About

With this symposium, we aim to facilitate discussion between leading neuroscientists and roboticists interested in discovering algorithms for selecting and executing actions. The speakers will describe state-of-the-art studies investigating action selection, decision-making, motor control, cognition, active sensing, and multimodal integration in flies, rodents, models, and robots.

Speakers

Silvia Arber
Biozentrum Basel - Switzerland

Biozentrum Basel - Switzerland

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Silvia Arber
Biozentrum Basel - Switzerland
Daniel Huber
University of Geneva - Switzerland

University of Geneva - Switzerland

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Daniel Huber
University of Geneva - Switzerland
Yulia Sandamirskaya
University of Zurich - Switzerland

University of Zurich - Switzerland

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Yulia Sandamirskaya
University of Zurich - Switzerland
Ansgar Büschges
University of Cologne - Germany

University of Cologne - Germany

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Ansgar Büschges
University of Cologne - Germany
Mitsuo Kawato
CNS ATR - Japan

CNS ATR - Japan

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Mitsuo Kawato
CNS ATR - Japan
Stefan Schaal
USC Los Angeles - USA

USC Los Angeles - USA

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Stefan Schaal
USC Los Angeles - USA
Rui Costa
Columbia University - USA

Champalimaud
” Starting new actions and learning from it”

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Rui Costa
Columbia University - USA
Mackenzie Mathis
Harvard University - USA

Harvard University - USA

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Mackenzie Mathis
Harvard University - USA
Terrence Stewart
University of Waterloo - Canada

University of Waterloo - Canada

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Terrence Stewart
University of Waterloo - Canada
Silvia Daun
University of Cologne - Germany

University of Cologne - Germany

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Silvia Daun
University of Cologne - Germany
Tony Prescott
University of Sheffield - UK

University of Sheffield - UK

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Tony Prescott
University of Sheffield - UK
Barbara Webb
University of Edinburgh - UK

University of Edinburgh - UK

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Barbara Webb
University of Edinburgh - UK

Organizers

Auke Ijspeert
Bioengineering - EPFL - Switzerland

Bioengineering
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Switzerland

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Auke Ijspeert
Bioengineering - EPFL - Switzerland
Carl Petersen
Brain Mind Institute - EPFL - Switzerland

Brain Mind Institute
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Switzerland

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Carl Petersen
Brain Mind Institute - EPFL - Switzerland
Pavan Ramdya
Brain Mind Institute & Bioengineering - EPFL - Switzerland

Brain Mind Institute & Bioengineering
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Switzerland

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Pavan Ramdya
Brain Mind Institute & Bioengineering - EPFL - Switzerland
08:20-08:50

Registration

08:50-09:00

 

Session 1 – Embodied robots and computational models

Chair : Auke Ijspeert
Yulia Sandamirskaya

University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

09:30-09:40

09:40-09:55

09:55-10:00

10:30-10:40

10:40-11:10

Terrence Stewart

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

11:40-11:50

11:50-12:05

12:05-12:10

Barbara Webb

University of Edinburgh - UK

12:40-12:50

 

Session 2 – Decision making and action selection

Chair : Carl Petersen
Tony Prescott

University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

14:30-14:40

14:40-14:55

14:55-15:00

Daniel Huber

University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

15:30-15:40

15:40-16:10

Rui Costa

Columbia University, New York, USA

16:40-16:50

16:50-17:05

17:05-17:10

17:10-17:40

TBD

Stefan Schaal

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

17:40-17:50

 

Session 3 – Motor control

Chair : Pavan Ramdya
Silvia Arber

Biozentrum, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

09:30-09:40

9:55-10:00

Silvia Daun

University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

10:30-10:40

10:40-11:10

Mackenzie Mathis

Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

11:40-11:50

11:50-12:05

12:05-12:10

12:40-12:50

Registration Fees

Registrations are now closed

Student
For all Master & PhD students from Swiss universities*
Free
Included :
Access to lecture room
Coffee breaks
Lunch
Happy hour
Others
.
100 CHF
Included :
Access to lecture room
Coffee breaks
Lunch
Happy hour

*If you are an EPFL PhD student and wish to attend this symposium with the exam to receive 1 credit, please sign-up in your study plan for BIO-693(6) through the ISA student portal. The registration conditions for this PhD course are the usual ones. LNDS students, please consult the conditions on the UNIL website.

Cancellation policy

We kindly request you to notify us in advance if you cannot attend the symposium but have already registered. Unfortunately, attendance fees cannot be returned, but you can transfer your place to another person from your institution by emailing brain_mind@epfl.ch.

Abstract submission

Abstract submissions are now closed

Please submit abstracts by emailing : brain_mind@epfl.ch with subject : BMS 12.2018 abstract submission and indicate whether you wish that your abstract should be considered for a short talk

 

If your contribution has been accepted for poster, please prepare a poster size A0 : 119 × 84 cm (height x width) // Vertical. The posters do not have to be sent in advance; please take yours along on the first day of the conference, where they can be put up before the welcome address.

Abstract preparation and format

Please submit a title of no more than 20 words, and keep your abstract to no more than 300 words. Together with this, please also submit affiliations of all authors, sticking to the following format.

 

Adams, A.(1), Smith, S.(1,2), & Jones, J.(2),
1 Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, USA
2 Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Switzerland.
Corresponding author: a.adams@harvard.edu

Practical information

Check out the FAQs to find the answers to common questions. Can't find your question answered here? Contact us.

When will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place from 3rd to 4th of December, 2018

Where will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place in the SV1717 room located on the EPFL campus.

Accomodation

Recommended options for accommodation include the Starling Hotel and the Swisstech Hotel for proximity of the conference venue, the Lausanne Guesthouse for budget accommodation.

Other options include the Hotel Ibis-Centre, Hotel Elite and Hotel Alpha-Palmiers.

Please also see the Lausanne Tourist Office for a comprehensive list of hotels in Lausanne.

Other options include the Hotel Ibis-Centre, Hotel Elite and Hotel Alpha-Palmiers.

Please also see the Lausanne Tourist Office for a comprehensive list of hotels in Lausanne.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to assist attendees with the booking of their accommodation.

From Geneve airport (Cointrin) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 45 minutes. There are 3 departures per hour. Most connections are direct from the “Geneve aéroport” bus station to Lausanne.

You will find the timetables at this adress :

From Zurich airport (Kloten) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. Some trains have a connection in Bern or  Zürich Hauptbahnhof (Zürich HB). Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Zürich Flughafen”.

From Bâle airport (EuroAirport) to Lausanne

There isn’t any train station in the airport. You’ll have to take a shuttle to the central railway station (Basel SBB) which takes about 20 minutes. The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. There will be a connection weather in Berne or Bienne. Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Basel Airport”.

Coming by train

All train timetables can be find through this link :

From Paris to Lausanne

4 TGV per day connect Paris-Gare de Lyon to Lausanne. The journey is direct and takes about 4 hours.

From Lyon to Lausanne

The journey from Lyon-Part-Dieu” to Lausanne takes 2½ heures. There is a train every 2 hours. Please note that there is a connection in Genève.

From Milan to Lausanne

From Milan central train station, the journey takes 4 hours (3 hours with the cisalpin). There is a departure every 2 hours. Usually there is no connection.

Getting to the conference

Due to severely restricted parking availabilities on EPFL grounds, we strongly recommend using taxi or public transportation to get there. You can reach EPFL using metro line M1 from Lausanne or Renens, bus lines 701 from Morges and 31 from Ecublens/Renens/Prilly.

If driving is the only option, you can purchase parking tickets at the meeting reception desk (CHF 10 for the day).

Public transportation

Please buy a ticket for the needed number of zones (between 3 and 4CHF)

  • From Lausanne (20 to 30 minutes)

From Lausanne, take the M2 from the CFF train station (next to the Mc Donald). Go down at the Flon stop and take the M1 in direction of Renens and go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL campus to the SV building.

  • From Renens (20mn)

Take the bus n°31 in direction of “Venoge Sud” go down at the stop “Paqueret”, don’t forget to press the red button in the bus to ask the bus to stop. Then walk to the SV building.

Or take the metro m1 in direction of Lausanne Flon, go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL to the SV building.

  • By Uber

There are Uber drivers in Lausanne. Please download the app on your phone to book a ride.

  • By taxi

Find below the link to the website of Lausanne taxis.

Meals

EPFL Campus offers a variety of restaurants open to the public.

The coffee breaks and the lunch and aperitif on Dec 3rd are included in the registration fee and will be served in the SV hall.

Will I be able to connect to the internet ?

Wireless internet access will be granted to the symposium participants: please ask for details at the welcome desk.

Event location

Here, you will find directions to the conference venue. More space to meet and network!