Keynote speakers

Elizabeth Loftus

Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor at the University of California - Irvine.   She holds faculty positions in the Department of Psychology & Social Behavior; the Department of Criminology, Law & Society, and the School of Law. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University.  Since then, she has published 23 books and over 500 scientific articles. Her 4th book, Eyewitness Testimony, won a National Media Award (Distinguished Contribution) from the American Psychological Foundation. Her books have been translated into Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Chinese and other foreign languages.

Loftus's research of the last 30 years has focused on the malleability of human memory.    She has been recognized for her research with six honorary doctorates and election to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. Her recent awards include the 2010 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (for “the profound impact that her pioneering research on human memory has had on the administration of justice in the United States and abroad.”). In 2012, she received the University of California, Irvine Medal (for “exceptional contributions to the vision, mission, and spirit of UC Irvine”), and the highest honor the university bestows.  In 2013, she received the Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science from the American Psychological Foundation. 

Loftus is past president of the Association for Psychological Science, the Western Psychological Association, and the American Psychology-Law Society.    


Luiz Pessoa

He is a Full Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park. He received a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from Boston University (1996) and post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health headed by Leslie G. Ungerleider (1999-2003). He then joined the Department of Psychology at Brown University as an Assistant Professor (2003 to 2006), the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington, as an Associate Professor (2006 to 2010), and is now at the Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, where he is full Professor and Director of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. His research focuses on understanding cognitive-emotional interactions by employing behavioral and neuroimaging methods, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and, more recently, EEG and MEG. His current research addresses how top-down factors such as attention and executive control are involved in the processing of emotion-laden stimuli. He is also interested in developing quantitative methods to link trial-by-trial fluctuations in physiological responses (e.g., fMRI) and changes in behavior (e.g., successful vs. unsuccessful task performance). He has published more than 70 journal articles, chapters and full articles in peer-reviewed conferences.


Rosalind Picard

Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D., FIEEE, is a professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, an inventor, and an entrepreneur.  Her award-winning book, Affective Computing, was instrumental in starting a field by that name.  She is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab.  Additionally, Picard is co-founder of Affectiva, a company providing software for reading facial expressions via mobile devices and online. She is also co-founder and chief scientist of Empatica, which strives to improve lives with clinical quality wearable sensors and analytics, and is the creator of the Embrace sensor.  

Picard is the author of more than 200 scientific articles and chapters in multidimensional signal modeling, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and affective computing. She holds patents for innovations in new sensors, algorithms, and systems for sensing, recognizing, and responding respectfully to human affective information. These developments are today applied in autism, epilepsy, autonomic nervous system disorders, sleep, stress, human and machine learning, health behavior change, market research, customer service, and human-computer interaction.

Picard’s inventions have been twice named to "top ten" lists, including The New York Times Magazine's Best Ideas of 2006 for their Social Cue Reader, used in autism, and 2011's Popular Science Top Ten Inventions for a Mirror that Monitors Vital Signs. She and her students have won numerous best paper prizes, and she was recently awarded the 2014 Sigma Xi Walston Chubb award for Innovation. 


Jean-Pierre Changeux

Jean-Pierre Changeux PhD studies with Jacques Monod, led to the discovery that chemical signals regulate the biological activity of proteins by acting at  “allosteric” sites distinct from the biologically active sites via a conformational change (1961-1965). He then proposed (1964) that this type of regulation applies to receptor mechanisms engaged in the transmission of chemical signals in the nervous system and, through his life-time work, validated this insight. Moving to neuronal networks, Changeux, together with Courrège & Danchin (1973) formulated and experimentally tested the theory that long term epigenesis of neuronal networks occurs by the activity-dependant selective stabilization, and elimination, of developing synapses. Last, in particular with Dehaene, he proposed and tested models for defined cognitive tasks, in particular, a neuronal hypothesis for conscious access, implicating a “global neuronal workspace” composed of a brain-scale horizontal network of long axon neurons (1991-1998).

Changeux has published books including Neuronal Man (1985), What Makes Us Think? (with Paul Ricœur) (2002), Physiology of truth (2002).

His academic accolades include the Gairdner award (1978) the Wolf prize (1983), the Balzan Prize (2001) and the US National Academy of Sciences Award in Neurosciences (2007).

Changeux was chair of the French National Bioethics committee from 1992 to 1998.


Alan Baddeley

Alan Baddeley is a Professor of Psychology at the University of York.  After studying psychology at University College London, he completed a Master’s degree in Princeton, returning to complete a PhD in Cambridge. He spent nine years at the Medical Research Council Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, then moving on to the University of Sussex and subsequently to a professorship at the University of Stirling in Scotland.  He returned to Cambridge as Director of his old unit, a post he held for the next 20 years before moving first to Bristol then to York.  He has broad interests in the psychology of human memory, but is best known for the creation with Graham Hitch of a model of working memory, a memory system that is assumed to underpin our capacity to think and plan, stressing the importance of relating this to performance beyond the laboratory.  The working memory model has subsequently been used across a wide range of areas including neuropsychology, clinical psychology, education and through its application to the effects of emotion on cognition, to neuropsychiatry.


delalandeFrançois Delalande

François Delalande (Paris, 1941). Ingénieur ESIEA (École Supérieure d’Informatique, Electronique et Automatisme, Paris), études d’orgue (avec Jacques Marichal) et d’écriture (avec notamment Michel Merlet). 1970-2006 : Groupe de Recherches Musicales de l’ORTF puis de l’INA, d’abord chef de travaux de recherche, puis directeur de recherche, responsable des recherches en Sciences de la Musique. Deux champs de recherche: I -Analyse des musiques électroacoustiques, théorie de l'analyse, l'écoute, le sens. II -Etude des conduites pré-musicales de l'enfant et application à la pédagogie.

Par ailleurs, -membre de la SFAM (Société Française d’Analyse Musicale) depuis sa création (1985), -membre du comité de rédaction de la revue Analyse Musicale de sa création (1985) à sa disparition provisoire (1993), puis -membre du conseil éditorial de la revue Musurgia depuis sa création (1994), -membre du comité de rédaction de la revue en ligne Musimédiane, -chevalier de l’ordre des Art et des Lettres (2001). Enseignements à Paris XI-Orsay (CFMI), Paris V (formation continue en musicothérapie), Paris IV (séminaire de DEA de musicologie). Cours, conférences, directions de recherche en France, Italie, Espagne, Grèce, Argentine, Brésil, Mexique, Canada, Chili. Nombreux colloques en Europe et Amérique.


Arie Kruglanski

Arie Kruglanski received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1968. He has contributed extensively to the theory of Cognitive Closure, and co-developed the Need for Closure Scale. Theories of closure have found application in numerous fields such as consumer behavior and political research. Kruglanski frequently collaborated with E. Tory Higgins, particularly on regulatory mode theory. Kruglanski serves as a co-principal investigator at the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, and has conducted extensive research on the psychology and motivations of terrorists. He sits on the editorial board of Psychological Review.





Jean-Marc Chouvel

While he was learning composition with the most important musicians of the twentieth century, Jean-Marc Chouvel developed a theoretical approach that lead him to reconsider the main notions of music writing. Taking up the contribution of phenomenology and cognitive sciences, his work on temporal forms has been published in two books: Esquisses pour une pensée musicale and Analyse musicale, sémiologie et cognition des formes temporelles. He also proposed a complete theory of the harmonic phenomena allowing among other things to explore the broad universe of micro-intervals. Since his studies in Spain with Francisco Guerrero, he has written more than thirty pieces for instruments and electroacoustic. He participated in founding the instrumental ensemble l’Instant donné as well as the reviews Filigrane and Musimediane.

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