3rd Summer School on Integrating Vision and Language (iV&LSS 2017): Vision
and Language Integration in Cognitive Robotics

04–06 September 2017, Athens, Greece

Organised by ICT COST Action IC1307 The European Network on Integrating
Vision and Language (iV&L Net) - Combining Computer Vision and Language
Processing For Advanced Search, Retrieval, Annotation and Description of
Visual Data

About iV&L Net:

The explosive growth of visual and textual data (both on the Internet and
held in private repositories by diverse institutions and companies) has led
to urgent requirements in terms of search, processing and management of
digital content. Solutions for providing access to or mining such data
depend on the semantic gap between vision and language being bridged, which
in turn calls for expertise from two largely unconnected fields: Computer
Vision (CV) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). The central goal of the
iV&L Net COST Action is to build a European CV/NLP research community,
particularly targeting 4 focus themes: (i) Integrated Modelling of Vision
and Language for CV and NLP Tasks; (ii) Applications of Integrated Models;
(iii) Automatic Generation of Image & Video Descriptions; and (iv) Semantic
Image & Video Search. iV&L Net organises and funds annual training schools,
workshops, technical meetings, researcher exchange visits, data/task
benchmarking, and industry/end-user liaison.

About iV&LSS 2017:

The 2017 Summer School on Integrating Vision and Language is the third in a
series of Summer Schools aimed at bringing together Vision and Language
researchers and to provide the opportunity for cross-disciplinary teaching
and learning. The aim is that each summer school will be providing a
comprehensive body of information and learning materials about data,
methods and applications in Computer Vision, Language Processing and their
intersection, focusing particularly on the integration of vision and
language processing.

The particular focus of iV&LSS17 will be Vision and Language Integration in
Cognitive Robotic Applications. Through lectures and hands-on sessions, the
summer school will cover the needs and challenges in this newly emerging
topic, as well as the related state of the art, involving both science and

Lecture tutorials and practical sessions by:

* Luciano Fadiga, University of Ferrara and Italian Institute of
Technology: Introductory Lecture on "Vision-Language Integration in the
Human Brain"
* Raffaele Tavarone, Italian Institute of Technology: Hands on Session on
"Visuomotor and linguistic features in Automatic Speech Recognition"
* Yezhou Yang, University of Arizona:  Introductory Lecture on
"Vision-language Integration Challenges and Needs in Robotics" & related
Hands on Session
* Yiannis Aloimonos, University of Maryland: Advanced Topic Lecture on
"Latest developments in combining Cognitive Vision and Natural Language
* Vadim Tikhanoff, Italian Institute of Technology: Introductory Lecture on
"Vision and Language Integration in Cognitive Architectures for Robots" &
related Hands on Session
* Katerina Pastra, Cognitive Systems Research Institute: Introductory
Lecture on "Vision and Language Integration for Knowledge Representation"
* Dimitris Mavroeidis, Cognitive Systems Research Institute: Hands on
Session on "Using the PRAXICON multisensory, referential and recursive
Semantic Memory"

Workshop-style components:
* Research Presentations
* Poster Session
* Student Session

* Social programme including tours of Athens and dinner


The iV&LSS’17 training school is open to anyone interested in its topics,
free of charge. Researchers resident in COST countries ( ) are eligible to apply for
financial support (a 'trainee grant') of up to a maximum of €870 (depending
on country of residence and number of days attended) to enable them to
attend the training school.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the online registration
form here: net-training-school-2017/

Registration is on a first come first served basis with an absolute
deadline by August 16, 2017.

Please note that we recommend the following:
* register as soon as possible, as places are likely to be filled up within
* we will accept up to 70 registrations, 40 of which can be funded places
(through our trainee grant scheme)
* trainee grants work on a flat rate basis, i.e. they don't take into
account the actual cost of flights, accommodation, etc.
* once registered, you will get a confirmation email and guidelines
regarding booking accommodation and the school logistics
* make sure that you bring your laptop with you for the hands on sessions
and that you prepare a 10 minute presentation of your work for the student

If you have any questions regarding the training school please contact
Katerina Pastra (

iV&L Net:

Katerina Pastra, PhD
Director - Cognitive Systems Research Institute (CSRI)
Senior Researcher - Athena Research Center/ILSP
Visiting Associate Professor - University of Plymouth/CRNS
7 Makedonomachou Prantouna Street,
11525, Athens, Greece
tel. +30 211 0124543 <+30%2021%201012%204543> (301)

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