Summer School Brain Innovation Generation @ UCA


2nd edition:


ICT, Neuroimaging & Biology

Do you have an idea that you want to bring to the market? Are you wondering if the project you are developing is ready to leave the research lab? Are you willing to innovate in the domain of social cognition?

Inspired by the Stanford and the Oxford Biodesign program, the second edition of the BIG@UCA summer school is part of the educational activities proposed in the context of the UCA IdexJedi project MNC3 (‘Médecine Numérique: Cerveau Cognition Comportement’ – ‘Digital Medicine: Brain, Cognition, Behavior’ ). The summer school is organized by the CoBTeK laboratory of the UNS, in collaboration with the INRIA teams EPIONE and STARS and by the Association IA.

The summer school offers to graduate (and eventually master) students and early-stage professionals coming from different cultures (health, technology and business) the possibility to follow a short intensive training to promote the development of innovation in the domain of social cognition, in particular concerning the assessment, prevention and treatment of social cognition impairments. A variety of methods will be presented, including new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), neuroimaging, and methods derived from biology. During the summer school, participants will learn the principles to:

  • Identify medical needs for which there is not only clinical and scientific interest, but also a possible available market, in order to suggest the development of solutions with chances of being commercialized;
  • Invent a solution bringing together competence from different domains;
  • Implement and validate this solution.

The mission of BIG@UCA summer school is to offer to an interactive and motivated international group of participants an innovative and stimulating course associating theory, group work, and personal reflection. Participants will also have the unique possibility to observe patients through videos of clinical cases, and to learn how to develop a participatory design, where the patient is not a mere “object” of observation, but is active part of the innovation process.

At the end of the summer school, participants will have the instruments to identify an innovation opportunity in the domain of social cognition, and will have a clear picture of the steps necessary to start its development. 

Duration and location

27 – 31 August 2018 (5 days)

The course will be mainly hold in Nice (France), at the Institut Claude Pompidou (10 rue Molière), a pilot clinical institute welcoming patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders from early diagnosis to long-term support. Visits will be organize to the Children’s Hospitals of Nice CHU-Lenval, a centre recognized for the treatment of children with social cognition disorders, such as autism and post-traumatic stress disorders. Visits will also be organized at the INRIA in Sophia Antipolis, an internationally recognized technical research center developing, among others, hardware and software applications for social cognition in the health domain (monitoring systems, emotion and facial expression recognition algorithms, MRI data analysis techniques).

Summer school methods

The summer school will employ a wide range of teaching methods, including presentation of theoretical frameworks and contents by guest lecturers, moments of personal work and reflection, group work and idea sharing, and personal coaching. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to observe videos of real patients in a clinical setting.

Access to the program

This summer school is It is a part of the educational activities of the UCA IdexJedi project MNC3 (Médecine Numérique: Cerveau Cognition Comportement).

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