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    It is our pleasure to announce the first European Computational Motor
    Control Summer School, which will take place at the Mas des
    Violettes, a pleasant southern French countryside setting near
    Montpellier, from Sunday June 15th to Saturday June 21st, 2014.

    The overall organization will be a morning lecture and an afternoon
    Matlab-tutorial, each taught by internationally acclaimed researchers
    in the field:
    - Monday: Introduction to human motor control and learning .
    Jeroen Smeets (AM) and David Franklin (PM)
    - Tuesday: Neuro-mechanics. Francisco Valero-Cuevas (AM) and
    James Finley (PM)
    - Wednesday: Motor Control. Etienne Burdet (AM) and Nathanael
    Jarrassé, Emmanuel Guigon (PM)
    - Thursday: Lectures by PM faculty, LIRMM and M2H Euromov
    researchers (AM); outdoor activities (PM)
    - Friday: Motor Learning. Stefan Schaal (AM) and Michael Mistry (PM)

    We will also have student presentations, outdoors activities (canoe,
    hiking in the Garrigue…), “aperitifs”, visit of Saint
    Guilhem-le-Desert, wine cave visits, banquet, etc. So we expect this
    summer school to be instructive, fun, as well as a good networking

    The long-term goal of this summer school, which is made possible in
    large part by a grant from the multidisciplinary large–scale NUMEV
    initiative in Montpellier, is to promote the field of Computational
    Motor Control in Europe in general, and in France in particular, as
    the field is not as developed as it is in the US. Other sponsors
    include the Division of Physical Therapy and Biokinesiology at USC,
    and the M2H Euromov laboratory in Montpellier.

    The prime target applicants are PhD students and post-doctoral
    fellows, but applications from junior researchers will be considered.
    No knowledge of computational motor control, or motor control, is
    necessary to attend. However, students are expected to know Matlab
    and have a good level in mathematics, in particular basics in linear
    algebra and differential equations. Some knowledge in systems
    neuroscience would be preferable. Each student will need to bring
    his/her laptop with Matlab pre-installed.

    To apply for participation, please email a CV and a brief statement
    of purpose to Nicolas Schweighofer at (please use
    "Summer school: your name" as title). Note that place is very limited
    and application is therefore likely to be competitive. The first 15
    accepted students will have reduced fees of 450 Euros (others 500
    Euros). This fee will cover the course, accommodation, complete full
    room and board, all activities, and transportation to and from
    downtown Montpellier (France) on Sunday 15th PM and Saturday 21st AM.
    The payment will have to be made by May 9th via bank transfer.

    And finally, for those of you ready to relax and party after this
    week of intense work, Saturday 21st evening is “la fete de la
    Musique” in France, and Montpellier is party-town all night long – no
    need for a hotel room (this is of course out of the summer school program)!

    We hope to see you in June at the Mas des Violettes!

    Nicolas Schweighofer
    Denis Mottet
    Phillipe Fraisse
    David Guiraud

    Nicolas Schweighofer, PhD
    Associate Professor,
    Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
    University of Southern California