2017 National Cognitive
Science Conference

April 9th, 2017 | 11AM-5PM
PC East Ballroom

About


UCSD’s Cognitive Science Student Association hosts the Cognitive Science Conference every year, and this is our 11th conference! This year’s theme is Cognition at Work, which will highlight the inner mechanisms of the brain along with the practical applications of cognition in the real world. Join us for a packed day of engaging presentations, interactive workshops, invaluable networking, and free food!

Details:

When: Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 11 AM – 5 PM
Where: PC East Ballroom

Schedule:

10:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Check In
11:00 AM – 11:10 PM: Welcome Remarks
11:10 AM – 12:10 PM: Guest Speaker: Nate Bolt
12:20 PM – 1:00 PM: Breakout Session 1
1:10 PM – 1:50 PM: Breakout Session 2
1:50 PM – 3:00 PM: Lunch
2:10 PM – 3:20 PM: Poster and Project Presentation Session
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Keynote Speaker– Don Norman, Ph.D.
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Closing Remarks-CSSA Executive Board

Speaker List

Don Norman

Don Norman is Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego, cofounder of the Nielsen Norman Group, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, IDEO fellow, and former Vice President of Apple. He helps companies make products more enjoyable, understandable, and profitable. He has published 20 books translated into 20 languages including Emotional Design and Design of Everyday Things. He can be found at www.jnd.org

Nate Bolt

Talk Title: “How Design Research Impacts Our World” Bio: Nate is the founder of Ethnio, a UX research software company located in Los Angeles. He was formerly the CEO of Bolt | Peters, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012, where he managed design research. He’s the co-author of Remote Research and was an adjunct professor at the SVA Interaction Design program.

Jillian Lee Wiggins

Talk Title: “Uncovering the brain mechanisms of risk and resilience: Social and emotional functioning in children with mental health disorders” Bio: Jillian Lee Wiggins, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist who received her Ph.D. from University of Michigan in 2013. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Wiggins’ research focused on identifying the brain and genetic mechanisms of socio-emotional functioning (for example, social interaction with other people, reading people’s emotions, reacting to people’s facial expressions) in youth with autism spectrum disorder as well as typically developing youth. To do this, she used neuroscience tools (functional MRI, functional connectivity, genotyping) to link brain activation patterns in response to emotional faces to genetic variation in children and adolescents with and without autism. After completing her PhD, Dr. Wiggins joined the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health/National Institutes of Health (NIMH/NIH) as a post-doctoral fellow. At the NIH, Dr. Wiggins’ work examined brain mechanisms of processing socio-emotional stimuli (i.e., faces) in youth with severe irritability and bipolar disorder.

Rose Hendricks

Talk Title: “Metaphors & Thought: One Journey to a PhD.” Bio: Rose Hendricks is a PhD Candidate in Cognitive Science at UCSD. She researches how metaphor shapes the way we think about the world. She’s excited about communicating science: on her blog (rosehendricks.com), on Twitter (@RoHendricks), and of course, in person!

Neema Mahdavi

Talk Title: Designing for Design Neema Mahdavi graduated from UCSD in 2013. He has worked as a Design Consultant, a Product Designer, a UX Designer, Design Designer, and almost every variation of the “designer” title. Currently he is on the Design team at Workday where he focuses on Design Operations and creating the tooling designers need. Ashwin and Neema founded the organization currently known as Design at UCSD in 2012 with the goal of creating a vibrant design community at UC San Diego and bridging the gap between Design in Academia and Industry. Since graduating, they have mentored many students in the organization and periodically speak at Design at UCSD events.

Ashwin Khurana

Talk Title: Designing for People, not Personas Ashwin Khurana graduated from UCSD in 2014 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a specialization in HCI. He is one of the cofounders of Design at UCSD and is currently a Sr. Product Designer at Mint (Intuit). As an Intuit Innovation Catalyst, Ashwin coaches teams around the company in hypothesis driven experimentation, rapid prototyping, and deep customer empathy. Ashwin and Neema founded the organization currently known as Design at UCSD in 2012 with the goal of creating a vibrant design community at UC San Diego and bridging the gap between Design in Academia and Industry. Since graduating, they have mentored many students in the organization and periodically speak at Design at UCSD events.

Gary Cottrell

Talk Title: Neural Networks as Models of the Mind Bio: Garrison W. Cottrell is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. He is Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Science at UCSD, and the Director of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, an NSF-sponsored Science of Learning Center involving 40 PI’s at 18 institutions in four countries. He is also a founding PI of the Perceptual Expertise Network.

Eric Leonardis

Talk Title Workshop 1: Rats, Robots, Respiration, and Rhythm Talk Title Workshop 2: Historian of Science Practicing Systems Neuroscience Eric Leonardis is a 3rd year PhD student in Cognitive Science at UCSD conducting research in systems neuroscience and mammal-robot interaction with Professor Andrea Chiba and Dr. Laleh Quinn. He received his BA from Hofstra University with a triple major in History, Psychology, and Chinese Studies. He is currently researching human-robot collaboration, rodent social olfaction, and developing a rat-robot brain-computer interface.

AI Master

Talk Title: Artificial Intelligence: the Next Industrial Revolution AI-Master is a UCSD startup that was founded in order to develop the ultimate online Machine Learning and Deep Learning Education Platform. We are a team of 30 dedicated AI Students, Engineers, Educators, and Researchers working to make the process of learning about Ai easier and better for all levels of learners.