IEEE-RAM International Winter School on Artificial Intelligence

and Innovation (AI&I W2018)

01/29/2018 - 02/11/2018

Co-located with IEEE ICSC and IEEE IRC

Hills Hotel, Laguna Hills, California

Registration deadline: 12/15/2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has grown with a long history but just recently began to impact our daily life. Starting with a concise introduction of the Python programming language, the course covers the basics of computer science and modern artificial intelligence, some representative applications of AI, and the huge possibilities beyond our imagination (e.g., AI with virtual reality and e-commerce).  The course also includes a project component that each student will have the opportunity to design and implement a part of an AI problem solver. The course assumes no technical background. It is offered with a general mission to bridge high education and K12 students and to provide cross cultural as well as interdisciplinary knowledge to the layman.

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).


Audience: International students from secondary school.


Schedule: The school begins in the morning of Monday, January 29, 2018 (Students are expected to arrive Sunday, January 28), and finishes in the morning of Sunday, February 11.


Tuition: USD$1,000 per person


International Package (optional): For details please contact


Application: The registration consists of three steps (to be completed before 12/15/2017):

  1. Complete and return the registration form by email to

  2. All students from secondary school are required to submit a letter from a school official verifying that they are an enrolled student in good standing as well as a copy of their past semesters transcript (this does not need to be an official copy). Both documents should be emailed to

  3. We will confirm the acceptance by email. Upon our confirmation please proceed to the payment process.


Language: All courses will be taught in English.


Residency: The winter school offers two options: 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.


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




Faculty: The faculty of the winter school is led by Dr. Phillip Sheu, a fellow of IEEE and a pioneer in semantic computing, robotic computing and intelligence, biomedical computing, and multimedia computing. He received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EECS from U.C. Berkeley. He is currently a Professor of EECS, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering at U.C. Irvine. Other faculty members include:

  • Dr. Joseph Barr, Auritas, USA (Data science and business intelligence)

  • Dr. Daniela D'Auria, University of Naples Federico II, Italy (Biomedical computing and robotic computing)

  • Dr. Cristiane Chaves Gattaz, Embrapa Instrumentation, Brazil (Agriculture and needs engineering)

  • Dr. Wesley Mendes-Da-Silva,FGV, Brazil (Finance and business)

  • Dr. Fabio Persia, Free University of Bolzano, Italy (Multimedia computing and virtual reality)

  • Dr. David Ostrowski, Ford Motors, USA (Big data)

  • Dr. Giovanni Pilato, National Research Council, Italy (Cognitive and social computing)

  • Dr. Sonia Ramamoorthy, University of California, San Diego, USA (Medicine)


Distinguished Speakers: Distinguished speakers will be invited from IEEE ICSC 2018 and IEEE IRC 2018.


Social Activities: Students will be invited to join the social activities of the IEEE ICSC 2018 and IEEE IRC 2018 conferences and interact with international experts.


Certificates: Certificates will be presented for successful completion of the curriculum.


Tours: Tours are organized between February 5 and February 10, including, but are not limited to, the University of California (UCI, UCLA, UCSB, and UCSD), Disneyland, Hollywood and Universal Studio, Los Angeles, San Diego.


Sponsors:The winter school is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Semantic Computing (TCSEM), the Ram School, and the University of California, Irvine.

Course Outline (01/29/2018 - 02/04/2018):