Organizing Committee

Jose M. Azorin
Jose M. Azorin

(Chair)
Director of the Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab and Associate Professor of the Systems Engineering and Automation Department at Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain);
Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Systems Council

José M. Azorín is the Director of the Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab and Associate Professor of the Systems Engineering and Automation Department at Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain). He holds a M.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Alicante (1997, Spain) and a Ph.D. in Robotics (Award for the Best Thesis of the Department) by the UMH (2003, Spain). He has been a visiting researcher in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London (United Kingdom) and at INRIA (National Research Center of Computer Science and Automation) - Sophia Antipolis (France). His current research interests are Brain-Machine Interfaces, Neuro-robotics and Rehabilitation Robotics. Over the last  years, his research has been funded by prestigious grants from the European Union and other Spanish government agencies. He has been the PI of more than 10 research projects, and his research has resulted in more than 150 technical papers and 3 patents. Currently, he is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Systems Council.

http://bmi.umh.es/personal/jose-m-azorin/
http://bmi.umh.es

Contreras-­Vidal
Jose L. Contreras-­Vidal

(Co-Chair)
Neuroengineer and pioneer in development of brain-machine interfaces for rehabilitation and restoration of movement and brain-art interfaces;
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston;
Full Affiliate, Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute;
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sciences and Engineering, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Director, Human-Machine Interface Systems, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR), Memorial Hermann, Houston, Texas
http://www.ece.uh.edu/faculty/contreras-vidal
https://www.facebook.com/UHBMIST?_rdr=p

Laurie Baefsky
Laurie Baefsky

Executive Director, ArtsEngine / a2ru, University of Michigan | lbaefsky [at] umich.edu

As executive director of ArtsEngine and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) since August 2014, Laurie Baefsky works to define emerging fields, demonstrating the value of the arts throughout the research university, and facilitating innovative arts partnerships. She previously served as grants manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and from 2007-11 Dr. Baefsky established the USU ArtsBridge program at Utah State University, an arts-based interdisciplinary engaged learning initiative. A skilled grant writer herself, she has raised over $5.3 million in arts funding, and is currently PI on the Mellon Foundation-supported a2ru research initiative, SPARC — Supporting Practice in the Arts, Research and Curricula. Laurie began as a classical flutist, with degrees in flute performance from Stony Brook University, University of Michigan, and California State University, Fullerton. She has played with the Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New World Symphony, and as a tenured member of the Virginia Symphony.

Ashley Bear
Ashley Bear

Dr. Ashley Bear is a Program Officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Before coming to the Academies, Dr. Bear was a Presidential Management Fellow with the National Science Foundation¹s (NSF) Division of Biological Infrastructure in the Directorate for Biological Sciences, where she managed a portfolio of mid-scale investments in scientific infrastructure and led analyses of the impact of NSF funding on the career trajectories of postdoctoral researchers. During her fellowship years, Dr. Bear also worked as a Science Policy Officer for the State Department¹s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, where she worked to promote science diplomacy and track emerging scientific trends with implications for foreign policy, managed programs to increase the scientific capacity of State Department, and acted as the liaison to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  Dr. Bear holds a Sc.B. in Neuroscience from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. While working on her doctoral research on the developmental basis of courtship behavior in butterflies, Dr. Bear co-founded the Evolution Outreach Group, a volunteer organization composed of students and postdoctoral researchers that visit schools, museums, and camps in the greater New Haven, CT area to teach K-12 students about evolution through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Dr. Bear is passionate about science outreach to the public and about promoting diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

Klaus Gramann

Professor, Biological Psychology and Neuroergonomics, Berlin Institute of Technology;
International Faculty, Center for Advanced Neurological Engineering, University of California, San Diego

Klaus Gramann is head of Biological Psychology and Neuroergonomics at Technische Universität Berlin. He studied Psychology and has a keen interest in the neuroscience of embodied cognition. His dream is to see EEG becoming a standard application allowing for measuring brain dynamics continuously during our daily activities to improve personal well-being.
http://www.bpn.tu-berlin.de/menue/home/parameter/en/

Juliet L. King
Juliet L. King

Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI and Indiana University School of Medicine (USA)

Juliet L. King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC is assistant professor and director of the graduate art therapy program at Herron School of Art and Design and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the IU School of Medicine. Ms. King has spent over 15 years as a clinician, administrator and professor of art therapy education. Professor King’s leadership has spearheaded the development of over 30 clinical internship programs in the city of Indianapolis and she has a vested interest in integrative care for veterans and their families. Her current research includes exploring the integration of creativity, art therapy and neuroscience, with a focus on neuroanatomical correlates of the unconscious. Recently she edited and published a textbook: Art Therapy, Trauma and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives.

Roger Malina
Roger Malina

Distinguished professor of arts and technology and professor of physics, Arts and Technology Distinguished Chair, Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Dallas, Executive editor of the Leonardo publications, MIT Press, Founder, ArtSciLab (artscilab.utdallas.edu)

Roger is a physicist, astronomer and executive editor of the Leonardo publications at MIT Press.  He focuses on connections among the natural sciences and arts, design and humanities. He is a former director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence (OAMP) in Marseille, and member of its observational cosmology group, which performs investigations on the nature of dark matter and dark energy. He is also a member of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Study (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées, IMERA), an institute he helped to organize. IMERA seeks to contribute to trans-disciplinarity between the sciences and the arts and places emphasis on the human dimensions of the sciences. He was the principal investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer satellite at the University of California, Berkeley - the first orbiting observatory to map the sky in the extreme ultraviolet band.

Chang S. Nam
Chang S. Nam

Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
North Carolina State University
BCI Lab site: 
https://www.ise.ncsu.edu/bci/

Dr. Chang S. Nam is currently an associate professor of Edward P. Fitts Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University, USA. He is also an associated professor of the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, as well as Department of Psychology. He received a PhD from the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2003. His research interests center around brain-computer interfaces, smart healthcare, neuroergonomics, and adaptive and intelligent human-computer interaction. He has received the NSF CAREER Award (2010), Outstanding Researcher Award (2010-2011), and Best Teacher Award (2010-2011). Currently, Nam serves as the director of BCI Lab and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Brain-Computer Interfaces.

Dario Robleto
Dario Robleto

Dario Robleto is a conceptual artist based in Houston, Texas. He has had numerous solo exhibitions since 1997, most recently at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2014) and the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014). Robleto has been a visiting artist and lecturer at many universities and institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD. In 2013 he served as the California College of the Arts Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor, Oakland, CA. He has been a research fellow and resident at institutions such as Rice University (2013-14) and the Smithsonian Museum of American History (2011). In 2015 he joined a distinguished team of scientists as the artistic consultant to the “Breakthrough Initiatives”—which, when completed, will be the most comprehensive search ever attempted at finding scientific evidence of life in the Universe. He is currently serving as an Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering and at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA. He was recently appointed as the 2016 Texas State Artist Laureate.

Robleto employs a variety of media in his artworks, creating intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his passionate exploration of music, popular culture, science, war and American history.
http://www.dariorobleto.com/exhibitions

Dario is currently an Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston.

Tatiana Sentamans
Tatiana Sentamans-Gómez

Vice Rector for Culture and University Extension of Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain); Associate Professor of the Art Department at Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain)

Tatiana Sentamans won the First National Prize for Cultural Research Marqués de Lozoya 08 (XXVII edition, Ministry of Science and Innovation, Goverment of Spain 2008), among other research prizes. She has given talks at more than 20 conferences at universities, research centres and national and international museums, such as her latest contributions in the UV, UPV, the UVigo, the UIMP, l’Université de Toulouse Le Mirail in France, the MUAC in Mexico, the IVAM in Valencia, or the MediaLab Prado, CA2M and MNCARS of Madrid. Her research has resulted in more than 30 scientific publications between papers, book chapters and books, and in more than 80 art exhibitions. She is interested in the political complexity of the popular visual discourses such as cinema and series, music, comics, fanzine, advertising or video games, and ultimately the contemporary iconography and mythologies. Therefore, she has investigated the relationship between art and technology in both conferences and publications.

https://umh-es.academia.edu/TatianaSentamans
http://campusaltea.edu.umh.es/

J.D. Talasek
J.D. Talasek

Director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)

Edward A. Vessel
Edward A. Vessel

PhD, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany, Website: https://www.aesthetics.mpg.de/en/the-institute/people/ed-vessel.html

Dr. Vessel is a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany. His lab combines behavioral methods with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study what happens in the brain during aesthetic experiences, such as when a person is “moved” by a painting or song. He has been invited to speak on his work to professional and lay audiences at numerous conferences and art museums across the U.S. and Europe, including the Copenhagan Neuroaesthetics Conference, the World Science Festival, the Rubin Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Sha Xin Wei
Sha Xin Wei

Director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

Dr Wei is a Fellow of the ASU-Santa Fe Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems and Affiliate Professor of Future of Innovation in Society, Computer Science and English. He is the Founding Director of the Topological Media Lab (http://topologicalmedialab.net/) — a trans-disciplinary atelier-laboratory for collaborative research creation. Sha’s art research works include the TGarden responsive environments, Hubbub speech-sensitive urban surfaces, Membrane calligraphic video, Softwear gestural sound instruments, the WYSIWYG sounding tapestry.

Sha Xin Wei was trained in mathematics at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and worked more than 12 years in the fields of scientific computation, mathematical modeling and the visualization of scientific data and geometric structures. He can be found at https://asu.academia.edu/XinWeiSha.