hand with artificial sixth finger

Does your brain accept a sixth finger? – public talk on human-machine interactions

Dr. Ganesh Gowrishankar from the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique(CNRS), France will visit Aalto on April 8-9. He is going to give a talk on human-machine interactions on April 8.

Time: 14.30-15.30, April 8 (Monday)
Location: 1501 KIDE (Konemiehentie 1)
Title: Does your brain accept a sixth finger?

Abstract: How should machines- robots, computers agents and automated vehicles behave near humans, such that an interacting human is comfortable with them, trusts them, feels safe with them, and is willing to coexist with them? And how do these devices change the human behavior and brain? In our group we use integrated research in Engineering and Neuroscience to answer these questions and develop a better understanding of, what we call the science of human-machine interactions. In this talk I will briefly introduce the current/recent research in my group, and as an example of how we integrate neuroscience with robotics research, give more details of an ongoing work where we are examining the case of supernumerary robotic limbs, their control and how their ‘embodiment’ influences the behavior and brain of the user.

Bio: Ganesh Gowrishankar is a Directeur de Recherche (Senior Researcher) with the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS), France and is currently located at the the Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM) in Montpellier. He is a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, and University of Electro-communication in Tokyo. His research focuses on human-machine interactions by integrating core research in human sensori-motor control and cognitive neuroscience with robot control, learning and AI. Ganesh received his Bachelor of Engineering (first-class, Hons.) degree from the Delhi College of Engineering, India, in 2002 and his Master of Engineering from the National University of Singapore, in 2005, both in Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Imperial College London, U.K., in 2010.