ISSA Summer School 2017

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 Summer School 2017

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

Second week: Special topics and hands-on exercises


We invite graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to participate in the summer school. Organizers will provide lodging for all accepted students and travel support for selected students. The applications will be open till December 25, 2016 at this web site. The result of selection, based on the research interest, educational background, and the balance of gender and geographic origins, will be notified by February 2017.  


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



Neural Computation Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
ncus (at)