Gernot Riedel is Chair in Systems Neuroscience at Aberdeen, UK. He was an undergraduate in Darmstadt and obtained a PhD in Mainz, before working as a post-doctoral research fellow in Magdeburg, York and Edinburgh. In addition, he also is honorary Professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Nencki Institute, Warsaw. Gernot is an active member of numerous editorial boards of journals publishing behavioural science, has edited a number of special issues on selective topics related to cognition and has contributed >100 scientific publications. His research focuses on mechanisms for memory formation in animals (episodic, motor, habit), and how this knowledge can be translated to human disease. Consequently, the research group has established novel genetic and pharmacological models of major neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders with cognitive dysfunction (Alzheimer, Parkinson, schizophrenia, depression, autism, Rett, obsessive-compulsive) and these are investigated using behavioural, cellular, biochemical, physiological and imaging endpoints in vivo and in vitro including innovative wireless EEG devices for mice and the examination of sleep and sleep anomalies as biomarkers for neurological diseases.
Maurizio Mauri works at the Applied Technology and Neuropsychology Lab of IULM University in Milan where he studies emotional effects of virtual reality in terms of pyschophysiological reactions. He also did his PhD at IULM Milian (on communication and new technologies) and after that worked at the Brain and Congnitive Sciences department of MIT, Boston. His research focuisses on measurments of emotional states by psychophysiological states such as EEG, skin conductance and heart rate as well as eye tracking and facial expression measures, especially in relation to human-computer interaction, for example with social networks. In addition to his research work, he is a chartered psychologist and psychotherapist, adjunct professor at Università Statale di Milan, and a clinical psychologist at San Carlo Hospital of Paderno Dugnano (Milan).
Egon L. van den Broek is an assistant professor in Interaction Technology in the department of Information and Computing Sciences of the University of Utrecht. He is also a consultant (e.g. for TNO, Philips, the UN). Further, he serves as an external expert for various agencies (e.g., EU FP7, IWT, and ANR), as program committee member of conferences, on boards of advice, and on several editorial boards of journals, an encyclopedia, and book series. His interests are broad but are well illustrated by his background in Artificial Intelligence (AI) (MSc, 2001, Radboud University Nijmegen, RU), his first PhD on Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR) and his second PhD on Affective Signal Processing (2011, University of Twente). He has developed and lectured several courses and MSc tracks and guided 50+ BSc, MSc, post-doctoral, and PhD students.
Egon has published 150+ scientific articles and has several patent applications pending. He frequently serves as invited and keynote speaker and has received several awards.
Chair of the Scientific Program Committee
Andrew Spink is a senior consultant for Noldus Information Technology, where he has worked for 15 years. He has chaired the scientific program committee for the Measuring Behavior conferences since 2008. As a consultant his main task is to coordinate grant application for new research projects, and he also carries out training and consultancy in behavioral methods (especially related to Noldus' solutions) for Noldus' customers. He did his PhD at Glasgow University and has also worked in ecological research in England, the Netherlands, Egypt and the United States.