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CONNECT Provisional Programme

Monday 12 February 2018

3.00pm    Registration desk opens, Room 203 William James Building
4.00pm    Welcome to visitors and overview, Room 203 William James Building

4.30pm     Afternoon tea, Room 203 William James

5.30pm    Public Lecture
                Flicker: Your Brain on Movies, Jeff Zacks, Washington University in St Louis, USA
                St David St Lecture Theatre

7.00pm    Informal Nibbles and Drinks, Emerson’s Brewery, Cash bar

Tuesday 13 February

9.00am     Welcome, Room 103 William James Building
9.15am     Event Cognition: Psychology, Neurophysiology, and Just a Bit of Computation, Jeff Zacks, Washington University in Saint Louis, US.

10.15am      Morning tea, Room 203

10.45am   Events in Early Nervous System Evolution and the Origin of Event-Based Neural Computation, Joseph Cahill-Lane, University of Otago, New Zealand
11.30am   An STDP rule combined with BCM-like fast homeostasis accounts for LTP and concurrent LTD in the dentate gyrus, Cliff Abraham, University of Otago, New Zealand

12.15pm      Lunch, self-catered

1.30pm     The role of errors in predictive coding in schizophrenic disorders, Andreas Falgatter, University of Tübingen, Germany
2.15pm     Learning from Multiple Video Streams without Annotations, Hendrik Lensch, University of Tübingen, Germany

3.00pm       Afternoon tea, Room 203 William James

3.30pm     A neural network model of event representations: sensorimotor sequencing, place coding, self-organisation and Bayesian inference, Martin Takac, Comenius University, Slovakia
4.15pm     Constructive Episodic Simulation Hypothesis: How the Brain Simulates Experience, Donna Rose Addis, University of Auckland, New Zealand

5.15pm        Speakers and poster presenters leave for Conference Dinner at Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary
9.00pm       Return from Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary

Wednesday 14 February

9.00am   Welcome Back, Room 103 William James Building


9.05am    Baby X: A virtual framework for embodied cognition, Mark Sagar, University of Auckland, New Zealand

10.00am  Morning tea, Room 203 William James

10.30am  A model of Spike-based inference and Decision-making in the First Nervous Systems Predicts Functional Architecture in Brains of Modern Vertebrate, Mike Paulin, University of Otago, New Zealand
11.15am Communication between the ACC and VTA during decision-making, Thom Elston, University of Otago, New Zealand
12.00pm  Altered temporal coding of event memory consolidation in a model of schizophrenia risk, David Bilkey, University of Otago, New Zealand

12.45pm  Lunch and Poster Session, Room 203

2.00pm    Posterior middle temporal gyrus - a cortical hub of knowledge about tools and their usage? Marc Himmelbach, University of Tübingen, Germany
2.45pm    The dynamics of human action: Perception of kinematics and body shape, Nikolaus Troje, Queen’s University, Canada

3.30pm    Afternoon tea, Room 203

4.00pm    Predictive Event Segmentations:a Key Towards the Formation of Behaviorally-Useful Hierarchical Cognition? Martin Butz, University of Tübingen, Germany
4.45pm    Linguistic Representations of Events, and their Relevance to Cognitive Models, Alistair Knott, University of Otago, New Zealand

5.30pm    Concluding statements
                   Social Hour, Cash bar