Enaction School 2010

Scoil an Actaithe 2010

Confirmed Speakers

Fred Cummins

Fred Cummins is lecturer and director of the M.Sc. in Cognitive Science programme at University College Dublin.

His empirical research has primarily been concerned with the coordination of skilled action, most notably in the domain of speech, examining phonetics, speech rhythm and timing. Dr. Cummins has recently argued that rhythm is best understood as an affordance the entrainment of a body to a signal. Some of his most recent work has focused on enactive and ecological approaches to understanding experience.



Ezequiel Di Paolo

Ezequiel Di Paolo is Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in San Sebastian. Formerly a member of the University of Sussex teaching on the Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems masters programme there, he has published extensively in the field of enactive cognitive science. Prof. Di Paolo's research examines and applies the methods of evolutionary robotics to several areas fundamental to enactive cognitive science including autonomy, autopoiesis, embodiment, social enaction and the life-mind continuity.




Olivier Gapenne

Olivier Gapenne is Assistant Professor (HDR in 2007) in Cognitive Science at the University of Technology of Compigne (UTC) and leads the Cognitive Research and Enaction Design group (http://www.utc.fr/cred) in Costech Lab. His research interests are focused on the one hand on the experimental study and the modeling of the emergent perceptual activity through sensory substitution technology and, on the other hand, on the design of perceptually augmented situation in particular haptic interfaces for blind people. He was the president of ARCo, the national Association for Research in Cognition from 2004 to 2007 and is a member of the editorial board of the review Intellectica. He co‐organized the Enaction Schools from 2006 to 2009. He co‐manages an M.Sc. in UTC dedicated to knowledge engineering and interaction design




Harry Heft

Harry Heft is professor of Psychology at Denison University, Ohio where he has worked since 1976. From his Denison University webpage:

Prof. Heft's scholarly interests primarily concern topics in the related areas of environmental and ecological psychology. His book Ecological Psychology in Context (LEA, 2001) elucidates the theoretical and philosophical foundations of ecological psychology and some of its connections to current work in cultural psychology.

Much of his research has examined the process by which humans find their way through the environment, with its focus on identifying the environmental information that is utilized in learning a path or route. On-going research in this vein is attempting to understand how this route knowledge can be employed to promote understanding of the overall configuration of a place. He has also conducted research in the past on the perception of affordances (i.e., the perceived functional meaning of objects and environmental features), the development of children's navigational skills, environmental aesthetics, and the effects of noise in the home on cognitive development.


Joel Krueger

Joel Krueger is a postdoctoral researcher at the Danish National Research Foundation: Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen. Research interests include phenomenology and philosophy of mind, Asian and comparative philosophy, pragmatism, and philosophy of music. Recent work investigates how enactive and distributed approaches to cognition might be applied to models of social cognition and auditory perception—specifically, musical experience. The former focuses on the foundational role that gesture and bodily expressivity play in organizing social space, scaffolding certain cognitive and affective processes, and driving basic levels of interpersonal understanding; the latter looks at how structural features of music are perceived, from birth, as affording possibilities for emotion construction and social coordination.



Síle O'Modhráin

From her Queen's University webpage:

Sile O'Modhrain is a lecturer in haptics and acoustics at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queens University, Belfast.

Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, especially interfaces incorporating haptic and auditory feedback. She earned her master's degree in music technology from the University of York and her PhD from Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). She has also worked as a sound engineer and producer for BBC Network Radio. In 1994, she received a Fulbright scholarship, and went to Stanford to develop a prototype haptic interface augmenting graphical user interfaces for blind computer users.

Before taking up her position at SARC, Sile directed the Palpable Machines group at Media Lab Europe, where her work focused on new interfaces for hand-held devices that tightly couple gestural input and touch or haptic display.


Marieke Rohde

Marieke Rohde is postdoctoral researcher in the Multisensory Perception and Action Group (NWG Ernst) at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany. With a background in simulation modelling and evolutionary robotics, her work is currently focused on aspects of multisensory/sensorimotor integration, including body image, proprioception and time perception. She has recently published a book on evolutionary robotics and enaction.










Craig Speelman

Craig Speelman is head of the School of Psychology at Edith Cowan University in Perth. From his university webpage:

His research work is primarily in the field of cognitive psychology, with particular interests in skill acquisition and memory. His recent publications have examined the effects of different types of training on skill transfer, and the relationship between skill acquisition and implicit memory. An additional interest is examining the relationship between implicit expertise and transfer. He is also involved in marrying his previous life as a rock musician with research on memory for music. He has recently published a book on learning with Kim Kirsner.