcelona, UPC, Spain.
3-14 September 2018

Join us for the annual "Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology summer school - BCBT2018 " to be held 3-14 September 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

The summer school has been part of a series of events organized by the European coordination action Convergent Science Network of Biomimetics and Neurotechnology (
For the 2018 edition of the BCBT summer school, we are counting on the support of the Human Brain Project (HBP,, the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC, ) and the UPC Campus Besòs (

This is the 11th edition of BCBT, which has run with great success in previous years thanks to an excellent line-up of outstanding speakers including Nobel Laureate winner Edvard Moser and luminaries in the fields of neurosciences, psychology, biology, robotics and AI, such as M. Arbib, S. Grilner, G. Rizzolatti, among many. (see for previous editions).

The BCBT lectures are available online at the ConvergentScienceNetwork_lectures youtube channel with the BCBT podcast interviews with many of the BCBT speakers.

BCBT caters to students and researchers involved in projects that are in the ambit of "BIO-ICT convergence", "Brain Inspired ICT", "Cognitive systems-robotics", "Cognitive and neural systems", "Foundations of social cognition". The BCBT school promotes a shared systems-level understanding of the functional architecture of the brain and its possible emulation in artificial systems.
BCBT will offer up to 30 student slots for the practical workshops, while as many researchers can register to attend the presentations and discussion sessions as they are interested.
The atmosphere of the BCBT summer school is informal with the goal to stimulate in-depth discussion.
There are 2 or 3 presentations in the morning, with the afternoons reserved for tutorials and projects for student participants and senior scientists with road-mapping workshops and further discussion. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with the research
infrastructure developed in the HBP.

For the 2018 edition, we plan a 1st week of the school addressing System level understanding of the brain and its emulation in advanced technology. The 2nd week will include presentations aimed at the investigation of Learning and Memory, Brain Function and Behavior. Friday 14 is reserved for the presentation of the student projects to which everybody is invited.

Application deadline: 20 July 2018

BCBT is organized by:
- Tony Prescott, Sheffield University, UK
- Paul Verschure. ICREA and IBEC Barcelona, ES
- Anna Mura, IBEC Barcelona, ES

In collaboration with
- Viktoria Tipotsch, HBP Education Programme, AT

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