In recent years, there has been a number of well focused summer schools designed to provide an in depth introduction of a robotics or artificial intelligence topic for young and senior researchers. These summer schools often have one-week duration and include both lectures by experts and hands on experience. This summer for example, the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence will be organizing a summer school in Collective Robotics.
The summer school “EAIA07: Collective Robotics” provides an introduction and overview into Collective Robotics methods and issues with a particular focus on the biologically inspired swarm-robotics. There will be hands-on ateliers with real and simulated robots. It is primarily intended for young researchers from industry, PhD students or postdoc researchers investigating Robotics, Swarm Intelligence, Auto-organization, Multi-Agent Systems, Evolutionary Robotics, Social Insects, and related issues.
In the past, there has been much success with summer schools on Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM.) Additionally, for the last 4 years, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) have co-sponsored some very interesting summer schools on Human-Robot Interaction, Robot Design, Haptic Interaction and Learning. Notably, the first of these schools resulted in establishing the foundations for the emerging field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) which for the last couple of years has also had its own ACM/IEEE-sponsored international conference.
For more information about the upcoming schools go to the following websites,