September 4th: The Triumph of Light!
The Fourth Lucia PhD School on "Artificial Intelligence and Robotics"



The fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics were strongly connected in the early days of AI, but have since diverged. Today, and with few exceptions, they are regarded as separate fields, with separate communities and scientific traditions. Typical graduate student curricula concentrate on AI or on robotics, but rarely on both. Students in one area are seldom aware of the concepts, methods, and achievements in the other one. This separation is often exacerbated by the barriers among traditional academic disciplines.

Despite this separation, many now feel that the two fields ought to be brought together towards the development of fully integrated intelligent robots. The 4th Lucia School on AI and Robotics provides a concrete step to fill this educational gap, and to create the next generation of researchers who will realize integrated intelligent robots. These researchers should be familiar with the methods in the two fields, and should be able to work across their traditional boundaries. They should combine theoretical insights from both areas with practical understanding of physical robotic systems.

This School will provide graduate students in AI and in Robotics a unique training and human experience. Students will be exposed to technologies at the forefront of research in AI and in Robotics. They will have the opportunity to discuss their research work with top level scholars as well as other students, and to extend their networks.

This School continues the tradition of successful "Lucia" Winter Schools on AI and Robotics started in 2013 (see This fourth edition of the School is special in two respects: it is the first one taking place in Summer; and it is the first one outside Sweden. In addition, this edition is scheduled between two exciting robotics conference, both taking place in Lisbon:

You may want to make the most of your time in Lisbon, and stay for those conferences as well!


The School will run for one week, Monday to Friday, September 4-8, and will offer a mixture of traditional advanced lectures and innovative features. The latter include:


Attendance and Applications

PhD students from any institution in any part of the world can apply to the School, provided they can handle any VISA requirement timely. Applications by motivated early-stage postdocs are also welcome. Applicants are not expected to have any specific previous experience in the above topics, but they are expected to have a strong background in robotics or in artificial intelligence, along with the curiosity and drive in exploring the integration between the two. Applications by women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

The total number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30. To apply for admission, send the following material to the Chair of the school:

  1. A full CV, specifying the start date of the PhD;
  2. A 1/2 page description of the PhD thesis topic;
  3. A recommendation letter by the PhD advisor;
  4. A transcript of records of the BSc and MSc courses; and
  5. A motivation letter: what do you expect to gain from the school, what experience you will bring to the school, not to exceed 1 page

Documents should be in PDF format and packed as a single ZIP or TAR archive. Applications must be received by May 10, 2017, strict and sharp deadline. Late applications will not be processed. Admission decisions will be mailed on May 22, 2017. Quality and motivation of the applicant will be the main selection criteria; balance across fields, genders, and geographical areas may be used to break ties.

There is no registration fee. Admitted students will be offered free admission to courses, course material, coffee breaks, lunches, receptions and a social dinner.


This School is supported by the Institute for Systems and Robotics/LARSyS, through its Strategic Funding FCT UID/EEA/50009/2013.


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