Artificial and augmented sensing for humans and humanoids
Rescheduled June 2021, Genova (Italy)

Summer school rescheduled in 2021

Dear all,
due to the dramatic situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Summer School on NeuroEngineering, which was originally scheduled on July 13-17 in Genoa (Italy). Please know that our thoughts are with all those affected by the outbreak and their relatives.
The health and safety of our members, speakers and students is our first priority. For these reasons, it is not feasible to hold our School in July.
However, our plan is to reschedule the event in 2021, tentatively in June.
Thank you very much for your collaboration, support and understanding throughout this difficult situation.
We hope that all of you and your families are doing well and stay healthy, and we remain at your disposal for any further information.

Best regards,
The Organizers

About The Event

Brief description

The NeuroEngineering School, pioneered by Prof. M. Grattarola in 2000 with the First European School of Neuroengineering, was offered in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2018. This edition will focus on perception and on how it influences human movements and robot control. Specifically, the focus will be on how the somatosensory system and its artificial analogues process and integrate movement, force and tactile information.


The NeuroEngineering School aims to introduce PhD students and post-docs from different backgrounds (engineering, life sciences, physics) to the basis of human somatosensation and the computational and technological methods to integrate sensing in robots.  The first two days will provide an overview of somatosensory process mechanisms at the physical, behavioural, biomechanical, and neural level, including implications for motor control and learning. 
Then we will provide the basis for understanding the artificial tactile-proprioceptive sensing and feedback.The following three days will develop this topic in three translational fields: (1) neurorehabilitation (2) prosthetics and sensory restoration; (3) robotics: humanoids and robot-assisted surgery. 


The NeuroEngineering School will take place from 13rd to 17th July 2020.  The activities will include plenary lectures by internationally recognized experts operating at the interface between Neuroscience, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Participants will then be divided in focused discussion groups, whose activities will include hands on computational and laboratory activities.

We will organize poster sessions for the PhD students attending the school, during which they will present their research in an interactive form. An award committee will select the best poster based both on the quality of the work and the presentation.
Finally, we will also offer exhibition opportunities for the companies working in these fields, which will present their technologies for all the duration of the school.

Who's Speaking?

Astrid M.L. Kappers
Astrid M.L. KappersFundamental and Applied Haptics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)a.m.l.kappers(AT)
    Tamar Makin
    Tamar MakinCognitive Neuroscience University College Londont.makin(AT)
      Marco Controzzi
      Marco ControzziScuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisamarco.controzzi(AT)
        Kaspar Althoefer
        Kaspar AlthoeferQueen Mary University of London k.althoefer(AT)
          Nicholas G. Hatsopoulos
          Nicholas G. HatsopoulosUniversity of Chicagonicho(AT)
            Antonio Bicchi
            Antonio BicchiResearch Center "E. Piaggio'' of the University of Pisa - Italian Institute of Technology antonio.bicchi(AT)
              Vincent Hayward
              Vincent HaywardInstitut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotiquehayward(AT)
                Lorenzo Masia
                Lorenzo MasiaHeidelberg Universitylorenzo.masia(AT)
                  Pietro Avanzini
                  Pietro AvanziniCNR - Italy (Parma)pietro.avanzini(AT)
                    Stanisa Raspopovic
                    Stanisa RaspopovicDepartement Gesundheitswissenschaften und Technologie stanisa.raspopovic(AT)
                      Giorgio Metta
                      Giorgio MettaIstituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)giorgio.metta(AT)
                        Francesco Nori
                        Francesco NoriHead of Robotics Lab - DeepMind Google UKfrancesco.nori(AT)
                          Gordon Cheng
                          Gordon Cheng TUM – Technical University of Munichgordon(AT)
                            Stephen Scott
                            Stephen ScottDepartment of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen's University.steve.scott(AT)
                              Alessandra Sciutti
                              Alessandra SciuttiIIT Central Research Labs Genovaalessandra.sciutti(AT)
                                Brayda Luca
                                Brayda LucaFounder, CEO at Acoesis - Genovaluca.brayda(AT)
                                  Lorenzo Natale
                                  Lorenzo NataleIIT iCub Facility Department Genovalorenzo.natale(AT)




                                    Gabriele Arnulfo
                                    Gabriele ArnulfoUniversity of Genova (Dibris)
                                      Fulvio Mastrogiovanni
                                      Fulvio MastrogiovanniUniversity of Genova (Dibris)
                                        Maura Casadio
                                        Maura CasadioUniversity of Genova (Dibris)
                                          Andrea Canessa
                                          Andrea CanessaUniversity of Genova (Dibris)
                                            Marco Fato
                                            Marco FatoUniversity of Genova (Dibris)
                                              Matteo Bianchi
                                              Matteo BianchiUniversity of Pisa
                                                Ilana Nisky
                                                Ilana NiskyBen-Gurion university
                                                  Francesco Nori
                                                  Francesco NoriIIT (Genova)

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                                                    Our Address

                                                    Department of Informatics, Bioengineering,
                                                    Robotics and Systems Engineering
                                                    Viale Causa 13 A - 16145 Genova GE


                                                    Casa Paganini (Scuola Politecnica)
                                                    Piazza di Santa Maria in Passione, 34
                                                    The summer school will be held 13 to 17 July 2020 at Casa Paganini.
                                                    The building is a monumental site, full of frescoes and archaeological finds. The current residence - obtained from the ancient convent complex of Santa Maria delle Grazie la Nuova in the heart of the oldest Genoa and restored by the Liguria Region - includes a 230-seat auditorium, a foyer, a matroneum, information atelier and museum spaces.

                                                    How to reach us

                                                    By Plane : VOLABUS is the AMT shuttle bus service departing from Cristoforo Colombo airport to Brignole and Principe Train Stations, crossing the city centre. In 30 minutes you can get the arrival terminal or the city centre by a coach fully equipped with any comfort and a big luggage van.
                                                    VOLABUS is a direct daily, comfortable service running 7 days a week, stopping at few pick up points (to airport only pick up, from airport only drop off). Alternatively, a taxi ride between the airport and the city centre costs approximately € 30-20.

                                                    By Train : The nearest train station to the Casa Paganini is Genova Brignole. There are numerous Intercity trains from Milan Central to Genova Principe (some of them continue to Brignole), approximately one every hour. There are also Eurostar, Intercity, Frecciarossa trains from RomaTermini and Turin.

                                                    Trasportation within the city : To access Casa Paganini there are regular buses with stops located near the Genova Brignole Train Station.