ISACT 2021

International Summer School on
Situation Awareness in Cognitive Technologies 2021

Theory and Application

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About the School

Cognitive technology is a trending research direction that gained also a lot of interest from the industry in the recent years. To achieve relevant applications situation awareness is important to establish a grounded assessment of interactions, actions, etc. based on the environmental elements and corresponding events. Therefore, the spring school's aim is to present the fundamental aspects of the cognitive technologies and the ideas of situation awareness which can be also discussed in an interdisciplinary context. There are three main fields to consider: perception, comprehension/interpretation and projection/assessment. Besides theoretical aspects, issues on applications and implementations are discussed. For this, human-machine interaction (HMI) provides a link between theory and application which receives special attention in this spring school. Therefore, we invited experts introducing applications in the field of cognitive technologies and cognitive robotics. In between, especially situation awareness can be also based on research in neurosciences, in particular in Brain-(Machine) Interfaces. Therefore, we encourage the participants to contribute to experiments showing the neurological basics which are connected to assistance and HMI.
This year’s edition is intended for students on Master and early PhD level. In particular, attendees will be able to extend their knowledge in both theoretical and practical aspects of cognitive technologies and situation awareness such as:

  • Cognitive theory
  • Cognitive agents
  • Human-Machine Interaction
  • Brain-Machine Interfaces.

Since the ISACT 2021 will be held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Human-Machine Systems (ICHMS), we invite all participants to submit a position paper on their research topic to the conference on special deadline conditions.
The International Summer School on Situation Awareness in Cognitive Technologies is a great opportunity for you to learn about a new technologies and applications, meet other students, discuss your ideas with experts, participant on an international conference and simply enjoy your time in the city of Magdeburg!

Dates & Application

Application Deadline: July 19th, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: July 28th, 2021
Summer School Date: September 6-11th, 2021

(Tentative) General Overview

Day 1

Cognitive Technologies: Theory and Beyond

Day 2

Situation Awareness: Theory and Beyond

Day 3

From Theory to Application

Day 4

Applications in Human-Machine Interaction

Day 5

Applications in Brain-Machine Interfaces

How To Apply?


Write a motivation letter which includes the description of you current work and possible contributions to the spring school. The document has a maximum length of two pages.

CV and Costs

Prepare a CV and provide a listing of possible travel and accommodation costs.


Create a single PDF document which comprises all documents.


Submit the PDF to til July 19th, 2021 (the latest).


The detailed program will be updated.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5


The list of lecturers (alphabetical order). Information is a matter of update.


ISACT 2021 is co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Human-Machine Systems (ICHMS), taking place in Magdeburg, Germany.

Venue & Magdeburg



Impressions of Magdeburg


List of suggested accommodations will be updated.

Organisers & Sponsors


Ronald Böck

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

Ingo Siegert

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany



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