Meeting information
Useful information for attending the spring school

Poster and Demo Session

We encourage each participant of IK to present their latest research projects at the IK Poster and Demo Sessions. The IK Poster and Demo Sessions are a great opportunity to present what you or your group are working on, get in touch with students and researchers who are interested in related issues, and exchange ideas. If you would like to prestent a poster, please download the following poster abstract templates and follow the instructions contained therein. Please submit your poster abstract only after you have received positive confirmation of your registration.

IK Poster abstract template in Word format: ik_2016_poster_abstract_template.docx

IK Poster abstract template in PDF format: ik_2016_poster_abstract_template.pdf

The maximum size for posters is A0 (841 x 1189 mm) and the orientation should be portrait format. If, for any reason, you are not able to adhere to these specifications, please let us know in advance. You will not be able to print your poster at IK, so please do that in advance and bring your poster with you to IK.

We also encourage you to bring demos of the work described on your poster. These may include videos, AI or programs, robots or hardware demonstrations, or anything else that you feel might give an impression of your work. Simply let us know if you plan on giving a demo when submitting your poster abstract and what your needs are (audiovisual equipment, space). We will do our best to accommodate you. If you have any questions concerning the poster and demo session or abstract submission please do not hesitate to contact us at

The submissions are not anonymous and will be reviewed briefly by a committee composed of members of the executive committee. The reviews will assure that the posters adhere to standards of scientific work and publishing while inviting a broad range of work to be presented during the poster and demo sessions.

Submission dealine is 1st February 2018.

Rainbow courses

If the schedule allows, selected poster presenters will be given the opportunity to additionally present their research during a "Rainbow Course". Each of these consists of a single 60 to 90-minute session which will be integrated into the main program, in parallel to the normal courses. The availability and number of slots for these courses will depend on how the main schedule develops during the week of IK. While we cannot guarantee any slots for Rainbow Courses, our experience with previous IKs suggests that there will be several times during which Rainbow Courses can be incorporated into the main program.

Potential Rainbow Courses should cover an exciting field of research within artificial intelligence, cognitive science, neuroscience or neural computation; it does not necessarily have to be within the focus theme of the IK. The course should give an up-to-date summary of your field of research, be accessible to all IK participants, and also give a more detailed overview of your own research.

Participants interested in giving a Rainbow Course should attach to their poster application a PDF file containing an abstract of the intended course (max. one page), a short CV (one or two paragraphs) and a list of relevant publications and communications. Applications will be considered regardless of the academic status of the applicant (undergraduate, graduate student, PhD student, etc.). The selection process will be based on the importance of the research theme for the IK, on the prospective quality of the course, and the availability of a time slot. We will try our best to decide prior to IK whether a particular Rainbow Course fits into the schedule; however, this can only be determined conclusively during IK.

Again, if you have any question with regard to the Rainbow Courses, please contact us at

Travel information

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Travelling by train. Take advantage of the discounted German Railway (DB) rates for in- and outbound travels to GI events, such as the Interdisciplinary College, with Deutsche Bahn. You get these rates here:


You may call Taxi Schulte at Soest (phone +49 (0)2921-620-61 oder -63) and refer to Heinrich-Luebke-Haus. In this case they should not charge more than 22€.

Of course you will be expecting – and rightly so – very interesting courses and evening lectures. But this is not all there is to the IK. The house and its facilities offer plenty of opportunities for getting to know each other on other levels besides scientific discourse.

Apart from the obligatory indoor pool and sauna/solarium you may play skittles, billiard or table-tennis. The surroundings are perfect for jogging or those of you who prefer outdoor exercise. As a welcome contrast to all those sporting activities, the evenings around the fireplace and the piano will offer a chance to get together and have a spontaneous musical session, so bring any musical instruments you might want to play.

Those who want to keep on discussing until the crack of dawn can settle down in the bar downstairs with an ample offer of wine and beer.

A grand favourite of all is the famous After-Dinner-Tuesday-Night when everybody who feels like it can join and contribute to a programme of cabaret and music. Hence unsuspected talents have come to light on this occasion! As there also will be some hot dancing in the disco don’t forget to bring along your favourite music!

On Wednesday morning you’ll have three options: either get a clear head after a night of revelry, by coming along on a hike, simply stay in bed and sleep in or go for an expedition to the wall of Möhnesee.(only on reasonable demand)

Your packing list should therefore include sweaters and hiking boots, sneakers (for table-tennis and skittles), table-tennis rackets, swimming things, sports outfit, musical instruments, CD’s and the like. And maybe something suitable for dressing up a bit in preparation for the grand event on Tuesday night.

By now you should be bursting with curiosity and pleasant anticipation! However, should you have anymore questions you feel you should ask, just contact me by phone or email, you may contact me by phone +49 171 20 77 089 or at the conference place +49 2924 806-0 from March, 8.


Accommodation is not included in the conference fee (see further below).

Usually, participants will take accommodation in the Heinrich-Lübke-Haus for the duration of the Interdisciplinary College.

Single room 510 EUR (p. P.)

  • Double room 430 EUR (p. P.)
  • Triple room 310 EUR (p. P.)

For participants taking external accommodation, a fee is charged for coffee breaks, meals, and the conference dinner.

  • External accomodation 300 EUR

ECTS credit points for IK participation

One week of IK participation represents one very intense week of interdisciplinary academic training on a mostly graduate level. Some universities have acknowledged this academic substance by awarding ECTS credit points for attending students. It lies in the discretion of the student's home university how many credit points are given, and what students are eligible (e.g., graduate and/or undergraduate, or only for students enrolled in academic programs related to the IK themes). As of August 2015, the following institutions grant 2 to 4 ECTS credit points for IK participations:

  • University of Köln
  • University of Osnabrück
  • Jacobs University Bremen
  • University of Vienna
  • University of Tübingen (Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience)
  • University of Oldenburg (students of the master programs MSc Neurocognitive Psychology and MSc Neuroscience get 3 ECTS)       

Note that specific regulations apply at these institutions, e.g. ECTS credits may be acknowledged only for specific study programs or after an application of the student to the institution.

The organizers of the IK encourages student participants to approache the academic offices of their home institutions and suggest to them to give ECTS credits for an IK participation. An information package and support in approaching university officials can be requested from Herbert Jaeger.


Registration will be open in October or November  and is open until February, 9, 2018 at In order to register click on the register link of the website. With your registration you will automatically get an IK member account.

Early bird registration by January, 7, 2018.

Registration will be treated on a first come-first serve basis. Your registration will only be effective after you have received a written confirmation and invoice.

Once registration is open you can register via this link.


Members of supporting institutions
i.e., Gesellschaft für Informatik and Gesellschaft für Kognitionswissenschaft members

Normal fees 600 EUR (early bird: 500 EUR)
PhD students ** 300 EUR (early bird: 240 EUR)
students * 120 EUR (early bird: 100 EUR)



Normal fees 1,000 EUR (early bird: 800 EUR)
PhD students ** 400 EUR (early bird: 320 EUR)
Students * 170 EUR (early bird: 140 EUR)



* proof of student status has to be included with application, only students not older than 27 will receive student reduction

** PhD-students with part-time contracts.

Course materials are included in the conference fee.

Payment and Cancellation


Money transfer must be completed for regular registration by February, 3 and for early bird by January, 14, 2018. Delays will result in an additional fee of 50 €.


If cancellation is received in writing before February, 9, 2018, you will be refunded minus 30 € handling fee. For cancellations received after that date, no refunds will be made.

Please wire the money to the following bank account:

Gesellschaft für Informatik
Sparkasse KölnBonn
Account No. 10637
Bank Code 370 501 98
Keyword: IK 2017
IBAN: DE68 3705 0198 0000 0106 37


Participants lacking financial support may apply for a scholarship to support their board & lodging. To apply you need to specify in your registration that you would like to apply for a stipend. Stipends and must be submitted by December, 31, 2017.


Christine Harms

Schillerstrasse 8
D-53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Tel.: +49 (0)2641/903578
Fax.: +49 (0)2641/903580

Sarah Schulz, University of Stuttgart

Tarek R. Besold, University of Bremen

Event Location


Zur Hude 9

59519 Möhnesee-Günne



Phone: +49 (0) 2924 / 806-0

Fax: +49 (0) 2924 / 806-402