||Modularity and Compositionality in Motor Control: Issues and Perspectives
A Workshop to Acknowledge the Career of Emilio Bizzi
May 5, 2018 following NCM at Hilton Buffalo Thunder, Santa Fe, NM
In this special one-day workshop, we will explore past, present and future of issues related to modularity, compositionality and their neural mechanisms as they emerged from the collective efforts of many investigators. Importantly, our goal is to have a workshop centered on ideas rather than formal presentations.
Each session will begin with an introduction of the topic by the chair, followed by brief presentations of key issues by discussants. All participants are invited to join the discussion and may refer to one personal slide (preloaded for viewing).
The day will culminate in a celebratory dinner for which there will be a modest fee (in addition to cash bar).
Participants will be responsible for their lodging and airfare. A small block of rooms has been arranged at the hotel at the cost of $185 per night.
BREAKFAST and SIGN-IN [7:30 - 8:30 am]
SESSION 1 [8:30 – 10:30 am] : What are the neural bases of modularity in the motor system?
Chair: Simon Giszter
Discussants: Vincent C.K. Cheung, Ariel Levine, Kazuhiko Seki
Formation of muscle synergies via spinal circuit
SESSION 2 [11:00 am – 1:00 pm] : Does modularity reflect neural control or biomechanics?
Development of muscle synergies
Muscle synergies after neural damage
Chair: Andrea d’Avella
Discussant: Lena Ting, Mathew Tresch, Francisco Valero-Cuevas
Identification of muscle synergies via matrix factorization
LUNCH BREAK [1:00 - 2:00 pm] (on your own own - please return promptly for Session 3)
Muscle synergies and biomechanical constraints
Modularity and learning
Modularity and mechanics
SESSION 3 [2:00 – 4:00 pm] : Does compositionality simplify motor control and motor learning?
Chair: Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi
Discussants: Robert Ajemian, Tamar Flash, Emanuel Todorov
Modularity and learning/optimization
CONCLUSION [4:30 – 5:50 pm] : Future directions
Theoretical approaches to modularity and compositionality
Chair: Terence Sanger
What experiments and/or theoretical simulations should be performed to answer to the issues discussed in the sessions?
COCKTAILS [6:30 - 7:00 pm] and DINNER [7:00 - 9:00 pm]
Please Note: there is no registration fee to attend this special workshop, but registration is required and space is limited. If you are interested in attending you are encouraged to inquire as soon as possible! Email Ms. Charlotte Potak at firstname.lastname@example.org.