ESF Research Conferences

ESF-JSPS Frontier Science Conference for Young Researchers


Chaired by


University of TokyoFaculty of Engineering, Nakamura and Yamane LaboratoryDepartment of Mechano-InformaticsGraduate School of Information Science and TechnologyTokyoJapan
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)Polytechnical University of CatalunyaInstitut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial (IRI)BarcelonaSpain
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)Polytechnical University of CatalunyaInstitut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial (IRI)BarcelonaSpain


9-15 March 2008


Shonan Village Center, Kanagawa, Japan
The conference will take place at the Shonan Village Center, in the city of Kanagawa, which is situated approximately 50 km south-west of Tokyo. The center is located on a hill commanding a view of Mt. Fuji and overlooking Sagami Bay. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Tokyo Narita airport on arrival and departure days.

Final Programme

© Shonan Village Center

Cognitive robotics is where the frontier of science meets that of technology. Neuroscience focuses on the nature of neurons and the brain. Cognitive science studies the nature of the human mind. It is a contemporary effort of science to bridge the gap between the neuron and the mind, and to explain the workings of the human mind as a whole. The challenge of this study lies on the definition and representation ofmind, as well as on the difficulty of performing repeatable experiments.

Robotics provides scientists with a means to reproduce experiments for testing their theoretical hypotheses. Recent advances of robotics technology have made possible the development of complex anthropomorphic mechanical systems. The application of such technology is unlimited and will cover all aspects of human life. The grand challenge of cognitive robotics is on achieving natural and intelligent interaction of robots with humans. A variety of hypotheses in neuroscience and cognitive science suggest possible constructive paths for sharing information between the robotics systems themselves, and with humans.

The ESF-JSPS Frontier Science Conference Series for Young Researchers will illuminate the crossroads of science and technology by inviting young researchers who are actively working in the fields of cognitive science and robotics, as well as those who are interested in learning these subjects. The lecturers are eminent researchers leading the fields in Europe and Japan. The week-long series of lectures, discussions, and communication aim not only at providing young researchers with the state-of-the-art knowledge, but also at injecting them the fuel of intellectual curiosity to go beyond the crossroads.

Final Programme PDF (174 KB) Last Updated 14-February-2008
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

Participants whose abstracts have been accepted as short talks have been informed.

All other abstracts are accepted as posters.

Poster size should be no more than 180 cm high x 120 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (253 KB)

Buses will be arranged on arrival day from Tokyo Narita airport to Shonan Village Center. The journey takes approximately 3 hours, depending on traffic.

Bus departure times – To be announced

Group transportation back to Tokyo Narita airport will be arranged in a similar way for the departure day.

Please note that all speakers and participants will be accommodated in SINGLE rooms.

ESF Contact

Senior Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2020
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 08-231 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).