Conferences & External Workshops 2023 – 2026

Workshop in Cognitive Science and Philosophy
Empirical Investigations of Situated Cognition

06 – 07/06/2024, University of Osnabrück

The third cohort of PhDs has successfully started their projects in our Research Training Group ‘Situated Cognition’. Now, the PhDs are ready to give insights into their projects and research in more detail. Starting out with a workshop focused on the empirical investigations within situated cognition, our PhDs present their work and are joined by our highly regarded keynote speakers. Alice Auersperg, Sam Wass, and Tobias Meilinger give us their perspective on questions such as how problems are solved in non-human animals, what developmental trajectories can tell us about later cognitive abilities or how cognition differs when in virtual versus real space. This first workshop will cover current trends and topics in the fields of Animal Cognition, Developmental Psychology, and Virtual Reality. In order to continuously learn more about structural injustice at university and to foster a diverse and equal environment, we have also invited Anna Welpinghus to give a workshop as well as talk.

Program Overview

– Thursday, 6th of June –

14:00 – 14:10IntroductionNikola Kompa & Albert Newen
14:10 – 15:10invited TalkAnna WelpinghusAbout General Perspectives in Science: Dealing with Structural Injustice at the University
15:10 – 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 – 15:50Short Presentation AssociateRenee YeAI Companionship Qua Interactive Exotica
15:50 – 16:10Short Presentation
3rd Cohort PhD
Anıl Bayindir (RUB)The neural representation and plasticity of pigeons’ body plan
16:10 – 16:35 Coffee Break
16:35 – 17:45Keynote
Alice AuerspergBreaking New Ground: Innovation in Birds Primates and Human Infants
18:30Dinner at Rimio Asian Fusion

– Friday, 7th of June –

09:00 – 10:10Keynote
Sam WassHow Early Inter-Personal Interaction Dynamics Drive Attention and Intentional Communication
10:10 – 10:553rd Cohort PhDLeonard Kulisch (RUB)The Effects of Parental Cognitions on Dynamic Parent-Child Interactions and Separation Anxiety Symptoms
10:55 – 11:15Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:003rd Cohort PhDSyrine Rekhis (UOS)How Do Our Chemosenses Communicate With Metabolism?
12:00 – 12:453rd Cohort PhDWilliam Angkasa (UOS)Mindreading – Mindinforming – Mindshaping: A Situated Approach to Understanding Crowd Psychology
12:45 – 13:00Photo Session
13:00 – 14:15Lunch BreakMensa Westerberg
14:15 – 15:003rd Cohort PhDJohn Jairo Madrid Carvajal (UOS)In the Driver’s Seat: Principal Components of Sensorimotor Coordination in Autonomous and Manual Driving
15:00 – 15:453rd Cohort PhDAitana Grasso Cladera (UOS)New Perspectives on the Approach-Avoidance Bias: Preliminary Results
15:45 – 16:10Coffee Break
16:10 – 17:20Keynote
Tobias MeilingerSituated Cognition in Real and Virtual Spaces

First Conference of the Third Cohort
Three Generations RTG ‘Situated Cognition’

05–06/10/2023, Ruhr University Bochum

Our Research Training Group ‘Situated Cognition’ has now started its third and last training generation of twelve new PhD students, with the second cohort simultaneously finalizing their projects. At this unique point in time, we would like to unite all three generations of PhDs together with many current, former and future members and collaborators, both internal and external. This includes our highly regarded keynote speakers: Louise Barrett, Joel Krueger, Peter König, and Heidi Maibom covering topics like situated affectivity, agency, perspectivism, social cognition and the interaction of neuroscience and AI.

Program Overview

The detailed schedule can be found here.

– Thursday, 5th of October –

09:45 – 10:00IntroductionAlbert Newen
10:00 – 11:10KeynoteHeidi MaibomWhy Perspectives Matter
12:15 – 13:003rd Cohort Speed Presentations (I)4-PERC: Syrine Rekhis (UOS)
5-PERC: Anil Bayindir (RUB)
6-AGEN: John Jairo Madrid Carvajal (UOS)
7-AGEN: Aitana Grasso Cladera (UOS)
8-SESC: Alessandra Mascaro (UOS)
9-SESC: Leonard Kulisch (RUB)
Empirical Projects in the RTG ‘Situated Cognition’
17:15 – 18:25KeynoteLouise BarrettGiving up the Ghost, and Getting Into the Goo: Embracing the Brain as an Organ of the Body (Not the Mind), and Taking Sociality Seriously

– Friday, 6th of October –

09:00 – 10:10KeynotePeter KönigNormative Ethics of the Human and Artificial Agent Interaction
11:15 – 12:003rd Cohort Speed Presentations (II)1-META: Christian Scholz (RUB)
2-META: Yizhi Li (RUB)
3-PERC: Matteo Cerasa (RUB)
10-SESC: William Angkasa (UOS)
11-LING: Kirill Leshchinskii (UOS)
12-LING: Sofia Pedrini (RUB)
Theoretical Projects in the RTG ‘Situated Cognition’
15:20 – 16:40Panel discussionImke von Maur
(Panelists: Beate Krickel, Sabrina Coninx, Martina Havenith-Newen)
Women in Science and Philosophy
16:50 – 18:00KeynoteJoel KruegerAffordances, Affect, and Spatial Agency