Winter School on Artificial Intelligence

and Innovation (AI&I 2018)

01/28/2018 - 02/03/2018

Hills Hotel, Laguna Hills, California

Registration deadline: 06/30/2017


It is generally accepted that Artificial Intelligence will be the most important technology in the near future that may impact almost every part of our society and life.


Artificial Intelligence is the ability of a computing machine to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. The term is frequently applied to the project of developing systems endowed with the intellectual processes characteristic of humans, such as the ability to reason, discover meaning, generalize, or learn from past experiences. Since the development of the digital computer in the 1940s, it has been demonstrated that computers can be programmed to carry out very complex tasks - for example, discovering proofs for mathematical theorems or playing chess - with great proficiency.


Still, despite continuing advances in computer processing speed and memory capacity, there are yet no programs that can match human flexibility over wider domains or in tasks requiring much everyday knowledge. On the other hand, some programs have attained the performance levels of human experts and professionals in performing certain specific tasks in applications as diverse as medical diagnosis, computer search engines, voice or handwriting recognition, etc.


Thus, the aim of this school is to provide students with a complete overview of the knowledge related to Artificial Intelligence and Innovation. The school is organized as a set of theoretical lectures followed by hands-on sessions. A set of evening talks by renown researchers in the winter school will complement the main school activities by exposing students to the latest results in the field.



This winter school will cover the following topics:

  • Classic and modern artificial intelligence

  • Data structures, algorithms, and computer science

  • Semantic computing

  • Robotic intelligence

  • Virtual reality

  • Applications in sciences, medicine, humanity, business, agriculture, etc.


Location and Dates


The school will be co-located with the 12th IEEE International Conference of Semantic Computing (ICSC, and the 2nd IEEE International Conference of Robotic Computing ((IRC, at the Hills Hotel (Laguna Hills, California).




The school begins in the morning of Sunday, January 28, 2018 (participants are expected to arrive Saturday, January 27), and finishes in the morning of Saturday, February 3rd.



The school is open to international secondary school students. Prospective participants should email their name, affiliation, and CV to: no later than:


December 15th, 2017


Applications will be acknowledged within three business days, and notification of acceptance will be made on December 20th, 2017.


Please note that the number of spaces is extremely limited and granted on a first come, first serve basis so we recommend that students register as early as possible.


Organizing Committee and Faculty


General Co-Chairs (of IEEE ICSC 2018 and IEEE IRC 2018):


Davide Brugali, University of Bergamo, Italy

Dick Bulterman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan

Atsushi Kitazawa, NEC Solution Innovators, Japan

Jean-Claude Latombe, Stanford University, USA

David Ostrowski, Ford, USA

Jeffrey Tsai, Asia University, Taiwan

Phillip Sheu, University of California, Irvine, USA


Winter School Co-Principals:


Cristiane Chaves Gattaz, Centro Universitário da FEI, Brazil

Daniela D'Auria, University of Naples Federico II, Italy           


The faculty of the winter school will be invited from the organizing team, invited speakers, and participants of IEEE ICSC 2018 and IEEE IRC 2018.




The winter school is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Semantic Computing ( and the Ram School (




For further information, detailed schedule of the teaching and hands-on sessions please visit or write to .



The winter school offers two options for residency: hotel stay and cultural immersion home stay. Two students will be assigned to a room. While attending the program students will be supervised by counsellors, who are typically college students in their sophomre and junior years of study. Students are not allowed to leave the program without prior written parental consent unless it is a school sponsored event or related to their course. 

Health Services: Any student seeking health services will be required to bring the Parental Consent form (this will be provided once the student is accepted into the program) with them at the time of treatment. All students must also come with their personal health care card issued to them by a health care provider. The school can arrange short-term health insurance if needed.


Additional Information: Upon confirmation of the registration, a special information packet will be emailed to each student. This packet will include the following forms:

  • Parental Consent & Release Form (parental permission to attend the program)

  • Medical history form