The programme is a joint initiative of Portuguese higher education institutions delivering PhD degrees (Instituto Superior Técnico and Universidade de Coimbra), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Portuguese research institutions (LARSyS, Institute for Systems and Robotics - Coimbra, INESC-ID and the Champalimaud Foundation):
IST is the oldest, largest and most prestigious School of Engineering, Science & Technology in Portugal, with approximately 700 professors and 1,200 PhD students. IST hosts nearly 1,000 international students from 70 countries, and is a member of the prestigious CLUSTER network (www.cluster.org). IST is strongly involved in multiple international MSc and PhD Programs: Erasmus Mundus, KIC Innoenergy, IST_EPFL joint PhD, the US-Portugal Partnerships. IST participates in RBCog through the Associate Laboratories LARSYS and INESC-ID.
José Santos Victor
Maria Isabel Ribeiro
José Pinto Gaspar
University of Coimbra is involved in the programme through the faculty of science and technology (FCTUC).
||EPFL is one of the world’s best teaching and R&D institutions: in 2009, EPFL was ranked 1st in Europe and 15th worldwide in the Shanghai ranking of engineering. With 120+ nationalities, EPFL is home to 6200 undergraduates, 2000 PhD students and 1000 post-docs, and 340 research groups using excellent technological infrastructures. The team has a long record of research in robotics with a focus on cognitive systems and biological inspiration. EPFL has an iCub humanoid platform and participates in numerous EC Projects.||
José del R. Millán
||Champalimaud Foundation hosts a multidisciplinary centre for translational research of excellence, with the best possible conditions to attract and retain the best researchers, academics and medical doctors from Portugal and abroad in the fields of neurosciences and oncology. The Centre includes laboratories for basic and clinical research, an ambulatory care centre, a vivarium, an auditorium, conference rooms, teaching facilities and an exhibition area. The state-of-the-art facility for basic and clinical research and for teaching fosters front line research in molecular biology, genetics, immunology, neurosciences and behaviour, and oncology, as well as post-graduate and doctorate programmes.||
Zachary Frank Mainen
Carlos Vidal Ribeiro
M Eugenia Chiappe
IST plays a pivoting role in the program with all students benefiting from the joint supervision of one IST researcher and one from either Universidade de Coimbra, EPFL or the Champalimaud Foundation in three separate tracks. For further information see the Program Structure .
In addition to institutions involved in the RBCog-PhD consortium that provide a rich and diverse set of interaction opportunities , the programme benefits from the collaboration with a vast number of institutions, active in the area of RBCog, which will enrich the training and research experience in RBCog.
Students will participate in the following activities with leading academic and industrial institutions, extending international networking, experience and research impact:
The Associated Partner network will be a dynamic set of institutions that will change over time. The institutions below are leaders in their respective fields and cover the diversity of multidisciplinary topics in RBCog. Currently they compose the list of associated partners: