[Update] Call for participation to the Summer School “Trustful AI for Industry”

Call for Participation for PhD students, practitioners, PostDocs and young researchers

(Corona Update)

Please read carefully our plan to manage potential travel restrictions. The summer school will take place in late July in France, when a strong improvement in the situation related to Covid-19 is foreseen.

In case some countries still have restrictions on travelling, the organizors will propose an innovative on-line/off-line participation allowing participants to remotely attend the keynotes and courses, and to realise the practical exercises by accessing services that are deployed in factories running in three sites (Nuremberg,  Saint-Étienne, St Gallen). Students will participate to the deployment of distributed and decentralized connected Industry 4.0.


Summer School “Trustful AI for Industry” 

27th to 31st of July 2020, in Saint-Etienne – France

We invite PhD students and early stage researchers from academia or industry to apply to the summer school we organise 27th to 31st of July 2020 on the topic of AI Technologies for Trust, Interoperability and Autonomy in Industry 4.0, in a collaboration between French and German institutions (Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Université Jean Monnet, Institute Fraunhofer SSC, University of Nuremberg)

This summer school will have a unique format where participants will be intensively working on concrete industry use cases: we plan to dedicate most of the summer school to hands-on sessions while providing an overview of the theoretical foundations underlying the practical work.

The summer school will address various aspects of AI in Industry 4.0 (or Industry of the future) with a particular focus on:

  • Knowledge graphs
  • The web of things
  • Decentralised AI
  • Responsible AI

Each of these topics will be covered in lectures and practical sessions, then applied to the industry use cases to devise potential solutions.

Expected candidates and benefits

We welcome applications from PhD students and early stage researchers that have already some knowledge in at least one of the topics above, but want to broaden their perspective and have a chance to apply their skills on real problems. The benefits for the participants are:

  • learn or improve knowledge in several areas of Artificial Intelligence
  • get in touch with high profile researchers and professors
  • build a network with other talented young researchers
  • hack together plausible solutions to stimulating real-life problems
  • have the opportunity to further develop your approach in collaboration with industry partners

How to apply

We will limit the number of participants to 30 people. Therefore, in case we receive too many applications, we will select attendees based on their résumés and cover letter. Please use the form at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ai4industry to submit them in a single file.

The registration fees are 300 € including meals, coffee breaks, lunches and special event dinner and accommodation at the student residence of Mines Saint-Étienne. Thanks to our sponsorships, some fees may be waived. If you need a fee waiver, please send us a motivation letter, and we will consider your request in the limit of our budget.

For partners of the Industrial Partners Club of the Academy, no registration fees are required.


  • Opening of application for participation: 27 February 2020
  • End of application: 15 June 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 20 June 2020
  • Deadline for registration: 30 June 2020
  • Summer school: 27-31 July 2020

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