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Interdisciplinary Network of Researchers in Touch


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Thursday 25th July, 2019

10:00: Meeting in Social Space, A22ECR networking events:

10:00: Welcome! (Holmes NP)

10:15: ECR Career Salon (Bremner A, Holmes NP)

11:30: How a funding panel works (Petersen R)

13:00: Introduction in Lecture Theatre, A01Introducing the organisers: Dr Nicholas Paul Holmes, Dr Andrew Bremner, Dr Ellen Poliakoff, Professor Francis McGlone, Dr Hannes Saal, Dr Donna Lloyd

13:00: Introduction to the Workshop; Touch in The HandLab (Holmes NP)

13:12: Introduction; Touch in the Birmingham BabyLab (Bremner AJ)

13:20: Introducing Francis McGlone (McGlone FP)

13:28: Introducing Hannes Saal (Saal HP)

13:36: Introducing Donna Lloyd (Lloyd DM)

13:44: Introducing Touch in the Body Eyes and Movement Lab (Poliakoff E)

14:00: Symposium in Lecture Theatre, A01Topics in the development of touch: Dr Giulia Orioli, Dr Natalie Bowling

14:00: Tactile expectation and peripersonal space in infancy (Orioli G)

14:15: Body representation across the lifespan: Evidence from mirror-touch synaesthetes and typical adults (Bowling N)

14:30: Developmental changes in sensory integration underlying body ownership (Greenfield KM, Ropar D)

14:45: Force production during tactile exploration (Loomes A, Roberts R)

15:00: KeyNote in Lecture Theatre, A01Large Area Conformable E-Skin: Professor Ravinder Dahiya
15:45: Posters & tea in Social Space, A22Break
16:15: Symposium in Lecture Theatre, A01Topics in Engineering: Yuyang Wei

16:15: Tactile sensing of human hand (modelling, simulation, & measurement), & biologically inspired tactile sensor design (Wei Y)

16:30: Mechano-tactile haptic feedback system for 3D printed, body-powered prostheses (Mr. Ge Shi, Dr. Helge Wurdemann )

16:45: Design of a novel multi-functional tactile sensor (Chen Y)

17:00: Bionic hand design and optimisation (Yang H)

17:15: KeyNote in Lecture Theatre, A01Obtaining and maintaining hand representation: lessons from alternative hands: Dr Tamar Makin
18:00: Posters & wine in Social Space, A22Posters:

Development of touch

1. The role of affective touch in modulating visual preference to faces in early infancy: A behavioural and psychophysiological investigation (Della Longa L, Carnevali L, Patron E, Farroni T)

2. Impaired proprioceptive sense of hand opening in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Paroli M, Dayananda K, Cornish ET, Jesudason EP, Valyear KF, Watt SJ)

3. Telling right from left: investigating the localization of touch in children (Blöcher N, Ossandón J, Suljić K, Martel M, Heed T & Habets B )

4. The effects of movement cues and hand corporeality in children’s sense of self (Dewe HL, Gottwold J, Bird LA, Cowie D)

16. Force Production during Tactile Exploration in Older and Younger Adults (Loomes A, Roberts R, Allen H, Wing A)

Neural coding of touch

5. Inter-hemispheric advantage in integrating tactile spatiotemporal information across fingers (Arslanova I, Gomi H, Haggard P)

6. Neural correlates of distorted body representations underlying tactile distance perception (Tamè L, Tucciarelli R, Sadibolova R, Sereno MI, Longo MR)

7. Trait sociability modulates cortical responses to affective but not discriminative touch (Haggarty CJ, Malinowski P, McGlone F, Walker SC)

8. Neural correlates of self-directed touch exploration and texture (Jessica Henderson, Andrej Stancak, Timo Giesbrecht, Alan Marshall, Andrew Hopkinson, Nicholas Fallon)

9. Somatosensory resonance paradigm taps into bodily sense of self (Gillmeister, H., Adler, J., Rigato, S.)

10. Skin wetness detection thresholds of the human index fingerpad and their modulation by moisture temperature (Merrick CK, Hignett S, Rosati R, Filingeri, D)

11. High-resolution whole-body mapping of warm and cold thermosensitivity in people with multiple sclerosis (Aikaterini Christogianni, Richard Bibb, Nikos Evangelou, Davide Filingeri )

12. Sensorimotor landscapes on the body: EEG studies of somatosensory processing during planned body-directed movements. (Xavier Job, Silvia Chiesa, Laura Buck, Julia Mayas Arellano & José van Velzen)

Other themes

13. How does the duration and type of embrace influence the pleasantness and sense of agency experienced when hugging? (Dueren AL, Vafeiadou K, Banissy MJ)

14. Anatomical stimuli enhance tactile and visuotactile perception but not the temporal crossmodal congruency effect (Alan O' Dowd, Francesca Sorgini & Fiona N Newell )

15. (Don’t) look over there! Can cueing enhance the filtering of visual distractors when making tactile judgements? (Poole D, Poliakoff E)

19:00: Evening meal in The Hemsley, University of NottinghamDinner:

Friday 26th July, 2019

09:15: Meeting in Lecture Theatre, A01Organisers' meeting:
09:35: Introduction in Lecture Theatre, A01Delphi consensus update: Dr Nicholas Paul Holmes

09:35: The Research in Touch Consortium: using the 'Delphi' consensus method (Holmes, NP)

09:45: Symposium in Lecture Theatre, A01Topics in somatosensory plasticity and touch perception: Dr Harriet Dempsey-Jones

09:45: Primary sensorimotor processing efficiently maps touch beyond the body (Miller LE, Bolognini N, Hayward V, Farnè A)

10:00: Computational modelling of hand representation in human somatosensory cortex (Edmondson LR, Saal HP)

10:15: Remapping vs reorganisation: what is the information content in the hand cortex of one-handers? (Muret D, Amoruso E, Makin TR)

10:30: Dissociable effects of temporary input loss on tactile perception and learning (Harriet Dempsey-Jones, Andreas Themistocleus, Davide Carone, Tammy Ng, Vanessa Harrar, & Tamar Makin)

10:45: Topology of remote tactile improvement induced by passive somatosensory stimulation (Macchione S, Muret D, Dinse HR, Koun E, Reilly KT, Farnè A)

11:00: Posters & tea in Social Space, A22Break & Books
11:30: KeyNote in Lecture Theatre, A01Microneurography: single unit recordings from touch afferents in humans: Dr Rochelle Ackerley
12:15: Symposium in Lecture Theatre, A01Topics in Microneurography & Touch: Adarsh Makdani

12:15: Ultrasound-guided, open-source microneurography (Dunham JP)

12:30: Intraneural Microstimulation, Touch & Pain (Makdani A)

12:45: An ultrafast system for signaling mechanical pain in human skin (Marshall AG)

13:00: Interhemispheric transfer of post-amputation plasticity in human somatosensory cortex (Valyear K)

13:15: Lunch & Exhibitors in Social Space, A22Dancer Design: Chris Dancer
14:15: KeyNote in Lecture Theatre, A01Sensory coding: Dr Rasmus Petersen
15:00: Symposium in Lecture Theatre, A01Topics in sensory coding in touch: Dr Malamati Bitzidou

15:00: Participation of cortical areas in whisker-mediated sequence discrimination. (Bitzidou M, Bale MR, Giusto E, Maravall M)

15:15: Neural coding principles of sensory perception and learning revealed by multiplane 2-photon imaging in somatosensory cortex (Panniello M, Zenke F, Rowland JM, Chong E, Kohl MM)

15:30: Adaptation in Barrel cortex during active sensation (Colins A, Loft M, Petersen R)

15:45: Investigating tactile discrimination learning in mice (Pacchiarini N, Honey RC, Fox KD )

15:50: Closing remarks; Prizes! (Holmes NP, Bremner A, Lloyd DM, McGlone F, Poliakoff E, Saal H)