Human and Animal Movement: Where Does Stereotypy End and Variability Start?
Dr. Lena Ting (Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Trisha Kesar (Emory University)
Emory Theory and Modeling of Living Systems
Neural Engineering Center (NEC)
Monica Daley, PhD (University of California, Irvine)
Gordon Berman, PhD (Emory University)
Gelsy Torres-Oviedo, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)
Nidhi Seethapathi, PhD(University of Pennsylvania)
Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D. (University of Houston)
Identification of stereotyped features of movements and their changes in health and disease have been acommon step towards understanding and modeling movements and mechanisms of motor control that giverise to them. However, we can often recognize individuals by the way they move, and differences in motorcontrol and movement are influenced by prior experience, training, personality, and disease mechanisms. Inother words, stereotypy is not that stereotyped! What is to be gained by looking past regularities inmovement across individuals and understanding aspects of movement and motor control unique toindividuals? To what extent are data considered stereotypical through one lens, but variable throughanother can help us in understanding movements and their neural generation? What are the techniques thatallow us to identify and characterize stereotypy versus individuality to help us understand normal andimpaired movement? Our speakers will explore these and other related questions using methods frombiomechanics, neural control of movement, and machine learning, and by addressing basic science,technology development, and clinical questions. Each speaker will deliver a 10 minute bold, provocative talkto sketch the current boundaries of the field and chart its future developments. Ample time will be set asidefor moderated questions and discussion.
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