Advancing intuitive human-machine interaction with human-like social capabilities for education in schools




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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 765955

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SMART School on

Computational Social and Behavioral Sciences

Paris, September 5 - 7, 2018




The Summer School is co-organized with the SMART Labex, a Laboratory of Excellence on SMART Human/Machine/Human Interactions in the Digital Society (Sorbonne Université, Paris). 

SMART Labex has launched in 2015 a series of summer schools on Computational Social and Behavioral Sciences. The SMART School contributes to bridge the gap between the areas of social neuroscience, psychology and educational sciences on the one hand, and mathematics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomous agents and social signal processing on the other hand. This interdisciplinary framework will be efficient only if regulatory and ethical issues are taken into account at the early steps of the research.

This school allows completing the training of PhD students in computational sciences whom research require a background in human behavior analysis, modeling and/or synthesis.

The main topics of 2018 edition are Human Machine Interaction & Education.


  • Theories and methods for the study of emotions
  • Sensing human behaviors, emotions and sentiments
  • Computational models for Social Robotics and Embodied Conversational Agents 
  • Robots for Learning  
  • Interactive Machine Learning 
  • Ethics in Human-Machine Interaction
  • Industrial applications of Human Machine Interaction Systems in Educational Settings

Preliminary list of speakers:

  • Ruth Aylett (Heriot-Watt Univ.)
  • Tony Belpaeme (Ghent Univ., Plymouth Univ.)
  • Joost Broekens (Interactive Robotics)
  • Ginevra Castellano (Uppsala University)
  • Raja Chatila (ISIR, Sorbonne University)
  • Pierre Dillenbourg (EPFL)
  • Jonathan Gratch (USC)
  • Friedrich Hesse (University of Tuebingen)
  • Arvid Kappas (Jacobs University)
  • Vanda Luengo (LIP6, Sorbonne University)
  • Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (INRIA)
  • Ana Paiva (INESC-ID)

School application:

Ph.D. students, post-docs, junior and senior researchers are encouraged to apply.

Applications should contain:

  • CV describing the academic background, webpage, other information that you may consider important.
  • Motivation letter.
  • Student certificate.
  • Each student is strongly encouraged to submit a reference letter 

Submission through the website  


Applications to attend SMART School 2018 should be received 8 June.

Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by mid June 2018.

The school will be open to about 30 qualified, motivated and pre-selected candidates.

More details can be found in the website of the Summer School.

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