ISSA Summer School 2017


Monday, May 22, 2017 (All day) to Friday, June 2, 2017 (All day)


CiNet, Osaka University


ISSA Summer School 2017 is a jointly-organized workshop by CiNet and OIST.

The Initiative for a Synthesis in Studies of Awareness, ISSA for short, is a group of scientists and scholars advocating an integrative approach to the study of awareness. 

ISSA will organize a two-week Summer School, with plenary lectures in the morning and parallel sessions in the afternoon, in which the lecturers will lead study groups that are aimed at producing original research of publishable quality. The lectures will cover topics in various aspects of neuroscience, experimental as well as computational; theoretical physics; logic and philosophy; and various other fields in cognitive science and the study of complex systems, including artificial intelligence, artificial life, and robotics.

Date: May 22nd – June 2nd, 2017
Venue: Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet)
           Osaka University, Suita, Japan

First week: Fundamental lecturers and group discussions

  • Naotsugu Tsuchiya (Monash U)
  • Ryota Kanai (ARAYA Brain Imaging, YHouse)
  • Larissa Albantakis (U Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Dan Zahavi (U Copenhagen)
  • Jun Tani (KAIST)

Second week: Special topics and hands-on exercises

  • Shinji Nishimoto (CiNet)
  • Kaoru Amano (CiNet)
  • Noriko Yamagishi (CiNet)
  • Kenji Doya (OIST)
  • Yukie Nagai (CiNet)
  • Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka U, ATR)
  • Mariko Osaka (CiNet)
  • Piet Hut (Institute for Advanced Study, ELSI, YHouse)


  • Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet) (director: Toshio Yanagida)
  • CREST Artificial Consciousness Project (research director: Ryota Kanai)
  • CREST Social Neuroscience Project (research director: Masahiko Haruno)
  • CREST Cognitive Mirroring Project (research director: Yukie Nagai)
  • Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • KAKENHI Artificial Intelligence and Brain Science Project (head investigator: Kenji Doya)
  • KAKENHI Mental Time Project (head investigator: Shigeru Kitazawa)
  • Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
  • YHouse (executive director: Piet Hut)

For further information, visit the ISSA Summer School 2017 website.

OIST is deeply committed to the advancement of women in science, in Japan and worldwide. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Application Deadline

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (All day)

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