JESICS’ 3rd spring school, Cairo, Egypt, 2020

The Joint Exploratory Society for Interdisciplinary and Cognitive Studies (abbreviated JESICS or simply J6) started as a German-Egyptian research society funded within the DAAD‘s German-Arab Research partnerships from January 2015 to December 2018. The mission of J6 is to maintain an active research and educational society that fosters the advancement in artificial intelligence and cognitive science. The J6 society is currently implementing its second version of the project: a Joint development of E-Learning Services for Interdisciplinary Computing Studies, called J6+, funded also by the DAAD from March 2019 to December 2020.
During the past five years of German-Egyptian collaborations in two DAAD-funded projects, the society achieved the following:
(1)  J6 helped in migrating the German experience for performing theoretical and experimental research in artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive sciences (CogSci) to the Egyptian higher-education community via training young Egyptian post- and under-graduate students in the German partner institution’s labs during the summer periods between 2015 to 2020.
(2) J6 established the first AI laboratory at the Egyptian partner institution (the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University) with equipment that is worth more than 150,000 euros, including PCs and workstations, EEG devices, eyetracking devices, drawing tablet screens, powerful server, Internet connection, etc.
(3) J6 team actively participated in international conferences around the world (e.g., Germany, Cyprus, USA, Spain, Italy), and organized international workshops, symposia (e.g, DySKET), plus the three international spring schools held in Egypt (–> see “Studies on Intelligence & Cognition” (6cool) below, and visit the following links for the First and Second schools).
(4) J6 organized general public lectures and hands-on seminars for students and young researchers at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, in various topics such as: LaTeX typesetting, introduction to AI and machine learning, publication and research methodologies, and project management, in addition to providing soft-skill courses for free to students at the DAAD Cairo Academy.

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JESICS helped many computer science students in successfully passing two soft-skill modules for free at the DAAD Cairo Academy during summer 2019.

J6′ 3rd International spring school (6cool3):

“Studies on Intelligence & Cognition” (6cool) is a series of international spring schools that are organized by the Mathematics Department at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, in Cairo, Egypt. As one of the activities of J6+, and to further support the migration of the interest in interdisciplinary computing studies (I.C.S.), JESICS proudly organizes the THIRD interdisciplinary spring school in Cairo, Egypt, during the period 14–19/March/2020.

(N.B. The first interdisciplinary spring school in Cairo, Egypt, has been organized during the period 25–30/March/2017, the second interdisciplinary spring school has been organized during the period 14–18/April/2018).

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The school will be hosted this year in the main conference room at the Faculty of Science, under auspices of the dean of the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University. The school lays foundational background in interdisciplinary and cognitive studies for interested, young Egyptians who think to pursue interdisciplinary research but lack the guidance or the opportunity so far.

During the school days, the participants learn about a plethora of topics closely related to cognitive science (CogSci) & artificial intelligence (AI), delivered by prestigious figures in the respective fields from allover the world. The school is rich of interesting topics, international experts, student exchange, and social activities.

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The Mathematics Department Seminar room hosted part of the 2nd JeSICS Spring School’s activities.

Subjects, Speakers, and Schedule:

The lectures of the 3rd version of 6-cool give a broad overview on interdisciplinary issues related to “E-Studies on Intelligence & Cognition”. This includes:

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI + KRR),
  2. Cognitive Modeling (CogMod) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI),
  3. E-Learning applications, and
  4. Computational approaches to cognitive science (CogSci).

Here is the current list of confirmed teachers for 6cool, 2020:

  1. Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  2. Prof. Dr. Constantin A. Rothkopf (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany).
  3. Prof. Dr. M. Khairy (President of the Egyptian E-Learning University, Egypt).
  4. Prof. Dr. Haythem O. Ismail (Cairo University, Egypt).
  5. Prof. Dr. Tamer Emara (Director of Ain Shams Virtual Hospital).
  6. Dr. Stefan Schneider (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  7. Dr. Ahmed M. H. Abdelfattah (Ain Shams University, Egypt).
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Prof. Martin V. Butz (Uni. Tübingen) [2nd 6cool, April, 2018]

The International Day of Mathematics 2020:

The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide celebration. Each year on March 14 all countries will be invited to participate through activities for both students and the general public in schools, museums, libraries and other spaces. The theme for 2020 is “Mathematics is Everywhere“. People and organizations all over the world are already preparing events in their cities. Learn more about this international day, and see our 6cool event being listed as one of the celebration activities, at https://www.idm314.org/ 

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Schedule / Program:

There are generally three lecture sessions and one training session [lab] on each of the weekdays of the school (N.B. Monday is reserved for the social activities and the visit to the Pyramids/Saqqara area).
Lectures are given by expert professors, and hands-on training sessions and/or study project labs involve professors, researchers, and exchange students.
All times are sharp.
N.B. The Following is still a tentative schedule.

  • Saturday (14-March-2020) Opening Day:
    • 9:00am- Opening session: [Inauguration Speeches by the Math. Dept. Head and the Faculty of Science Dean, followed by JESICS’ 5-year Documentary]
    • 10:30am- First session: [A German-Egyptian Joint Study Project and intro. to E-Learning Platform] (by JESICS German-Egyptian Team)
    • 11:45am- Invited Talk: [The National Egyptian E-Learning University: An Overview] (Prof. Dr. M. Khairy, President of the Egyptian E-Learning University, Egypt). [E-Learning, A.I. & modern education paradigms]
    • 1:45pm- Lecture: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence  [Secrets in A.I.] (Prof. Dr. Haythem O. Ismail, Computer Science Department, the German University in Cairo [GUC]).
  • Sunday (15-March-2020):
    • 9:00am- First session: [AI][Computational Creativity]
    • 10:30am- Second session: [Interdisciplinary Challenges in AI & CogSci][Advances in Cognitive Computing]
    • 11:45am- Invited Talk: [ROAA Project: CS Student Presentation]
    • 1:45pm- A hands-on project training [Lab]
  • Tuesday (17-March-2020):
    • 9:00am- First session: [Computational Creativity]
    • 10:30- Second session: [Cognitive Modeling]
    • 11:45am- Third session: [Interdisciplinary Challenges in AI & CogSci]
    • 1:45pm- Study project: [Lab]
  • Wednesday (18-March-2020):
    • 9:00am- First session: [A.I. and hand-drawn sketch recognition]
    • 10:30am- Second session: [Future applications of Machine Learning]
    • 11:45am- Third session starts: [Virtual Reality & AI]
    • 1:45pm- Study project: [Lab]
    • Outlook and Goodbye!
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A group photo of the participants and teachers during the 2nd 6cool, 2018.

A social day @ Saqqara

There are no classes of 6-cool on Monday, 16-March-2020. This day is fully dedicated to social activities and a planned group trip by air-conditioned busses to visit one of Cairo’s most interesting places; namely, the Stepped Pyramid.

Venue:


The school is held at the main conferences room of the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Application Procedure: 

[N.B. Registration is currently CLOSED! Confirmation emails have been sent to accepted participants.]

Participation is free of charge for interested Egyptian undergraduate students or Egyptian researchers in their first years of postgraduate studies (from all related field).

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Registered participants will receive an attendance certificate

Interested young Egyptians may apply by filling-in an online application (link), or by sending an application message to Dr. Ahmed M. H. Abdel-Fattah at jesics@sci.asu.edu.eg.
[N.B. We hope that potential applicants appreciate that both our efforts to organize the school as well as their participation decisions are serious issues. A considerable amount of effort, people, money, hours of preparations, contacts, etc., have been –and will be– devoted to delivering the school and making it available for free. An applicant’s mere intention of participation is not enough; applicants need to demonstrate that they took an educated, serious decision, which they intend to commit to, and not waste any resources invested by others.]

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Acknowledgements

We’d like to express our gratitude and thanks to everyone who helped and supported the event. People in the following non-exhaustive list particularly contributed a lot. Others thankfully helped in making the event achievable, either by presentation, preparation, fund, or support in other ways:

  • Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ragaa (Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University),fos
  • Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  • Prof. Dr. Essam El-Seidy (Head of the Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University). MathLogo
  • Prof. emeritus Soheir M. Khamis (Ain Shams University).
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  • University of Osnabrück, Germany. -uos-.jpg

… and the team members of the JESICS group. We also thank you for visiting and reading this page.

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