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Each day of the conference provides unique and unconventional opportunities for idea-sharing, collaboration and exploration. In addition to presentations by thought leaders, practitioners and innovators, there will be performances, 'unconference' style opportunities for discussion, and hands-on demonstrations of state-of-the-art brain-body imagining technologies.

Learn more about our featured speakers and artists.

Sunday, 9/10/17
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sign-in and get your welcome package at the Registration Desk

WELCOME DINNER

8:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Enjoy the Welcome Dinner at 8:30pm
 
9:00 - 10.00 p.m. Welcome by Conference Chair and Co-Chair
9:30 – onward Doctoral Consortium: Trainees to meet promptly at Hospitality Desk with Conference Chairs. Creation of teams of scribes and faculty-trainee teams for the Designer’s Hackathon sponsored by the IEEE BRAIN Initiative.

 

Monday, 9/11/17
Centauros & calipso rooms
Neuroaesthetics, Arts & the Biology of Creativity
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

How do the creative arts engage the human mind and promote creativity and innovation across fields?

Chairs: John D. Talasek (National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, USA) and Jose L. Contreras-Vidal (University of Houston, USA)

This session is dedicated to summarizing the state-of-the-art, and/or identifying issues put forth in recent research on neuroaesthetics, creativity and innovation.

Panel (10 min/speaker):

  • Dario Robleto (Conceptual Artist and Artist in Residence at University of Houston, USA): How Artists Think?
  • Andrew Davis (Dean, College of the Arts, Director, Moores School of Music, University of Houston, USA): The Transformative Power of the Arts and their Ability for Shape the World
  • Norberto Grzywacz (Dean of the Graduate of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Physics and Neuroscience, Georgetown University, USA): Art as part of interdisciplinary programs
  • Laurie Baefsky (Executive Director, ArtsEngine / a2ru, University of Michigan, USA): Promoting Art-Science Collaborations in Academy and the Profession
  • Sha Xin Wei (Arizona State University, USA): Novel approaches to integrating arts, media and engineering in research and education.
  • Bill O'Brien (National Endowment for the Arts, USA): Federal Brains on Art

Open Forum and Discussion (60 min)

Doctoral Consortium: Trainees will take notes and report back to all at end of conference.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Performance:  Analyzing EEG during the painting process. Mario Ortiz (Miguel Hernandez University of Elche, Spain), Andrés Ubeda (University of Alicante, Spain) and José M. Azorín (Miguel Hernandez University of Elche, Spain)
ART&SCIENCE CAFÉ

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Cronos room

Doctoral Consortium: Poster Session by trainees (posters will remain available during the conference)

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

How do arts-science collaborations create new knowledge through aesthetic problem solving?

Chairs: Dario Robleto (Conceptual Artist and Artist in Residence at University of Houston, USA) and Ashley Bear (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, USA)

This session will discuss the construction of meaning and the ethics, impact and reach of artworks realized in collaboration with scientists and other professionals. It will also address the myths, challenges and opportunities surrounding collaboration between artists, scientists and engineers.

Panel (12 min/speaker):

  • Sha Xin Wei (Synthesis Center at Arizona State University, USA): Artificial Intelligence and Creativity
  • Zoï Kapoula (Université Paris Descartes, France): Neurophysiology of aesthetics: epistemology and new paradigms
  • Norberto Grzywacz (Georgetown University, USA): A theory for how the brain develops aesthetic values
  • Suzanne Dikker (Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and New York University, USA): Connecting Art, Science, Brains and Technology
  • Elena Grigorenko (University of Houston, USA): Genetics and Creativity 

Open Forum and Discussion (60 min)

Doctoral Consortium: Trainees will take notes and report back to all at end of conference.

ART&SCIENCE COMIDA
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
ART-SCI Lunch with your newly found research partners.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Brain Mechanisms of Aesthetic Perception and Artistic Brain-Computer Interfaces

Chairs: Jose M. Azorin (Miguel Hernandez University of Elche, Spain) and Chang S. Nam (North Carolina State University, USA)

This session will assess the state of the art and challenges in cognitive and affective brain-computer interfaces, and their deployment in the service of the arts and the study of neural individuality and variation

Plenary talk (sponsored by University of Houston) (45 min):

  • Stephen Grossberg (University of Boston, USA): How humans consciously see paintings and paintings illuminate how humans see (published Open Access: Grossberg, S., and Zajak, L. (2017). How humans consciously see paintings and paintings illuminate how humans see. Art & Perception, 5, 1-95. http://cns.bu.edu/~steve/ARTP_2059_Grossberg.pdf)

Panel (15min/speaker):

  • José L. Contreras-Vidal (University of Houston, USA): Brain-art interfaces
  • Edward A. Vessel (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Germany): Neuroimaging of aesthetic experiences
  • Ricardo Chavarriaga (Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland): Mental Work: BCI and Kinetic sculptures exploring 200 years of human-machine interaction

Open Forum and Discussion (30 min)

Doctoral Consortium: Trainees will take notes and report back to all at end of conference.

ARTFUL SCIENCE PERFORMANCES

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Performance

The performance will be followed by a Q&A session where conference participants will critically discuss the performance in the context of STEAM collaborations.

5:30 - 10:00 p.m. Join newly found colleagues and trainees and have an artful evening.

 

Tuesday, 9/12/17
Centauros & calipso rooms
Cognitive and Medical Applications
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

How can arts and neuroscience research improve physical and mental health and promote wellbeing?

Chairs: Julie King (Indiana University, USA) and Sha Xin Wei (Arizona State University, USA)

This session will assess the state of the art and challenges related to the healing power of the creative arts.

Panel (12 min/speaker):

  • Rainbow Ho (University of Hong Kong, China): Using arts to increase understanding and support of people living with mental disorders
  • Melissa Walker (National Intrepid Center of Excellence, USA): Art Therapy in Rehabilitation
  • Girija Kaimal (Drexel University, USA): How artmaking  affects, mood, self-efficacy, stress and reward perception 
  • Sebastian Crutch (UCL Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom): Created Out of Mind: Shaping perceptions of dementia through art and science
  • David Bartrés-Faz (University of Barcelona, Spain): Barcelona Brain Health Initiative

Open Forum and Discussion (60 min)

Doctoral Consortium: Trainees will take notes and report back to all at end of conference.

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Performance: Your Brain on Art: Creativity in Sound, Movement and Visual Arts

Pepe Contreras-Vidal (University of Houston, USA) and his team of neural engineers will fit Becky Valls (dancer), Woody Witt (jazz musician) and Dario Robleto (conceptual visual artist and artist-in-residence in neuroaesthetics), with skullcaps embedded with surface electrodes that listen to their brain activity as they play a creative variant of Exquisite Corpse - the collaborative, chance-based game made famous by the Surrealists - and respond to each other. In parallel, various neural features of the performers will be visualized 'in action and in context' and in real time as a window to study brain function. Hardware from Brain Products and Technaid will be used in the performance. The 15 min demonstration will be followed by a Q&A session where scientists, artists and conference participants will critically discuss the performance in the context of STEAM collaborations.

ARTFUL SCIENCE CAFÉ

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cronos room

Doctoral Consortium: Poster Session by trainees (posters will remain available during the conference)

Mobile Brain-Body Imaging (MoBI) Technologies
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

How disruptive neurotechnologies are changing science, arts and innovation

Chairs: Roger Malina (Leonardo Publications, USA) and Edward A. Vessel (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Germany)

This session will identify challenges and opportunities of new neurotechnologies in the fields of science, arts and innovation.

Panel (15 min/speaker):

  • Jose L. Pons (Cajal Institute, CSIC, Spain): TBA
  • Christoph Guger (g.tec medical engineering, Austria): Experiences, challenges and future of artistic BCI hackathons
  • Lauren Sarah Hayes (Electroacoustic performer, sound artist, instrument maker, and haptics researcher): Sound Art
  • Patrick Britz (Brain Products, Germany): Challenges and future of BCI technology

Open Forum and Discussion (30 min)

Doctoral Consortium: Trainees will take notes and report back to all at end of conference.

ART&SCIENCE COMIDA

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

ART-SCI Lunch with your newly found research partners.

TOUR

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Visit to the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM)
 
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Free time to refresh and get ready for an artful evening!
8:30 – 11:00 p.m. BANQUET

 

Wednesday, 9/13/17
Centauros & calipso rooms
Artistic Brain-Computer Interfaces
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

How can the arts and neurosciences describe and promote the processes of learning and creativity in K-12 and higher education?

Chairs: Laurie Baefsky (University of Michigan, USA) 

This session will discuss how the arts and neurosciences can foster the learning and creativity in education.

Panel (15min/speaker):

  • Mariale Hardiman (Johns Hopkins School of Education, USA): Mind, Brain and Teaching
  • Ashley Bear (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, USA): Role of arts and humanities on STEAM education
  • Cristina Rivera Garza (Writer, University of Houston): Creativity in the writing process   
  • Chang S. Nam (North Carolina State University, USA): Developmental dyscalculia, learning, and pedagogical neuroscience 

Open Forum and Discussion (60 min)

Doctoral Consortium: Trainees will take notes and report back to all at end of conference.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Performance: EEG-based synesthesia. Francisco J. Perales (Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain)

ARTFUL SCIENCE CAFÉ

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Cronos room

Doctoral Consortium: Poster Session by trainees (posters will remain available during the conference)

HACKATHON PROJECTS

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Doctoral Consortium:
Presentation of the Projects of the Designer’s Hackathon on Artistic Brain-Computer Interfaces

Chairs: Organizing Committee

Postdoctoral and graduate participants in the hackathon will show the artistic BCI protoypes that they have developed during the conference. Several awards sponsored by the IEEE Brain Initiative will be given to the best artistic BCI prototypes.

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Closing Comments and Adjournment

Chairs: Jose M. Azorin (Miguel Hernandez University of Elche, Spain) and Jose L. Contreras-Vidal (University of Houston, USA)

Doctoral Consortium:  Trainees report back to the participants.