Summer School Brain Innovation Generation @ UCA


The summer school will last 5 full days. Each day, an invited lecturer will deliver an inspiring lecture in the morning, followed by extensive group discussions. The discussion will continue during the lunch break, organized on place, and in the afternoon participants will be divided in small groups, and asked to work to the development of new ideas, focusing on the topic of the day. Personal coaching and moments of individual work will also be organized in the afternoon.

The main course topics, adapted from the Stanford Biodesign course, are the following: 


Date: August 27th
Where: Institut Claude Pompidou (ICP), Nice

8h45 – 9h00 (Ground floor)

  • Registration

9h00 – 12h00 (‘Salle de réunion’, first floor)

  • Welcome and general introduction. Philippe Robert, Université Cote d’Azur, Susanne Thummler, CoBTeK and Autism Resources Center of Nice
  • Introduction of the summer school program. Valeria Manera, Université Cote d’Azur; Joseph Sfeir, Litepoint, California
  • Individual introductions and poster presentations

12h00 – 13h00

  • Lunch at the ICP

13h – 15h (‘Salle de réunion’, first floor)

  • Keynote: Biodesign: Needs-driven innovation. Maarten De Vos, Director of Oxford Biodesign Programme

15h – 17h

  • Group projects (1)

Date: August 28th
Topic: IDENTIFY (Needs findings and screening)

Where: Institut Claude Pompidou, Nice

10h00- 12h00 (‘Salle de réunion’, first floor)

  • The biology of social cognition: animal studies & molecular mechanisms. Barbara Bardoni, Thomas Maurin, IPMC of Sophia Antipolis
  • Mouse models for evaluating social cognition impairments. Thomas Lorivel, IPMC of Sophia Antipolis

12h00 – 13h00

  • Lunch at the ICP

13h – 15h (‘Salle polyvalente’, ground floor) – Conference open to researchers

  • Neurocomputational mechanisms of social behaviour and links to apathy. Patricia Lockwood, University of Oxford

15h – 16h (‘Salle d’activités’, ground floor)

  • Clinical case study. Philippe Robert, Université Cote d’Azur
  • Ki-Element, a startup woking on speech analysis.

16h – 17h (‘Salle d’activités’, ground floor)

  • Summary of the main concepts: Identify & screen clinical needs. Valeria Manera

 17h – 18h

  • Group projects (2)

Date: August 29th
Where: Lenval Pediatric Hospital

9h00 – 12h00 (Salle : Lenval Pediatric Hospital)

  • Designing for inclusion: participatory design of digital technologies for autism. Sarah Parsons, University of Southampton
  • Discussion

12h00 – 13h00

  • Lunch at Lenval

13h00 – 15h00 (Salle : Lenval Pediatric Hospital)

  • Visit and introduction of the Lenval Hospital. Susanne Thummler
  • Technological solutions developed for social cognition deficits in autism and other pediatric populations. Sylvie Serret, Jérémy Bougeois, Stephanie Hun

15h00 – 17h00

  • Group projects (3)


  • Social dinner, Nice 

Date: August 30st
Where: INRIA, Sophia Antipolis

8h30 – 9h30

  • Travel to INRIA

9h30 – 11h00 (Salle Euler Violet)

  • Brain imaging, biology, and the MNC3 project, Marco Lorenzi, EPIONE, INRIA Sophia Antipolis

11h00 – 12h00 (Salle Euler Violet)

  • From Research to Business (and Back!), Examples of Innovation in Healthcare at Inria, Maxime Sermesant, EPIONE, INRIA Sophia Antipolis

12h00 – 13h30

  • Lunch at the INRIA

13h30 – 16h00 (Salle Euler Violet)

  • ICT sensors for health & social cognition. STARS team, Francois Bremond, Antitza Dantcheva.
  • Ekinnox, a startup coming out from STARS team, Baptiste Fosty

16h00 – 17h00 (Salle Euler Violet)

  • Summary of the main concepts: Concept generation & concept selection. Valeria Manera

17h00 – 18h00

  • Travel back to Nice

Date: August 31st
Where: Institut Claude Pompidou, Nice

9h – 12h (‘Salle de réunion’, first floor)

  • Business, marketing and financing strategy. Joseph Sfeir

12h00 – 13h00

  • Lunch at the ICP

13h – 15h (‘Salle polyvalente’, ground floor) – Conference open to researchers

  • Initial Coin Offering as an opportunity to finance medical startups. Paul Mears, Crypto Investor, Monaco

15h – 17h (‘Salle d’activités’, ground floor)

  • Group projects (5)

17h : (‘Salle de réunion’, first floor)

  • Presentation of the group projects
  • Conclusion remarks. Valeria Manera, Joseph Sfeir, Philippe Robert