Schedule

 

Sunday, June 9, 2019
Azur Pool
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sign-in and get your welcome package at the Conference Hospitality Desk

WELCOME DINNER
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Enjoy a Maya Buffet
Musical Group at 7pm
Mariachi at 9pm
8:00 p.m. Welcome by Conference Chair Pepe Contreras-Vidal (University of Houston)
IGS President Claudio De Stefano (University of Cassino and Southern Latium)

 

Monday, June 10, 2019
Conference Center Room Aqua 2
Neuroaesthetics, Creativity & the Neuroscience of Graphonomic Skills
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

PLENARY TALK: Embodied Writing in Material Contexts: Towards Uncovering Neural Representations and Creativity

Cristina Rivera-Garza
Distinguished Professor, Hispanic Studies + Creative Writing
Director of PhD Creative Writing in Spanish
University of Houston

Abstract: Writing is not an ethereal and mysterious activity better left unexplored, but a practice that engages both body and material surroundings. Based on collaborative and interdisciplinary work with the NSF BRAIN Center at the University of Houston, we have closely followed the creative process of a group of bilingual students enrolled in an undergraduate creative writing workshop that asked them to develop writing exercises while physically engaging with a predominantly Mexican neighborhood surrounding the main campus. We measured brain activity as students prepared for and developed writing exercises, and as they participated both in walking tours and in writing workshops. As this data allowed us to measure change over the course of the semester, it became clear that heightening awareness of the embodied nature of the creative and writing process resulted in writing practices that transcended established notions of genre, generating cross-genre pieces of sound aesthetic value. It also invited a greater cross- and interdisciplinary exploration of text and image, and a more conscious and innovative use of the page space. Data gathered in this format has allowed us to compare and contrast the brain activity of creative writers as they wrote in Spanish and/or in English—an emerging area in the ample field of neuroscience. Furthermore, because students were able to see and interrogate how their own brains behaved while writing, they connected practices usually perceived as unrelated such as science and creative writing.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Panel: How the creative and aesthetic experiences engage the human mind and promote creativity and innovation in fine motor skills?
Chair: Pepe Contreras-Vidal (University of Houston, Houston, TX)

This panel (15 min/speaker) is dedicated to summarizing the state-of-the-art, and/or identifying issues put forth in recent research on neuroaesthetics and creativity in fine motor skills.

  • Speaker 1 (University 1): Title 1
  • Speaker 2 (University 2): Title 2
  • Speaker 3 (University 3): Title 3
  • Speaker 4 (University 4): Title 4
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Open Forum and Discussion
ART & SCIENCE CAFÉ
Aqua Room 1A-C
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Poster Session 1 and Technology Demonstrations

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

SPECIAL SESSION: Brain-Machine-Interfaces for Grasping and Manipulation: From Basic to Clinical Applications
Chairs: Surjo Soekdar (University Hospital of Tubigen, Germany) and Jose Azorin (Universidad Miguel del Elche, Spain)

This session will review emergent neurotechnologies for restoration and rehabilitation of hand function after brain injury or neurological disease (15 min/speaker).

  • Speaker 1 (University 1): Title 1
  • Speaker 2 (University 2): Title 2
  • Speaker 3 (University 3): Title 3
  • Speaker 4 (University 4): Title 4
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Open Forum and Discussion
ART&SCIENCE COMIDA
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch with your newly found research partners at one of these restaurants:

  • Azur: Mediterranean cuisine and buffet.
  • Sea Corner: Seafood with a view.
  • Varenna: Italian gourmet cuisine under the trees.
  • Siete: Mexican cuisine in a sophisticated space of Mexican and pop art.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Developmental sensorimotor control in the drawing, music, painting, handwriting and other fine motor skills.
Chair: Angello Marcelli

This panel will discuss the development of fine motor skills in the creative arts and educational settings (15 min/speaker).

  • Speaker 1 (University 1): Title 1
  • Speaker 2 (University 2): Title 2
  • Speaker 3 (University 3): Title 3
  • Speaker 4 (University 4): Title 4
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Open Forum and Discussion
ARTFUL SCIENCE PERFORMANCES

4:00-5:00pm

Faculty-Student Collaborative Demonstrations and Poster Session 2

‘Your Brain on Dance’ (15 min): In this mobile brain-body imaging (MoBI) demonstration, the brain waves and kinematics of a visual artist, a sax player and a dancer will be projected in real-time as the artists creatively improvise in close interaction with each other. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.

TBA

5:00-11:00pm Join newly found colleagues and have an artful evening at Live Aqua to discuss the events of the day and plan the future ahead.

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Conference Center Room Aqua 2
Neural, Cognitive, Therapeutical and Forensic Applications of Graphonomics
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

PLENARY TALK: Beware My Foolish Heart: Insights and Problems in the Computational Modelling of Emotions

Giuseppe Boccignone
Dipartimento di Informatica
Università degli Studi di Milano

Abstract: This talk will provide a critical overview of current approaches to affective computing. After mini-survey on current psychological/neurobiological theories of emotions, current end-to-end approaches will be compared against simulation-based approaches. The simulation-based perspective is surmised to provide a suitable basis for grounding probabilistic, Bayesian generative models of affect. Insights, limitations, cumbersome sides of this proposal are also discussed.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

How creativity and neuroscience improve health and advance education?
Chair: Claudio de Stefano

This panel will assess the state of the art and challenges in understanding the healing power of the creative arts and other graphonomic tasks, and the role of fine motor skills in promoting learning and innovation (15 min/speaker).

  • Speaker 1 (University 1): Title 1
  • Speaker 2 (University 2): Title 2
  • Speaker 3 (University 3): Title 3
  • Speaker 4 (University 4): Title 4
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Open Forum and Discussion

ART & SCIENCE CAFÉ
Aqua Room 1A-C
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Poster Session 3 and Technology Demonstrations

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Individuality and Variance in Fine Motor Control and Learning
Chair: Juliet King

This panel will discuss novel approaches to identifying and quantifying behavioral and neural individuality with applications to subject identification, signature verification, forensic handwriting examination, and personalized medicine. (15 min/speaker).

  • Speaker 1 (University 1): Title 1
  • Speaker 2 (University 2): Title 2
  • Speaker 3 (University 3): Title 3
  • Speaker 4 (University 4): Title 4
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Open Forum and Discussion

ART&SCIENCE COMIDA
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch with your newly found research partners at one of these restaurants:

  • Azur: Mediterranean cuisine and buffet.
  • Sea Corner: Seafood with a view.
  • Varenna: Italian gourmet cuisine under the trees.
  • Siete: Mexican cuisine in a sophisticated space of Mexican and pop art.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Novel approaches to the analysis of fine motor skills
Chair: Rejean Plamondon

This panel will discuss novel approaches to analysis of handwriting, drawing, music playing and other fine motor skills (15 min/speaker).

  • Speaker 1 (University 1): Title 1
  • Speaker 2 (University 2): Title 2
  • Speaker 3 (University 3): Title 3
  • Speaker 4 (University 4): Title 4
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Open Forum and Discussion

ART & SCIENCE PERFORMANCES
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Faculty-Student Collaborative Demonstrations and Poster Session 4

  • TBA 1
  • TBA 2
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Relax with newly found colleagues @ Live Aqua
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Banquet and Latin Dancing @ The Garden of the Senses

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Conference Center Room Aqua
Pedagogical Applications of Graphonomics
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

PLENARY TALK: Your brain in motion: challenges and opportunities for data-driven implicit interaction

Luis A. Leiva
Department of Communications and Networking
Aalto University, Finland

Abstract: When interacting with computers, the intention of the user is mostly hidden. The activation of automatic goals and the physical traits of stimuli in our environment all influence our thoughts and behavior considerably, and often without our awareness. In addition, to learn a user's interests reliably, intelligent systems need a significant amount of training data from the user. However, the cost of obtaining such training data is often prohibitive because users must directly label each training instance. Meanwhile, users expect a computerized system to work reasonably well as soon as they first use the system. In this talk I will show that there is a lot of information inherently encoded in user interactions, which can be measured and from which it is possible to extract meaningful knowledge. An implicit interaction is an action a user performs with little (or no) awareness but which a computerized system can understand as input. By leveraging these implicit interactions, it possible to create more useful applications and services.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Education and learning of fine motor skills
Chair: JD Talasek

This panel will assess the state of the art and challenges in the teaching and learning of graphonomics skills across the lifespan (15 min/speaker).

  • Speaker 1 (University 1): Title 1
  • Speaker 2 (University 2): Title 2
  • Speaker 3 (University 3): Title 3
  • Speaker 4 (University 4): Title 4
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Open Forum and Discussion

ART & SCIENCE CAFÉ
Aqua Room 1A-C
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Poster Session 3 and Technology Demonstrations

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Individuality and Variance in Graphonomics
Chair: Pepe Contreras-Vidal

This panel will discuss novel approaches to identifying and quantifying behavioral and neural individuality with applications to subject identification, signature verification, forensic handwriting examination, and personalized medicine (15 min/speaker).

  • Speaker 1 (University 1): Title 1
  • Speaker 2 (University 2): Title 2
  • Speaker 3 (University 3): Title 3
  • Speaker 4 (University 4): Title 4

12:30-1:00 p.m.

Open Forum and Discussion
ART&SCIENCE COMIDA
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch with your newly found research partners at one of these restaurants:

  • Azur: Mediterranean cuisine and buffet.
  • Sea Corner: Seafood with a view.
  • Varenna: Italian gourmet cuisine under the trees.
  • Siete: Mexican cuisine in a sophisticated space of Mexican and pop art.

 

SPECIAL WORKSHOP 1 (Half Day)

Second International Workshop on the Lognormality Principle and its Applications
The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers from all over the world working with the Kinematic Theory and its lognormal models to investigate various applications like handwriting recognition, signature verification, data augmentation, human computer interface, handwriting learning, developmental and biomedical issues and devices and artistic applications, etc.

Organizers:

  • Angelo Marcelli, Department of Information and Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Miguel Ángel Ferrer Ballester, Instituto Universitario para el Desarrollo Tecnológico e Innovación en Comunicaciones, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Réjean Plamondon, Département de génie Électrique, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Theme A: Oral Presentations

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Theme B: Oral Presentations

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Theme C: Oral Presentations

5:00 p.m.

End of Workshop

 

SPECIAL WORKSHOP 2 (Hands-on)

Mobile Brain-Body Imaging (MoBI)

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Aqua Room 1A

In this hands-on training workshop, participants will be introduced to real-time, multimodal, portable data acquisition and analysis using wearable wireless EEG devices and other sensors.

ART & SCIENCE CAFÉ
Aqua Room 1C
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

 

 

SPECIAL WORKSHOP 3 (Hands-on)

Artistic Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Hackathon

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Aqua Room 1A

BR41N.IO Artistic Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Hackathon (Register at https://www.br41n.io/Cancun-2019)

 

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Cultural activities (optional, additional fee):

Tulum Archeological Beach Site
Tulum is located 78 miles South of Cancun, about a 1:45 hour driving trip. It was discovered by John L. Stephens in 1842. Perched on top of a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea, it is the only entirely walled-in group of Mayan ruins ever discovered. Under the advice of an official English speaking tour guide, the group will go around the structures getting the history and spirit of the Mayan.

In this tour you will be guided through one of the most impressive and well-preserved Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula. Certified guides will share their knowledge about the Mayan Civilization and the Tulum ruins. After the guided tour you will have free time to explore the archaeological zone on your own, take pictures or take a dip at the beach in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Finish your day enjoying a variety of international flavors and drinks of your choice surrounded by the exotic scenery in an exclusive Beach Club. Pick up at Live Aqua 7:30 AM