Robotics Cognition, and Neuroscience

Philosophical, cognitive, and neuroscience questions and dilemmas of emerging robotic platforms.

Shanti Ganesh

Post-doc - Psychology UC Berkeley [Moderator]
Shanti Ganesh, a former PhD student at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, is currently a visiting scholar postdoc with the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, where she investigates the nature of creativity. Her PhD research dealt with a neuroscientific investigation of how long-term gamers of massively multiplayer online role-playing games self-identify with their avatar, an online artificial agent that represents the gamer in the online world. Shanti Ganesh has increasingly become interested in the hybridization of the boundaries between the human self and artificial agents, whether these are avatars or robots. Graduate degrees: MA Public Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam (1994), MSc Cognitive Psychology (2007) and PhD Cognitive Neuroscience (2013) from Radboud University Nijmegen.


Emily Cross

Prof. of Cognitive Neuroscience Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
& Bangor University, Wales
Emily Cross is the director of the Social Brain in Action Laboratory, based jointly in Wales and the Netherlands. Since completing her PhD in 2008 at Dartmouth College, her primary research questions address how experience shapes perception, the social relevance of observed others (i.e., human vs. non-human agents), and the neural foundations of action expertise. To investigate these questions, and she uses neuroimaging, neurostimulation and behavioural training approaches, often in concert with complex training paradigms involving dance, gymnastics or contortion. Her work is currently funded by the Dutch Science Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Volkswagen Foundation, the UK Ministry of Defense, and the European Commission.

Mireille Hildebrandt

Prof. of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Mireille Hildebrandt is a lawyer and a philosopher who investigates the implications of smart technologies for democracy and the Rule of Law. She is a full professor at institute of Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen, an associate professor at the department of Jurisprudence of the Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam and a senior researcher at the Law, Science, Technology and Society research group at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. She recently co-edited and co-authored Human Law and Computer Law (Springer 2013) and Privacy, Due Process and the Computational Turn (Routledge 2013). She is - amongst others - a founding member of the Digital Enlightenment Forum and editor-in-chief of the Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy. For further information see her website at Berkeley Press.

Ayse P. Saygin

Prof. of Cognitive Neuroscience UC San Diego
Ayse P. Saygin is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego. She received a PhD in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego, followed by a European Commission Marie Curie fellowship at the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience and Wellcome Trust Centre for Functional Neuroimaging at University College London. She holds an MSc. in Computer Science and BSc. in Mathematics. Dr. Saygin directs the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Lab, which is affiliated with the Department of Cognitive Science, Neurosciences Graduate Program, Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Center for Research in Language, and Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind. Dr. Saygin, her students, and her collaborators explore human perception and cognition using a range of experimental and computational methods, including an interdisciplinary line of research on human perception of humanoid robots. http://www.sayginlab.org


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