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Saygin Lab Conference Schedule: Human Robot Interaction (HRI 2015)

Except for Society for Neuroscience (SFN) , which we attend almost every fall, we tend to go to conferences in the spring. We spend a week in Florida for the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) meeting almost every May. Members of the lab sometimes also attend Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) and the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) conferences, which typically take place in March or early April. There are also meetings in the summer such as Human Brain Mapping (HBM) and International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF), which generally take place in June, or the meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, which is usually in July or August. Summer also is a time when many lab members attend courses and training events such as Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience (aka Brain Camp) and the Cold Spring Harbor Summer Courses (e.g., Computational Neuroscience: Vision).

This spring/summer the lab is attending more conferences than usual – typically, we attend one meeting as a group and maybe another one individually or in pairs. The first half of 2015 looks like it will be pretty busy for the lab. Already in February, Burcu Urgen attended the Cambridge Representational Similarity Analysis Workshop organised by the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge University; she also travelled to visit collaborators and gave talks at University College London and Università degli Studi di Parma. Early March, a group of us are attending HRI 2015 in Portland (more below); Prof. Saygin is likely to attend CNS 2015 in San Francisco; the lab has several talks and posters at VSS 2015 in Florida and in May, as usual; and HBM 2015 is in Honolulu this June, with a small number of lab members planning to attend and present work. As the conference dates approach, we will try to post our lab’s presentations here.

Below is our group’s work at HRI 2015 in Portland, OR first eek. If you are in town, please come say hello.

In addition to the keynotes, our group has the following papers we are presenting:

  • Urgen, B.A., Li, A.X., Berka, C., Kutas., M., Ishiguro, H., Saygin, A.P. (2015) Predictive coding and the Uncanny Valley hypothesis: Evidence from electrical brain activity. Cognition: A Bridge between Robotics and Interaction, 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), March 2015, Portland, OR. [Talk: March 2, 13:45 -14:05]
  • Leonardis, E.J., Saygin, A.P. (2015) Humanoid robots and the social brain: Ethical implications. The Emerging Policy and Ethics of Human-Robot Interaction, 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), March 2015, Portland, OR.  [Panel 1, Morphology: March 2, 9:15-10:20 am]
  • Li, A.X., Florendo, M., Miller, L.M., Saygin, A.P. (2015) Robot form and motion influences social attention. 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), March 2015, Portland, OR. [Talk: March 3, Session B, 12:10-12:20; Poster: 14:40-15:10]

PS: Prof. Saygin will have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher soon and would be happy to talk to any potential candidates. The position is for someone who is interested in social cognition and HRI, and has expertise in using machine learning and preferably also neuroimaging (e.g., EEG, fMRI). If you are interested or know someone who is, try to connect with us at HRI, or another meeting in the near future.

Hope to see you in Portland!

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See also Publications, Project: Social Cognition, Artificial Agents, and the “Uncanny Valley”, Joining the lab

Spring 2011 Lab News

Angela Chan gave a talk entitled “Biological motion as a cue for attention” at the UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference on April 29!

Ayse Saygin, Burcu Urgen, and Sandra Weber have had their Vision Sciences Society (VSS) abstracts accepted and will attend the Florida meeting in May. We are sharing houses with the Rees Lab from University College London.

Angela Chan was awarded a Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship to spend this summer working in the lab. Congratulations Angela!

Our lab will participate in the Research Experience for High School Students (REHS) program again this year. We had a number of excellent applications, and are looking forward to welcoming them to our lab this summer.