10 March 2011

The EXBODIED MIND: Motion in Communication and Cognition Research

Call for papers

The EXBODIED MIND: Motion in Communication and Cognition Research

When: April 8-9, 2011 (Fri-Sat)
Where: RWTH Aachen University, Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany


We cordially invite students, postdocs, faculty, and other researchers in the area of action and language/communication to pre-register for the Exbodied Mind Workshop.

The theory of the embodied mind is based on the premise that general and linguistic cognition are grounded in the bodily interaction with the physical and social environment. This interdisciplinary workshop turns these premises inside-out and focuses on how patterns of physical motion and multimodal integration, for instance of speech and gesture, may give insights into the "exbodied" mind and brain.

Participants have the option to present their related current work as a poster.


__________INVITED SPEAKERS__________

-- FRIDAY, APRIL 8 --

__"Cognition, Language and the Body"__

Sotaro Kita (U of Birmingham, UK): “Gesture, language and cognition”

Robert Williams (Lawrence U, Wisconsin, USA): "Gesture, Conceptualization, and Distributed Cognition"

Nick Enfield (MPI Nijmegen, NL): “Rational heuristics for semiotic unification”


__"Human Computer Interaction / Brain-Computer Interfaces"__

Ipke Wachsmuth (U of Bielefeld, DE): “Modeling Empathy in a Virtual Human”

Mikko Sams (U of Helsinki, FI): "Studying neural mechanisms of intersubjectivity"

Nikolaus Weiskopf (Univ College London, UK): “Real-time fMRI used as a brain-computer interface”


-- SATURDAY, APRIL 9 --

__"Cognitive Neuroscience"__

Anna Borghi (U of Bologna, IT): “Affordances, tools, and words as social tools”

Giovanni Buccino (U of Parma, IT): TBA

Joachim Hermsdoerfer (TU Munich, DE): “What movement analyses can contribute to the understanding of tool use
representations in healthy subjects and apraxic patients”



__________VENUE__________
SuperC, 6th floor
RWTH Aachen University
Templergraben 57
Aachen, Germany


__________REGISTRATION FEE__________
€20 for non-RWTH Aachen staff/students. This includes attendance at all sessions, refreshments, and light
lunches on the two days of the workshop.


__________PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE__________
March 18, 2011

To pre-register:
http://www.humtec.rwth-aachen.de/exbodiedmindworkshop/exbodiedreg.html

However, places are limited. Pre-registration will close prior to deadline if maximum number of registrants has been reached.

Please also indicate during pre-registration, which days you would like to attend, and whether you would like to present a poster. If you would like to present a poster, please submit a title and an abstract (max 250 words). The workshop committee will select as many posters for presentation as space will allow.

For more info and updates:
@
http://www.humtec.rwth-aachen.de/index.php?article_id=602&clang=0

Please email any workshop-related questions to Gina (joue@humtec.rwth-aachen.de)


Organizers:
Natural Media & Engineering, HumTec
Irene Mittelberg, Vito Evola, Sukeshini Grandhi, Gina Joue
http://www.humtec.rwth-aachen.de/naturalmedia


Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF-BIOMAT), University Hospital Aachen
Ferdinand Binkofski, Klaus Mathiak, Klaus Willmes, Anna Pohl
http://www.izkf.rwth-aachen.de/


This workshop is supported by the Funds of the Interdisciplinary Fora of RWTH Aachen, JARA-BRAIN (J├╝lich Aachen Research Alliance), and the German Research Foundation (DFG, IRTG 1328).



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