The Latin American Summer School on Cognitive Robotics (LACORO) outlines a program addressing not only the engineering basis of Cognitive Robotics but also aspects of Human Cognition to give participants the intellectual tools necessary to communicate and collaborate with other communities involved in cognitive sciences.

We aim to foster regional collaboration in Cognitive Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence Research applied to Robotics. Although this is an international event and we expect participants and speakers from everywhere in the world, we believe it is imperative to host these types of events in Latin America to establish a robust research community in the American continent. Moreover, we think it is essential hosting educational events such as Summer Schools in Latin America because most events are held in the Northern Hemisphere and often the schedule conflicts with teaching activities in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Summer School provides state-of-the-art lectures and tutorial on cognitive robotics to the attendees. However, we also want to facilitate access to state-of-the-art research on Cognitive Robotics to anyone interested in Cognitive Robotics by making the lectures and tutorials freely available on a streaming platform such as Youtube or Vimeo.

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The inaugural version of the LACORO is co-located with the
10th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL)

LACORO 2020 Important Dates

Registration Opens Wednesday, 1st April 2020
Early Registration Pricing Ends Wednesday, 1st July 2020
Registration Closes Friday, 28th August 2020
ACM-W Grant Application Opens Wednesday, 1st April 2020
ACM-W Grant Application Closes Monday, 15th June 2020
ACM-W Grant Notification Tuesday, 30th June 2020
Dinner Saturday, 5th September 2020
LACORO 4 – 5 September 2020

LACORO 2020 Venue

The Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (USM) was founded in 1926 and built by the donation of the Chilean philanthropist Federico Santa María. The USM is a prestigious technical university.

A solid education has marked the history of the University in Engineering, Science and Technology, and by the promotion of an integral spirit through the development of culture, physical and sports activities, solidarity activities and entrepreneurial skills ... USM specialises in the following areas: Electronics, Mining, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Informatics, Business, Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics), Aeronautics, Architecture, Construction, and Environmental Sciences, among others.

Rector, Professor Darcy Fuenzalida O'Shee

The University is easily accessible by public transportation. From Santiago International Airport: 1 hour 30 min by bus. From the city of Valparaíso or Viña del Mar: 5 minutes by taxi, 10 minutes by subway or bus, 20 minutes walking.

Album from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.

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LACORO 2020 Registration

The registration process for candidate attendees starts by filling out an online form and uploading a couple of documents. The organizing committee will then evaluate the applications and select a limited number of participants. Those selected will receive a notification of acceptance starting . We will continue to accept applications until the participation is full. More details below.

How to Apply:

To apply to the summer school, fill out the online application form, please read these instructions carefully. Your application should include:

  • your information,
  • submit a motivation letter no longer than 2000 characters, stating why you want to participate and what you hope to gain from doing so, and
  • Submit a 2-pages curriculum vitae.

If you are requesting financial support for transportation to the venue, additional documentation is required. See the Travel Grants section below.

Registration Fee:

There are no registration fees for students or academics. The registration fee for other participants is 200 USD. Payment information will be provided to the participants in the notification of acceptance email. The registration covers:
  • Admission to all tutorials and supervised laboratories,
  • Coffee breaks during the days of the summer school,
  • Group activity, lunch, and a social dinner.
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LACORO 2020 Speakers


María José Escobar
María José Escobar

Electronics Engineering Department, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile

LACORO 2020 Sponsors


Aarhus University, Department of Engineering

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

Centro de Innovación y Robótica