BMW Summer School: Intelligent Cars on Digital Roads–Frontiers in Machine Intelligence, 9-14 July 2017, Germany

Publish Date: May 07, 2017

Deadline: May 22, 2017

The BMW Summer School 

Intelligent Cars on Digital Roads – Frontiers in Machine Intelligence

Bad Wörishofen, Bavaria, Germany.
July 09-14, 2017. Extended Submission Deadline May 22, 2017.

BMW Group Research and Technology, EURECOM and the Technische Universität München (TUM), with the support of Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum (BFHZ), jointly organise the annual BMW Summer School for Ph.D. students and junior scientists. 

Mobility is currently dominated by a number of powerful trends. Urbanization and de-carbonization are calling for new concepts. Autonomous driving, electromobility, car sharing, and digital information and communication technologies have begun to fundamentally change the landscape. Beyond sustainability, competition is increasingly focusing on all-encompassing service, maximized use of drive time, digital real-time economy and deep integration within the internet of things. Under the hood, this is providing some exciting and challenging application areas for artificial intelligence. Beyond industrialization of advanced sensor technologies, advances in machine learning and computer vision are behind all but most breakthroughs in autonomous driving. Means to organize personal mobility and intelligently deliver a wealth of digital services along the way are skills to be developed by emerging Intelligent Personal Assistants. And cognitive capabilities are promising to let the robots in our cars interact with humans in a natural, intuitive way. The future of intelligent cars has just begun – help shape it during this exciting summer school. 

Mark your Calendars

This year, we will be holding the annual BMW Summer School on July 09-14, 2017close to the home of renowned Alpina Automobiles in Bad Wörishofen. We are soliciting original contributions from international PhD students with a particular interest in shaping the future of individual mobility. 

Topics of the 2017 BMW Summer School: 

  • Advanced sensing and intelligent vehicle control
  • Computer vision, complex scene interpretation, motion prediction
  • Connectivity, cognitive cloud and machine learning at the edge
  • Neuromorphic systems
  • Learning strategies for personalisation and intelligent recommendations
  • IoT, the realtime business, intelligent service architecture, and realtime data analytics
  • Multi-Modal Interaction, Natural Language Understanding and Natural Language Generation
  • Realtime Context Interpretation
  • Data Privacy Protection, Privacy by Design, and Privacy Impact Assesment for Intelligent Systems

Submission details 

We are seeking multi-disciplinary interaction, hence are encouraging contributions from a broad number of fields such as software developers, engineers, psychologists, IoT evangelists, urban sociology and culture, urban development, business management / service management, multi-modal mobility, digital transformation experts, AI experts, and futurologists.

Contributions will be as single poster to be presented during the summer school. Submission are required to be full poster submissions. The poster, a 1-page description of your research activities, a letter of motivation, together with a short CV (including list of publications and/or academic achievements) is to be submitted online.

Scientific programme committee: 

  • Paul Alibert (Bureau de Coopération Universitaire, french embassy)
  • Martin Arend (BMW Group)
  • Prof. Jörg Conradt (TUM)
  • Cornelia Denk (BMW Group)
  • Prof. Ulrich Finger (EURECOM), co-chair
  • Thomas Goldbrunner (TUM)
  • Prof. Jérôme Haerri (EURECOM)
  • Prof. Andreas Herkersdorf (TUM), co-chair
  • Axel Honsdorf (BFHZ)
  • Prof. Benoit Huet (EURECOM)
  • Prof. Patrick Loiseau (EURECOM)
  • Prof. Jörg Ott (TUM)
  • Prof. Hannemor Keidel (TUM)
  • Reinhard Stolle (BMW Group)
  • Mario Tokarz (BMW Group)
  • Hans-Jörg Vögel (BMW Group)

Contact and organizing committee: 

  • Christine Astor (BMW Group)
  • Cornelia Denk (BMW Group)
  • Axel Honsdorf (BFHZ), co-chair
  • Sebastian Herold (BMW Group)
  • Antoinette Humeau (BFHZ)
  • Doreen Huenteler (BMW Group)
  • Bianca Kusterer (BMW Group)
  • Valentina Nikolova (BMW Group)
  • Stefanie Schindler (BMW Group)
  • Stefanie Trautwein (BMW Group)
  • Hans-Jörg Vögel (BMW Group), chair 
  • Contact the organizing team at:

The programme will consist of a number of invited talks, poster sessions, interactive workshop sessions with hands-on experience, but also offer ample opportunity for international exchange, socializing, including a fireside chat with BMW executives and a boathouse dinner.


Participation in the BMW Summer School is subordinated to a review process, to assess qualification and relevance of your submission. Full applications require:

  1. Title of your poster,
  2. Full poster (formatted for DIN A1)
  3. Three or more keywords to describe your work,
  4. Description of your PhD topic (PDF format): max 1 page,
  5. Letter of motivation - why do you want to participate to the summer school, how your topic fits into the topic of the school, and - if applicable - a short explanation of your needs in case you are applying for a grant (see below): max 1 page (PDF format),
  6. Short CV, including list of publications and/or academic achievements

The submission process is handled via easychair. Once you have prepared all the requested documents, you can apply via the link below. For your submission, you will need an easychair account: if you do not have one, you will automatically be invited to create it. When adding a new submission, please fill in the title, the abstract and the keywords in the designated fields in the submission form, and upload the remaining requested documents as PDF attachments.


Partial travel grants and registration fee waivers are available and will be awarded by BMW Group.

Grants are made to help eligible students to attend the BMW Summer School. Each grant covers the stay of one student in the official hotel, by a complimentary waiver of the registration fee covering full room and board. There is a limited number of grants and therefore will be offered on a competitive basis.
The Scientific Committee will decide on grants based on the material submitted (see APPLICATION above). The order of poster submission will be accounted for, so that earlier submissions will have higher chances of winning a grant.
Only authors of an accepted poster to the BMW Summer School 2017 are eligible for these grants.

In case you intend to apply for a grant, please prepare a letter of your supervisor elaborating on your achievements and confirming the need for financial support. This letter may be submitted together with your poster submission, but at the latest after your poster's acceptance to the summer school.

The grant is only intended to cover room costs and board.Applicants are expected to make their own travel arrangements and have other sources with which to fund their travel. Should this not be the case, students may also apply for partial travel grants. 


The BMW Summer School is a full week event hosted at Steigenberger Hotel in Bad Wörishofen, Germany. Full room and board are included in your registration fee.

Ph.D. Candidates:

997 €

Regular participants including Post-Docs, Professors, and Industry:

720 €

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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