Conferences & Symposia

Lost and Found: A Science Symposium about Navigation

Lost and Found symposium

The 2014 science symposium will focus on the important and challenging topic of navigation and way-finding. By bringing together experts in human cognitive neuroscience and neural computation, animal life science, anthropology and culture, space science, current and future technology, and emergency management, the Radcliffe Institute will conduct a broad, cross-disciplinary investigation about what it means to find our way.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Schedule

8 a.m.

REGISTRATION OPENS

9 a.m.

WELCOMING REMARKS

Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

John Huth, Donner Professor of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Codirector of the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

9:15 a.m.

NEUROSCIENCE AND COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

* This panel will not be webcast or videotaped. *

Moderator: Aravinthan D.T. Samuel, Professor of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Eleanor Maguire, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
"The Hidden Heroes of Navigation: Insights from Brain Imaging"

Yasser Roudi, Professor, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and the Centre for Neural Computation, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
"Neural Networks for Navigation"

10:45 a.m.

BREAK

11 a.m.

ANIMAL NAVIGATION

Introducer: Scott Edwards, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Ornithology; and Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Susanne Åkesson, Professor and Principal Investigator, Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University (Sweden)
"Animal Navigation: Where Do They Go and How Do They Find Their Way?"

11:45 a.m.

LUNCH AND POSTER SESSION

1 p.m.

HUMAN CULTURE AND NAVIGATION

Introducer: Silvia Benedito, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Richard Feinberg, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Kent State University
"Anthropology and Indigenous Navigation"

1:45 p.m.

LOST PERSON BEHAVIOR

Introducer: Alyssa A. Goodman, Professor of Astronomy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Robert Koester, Technical Instructor, Virginia Department of Emergency Management; Visiting Fellow, Kingston University (United Kingdom)
"Look in the Right Place"

2:30 p.m.

BREAK

2:45 p.m.

TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE

Moderator: Margo I. Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Hiawatha Bray, Technology Writer, the Boston Globe
"Right About Here: How We Finally Mastered the Art of Location"

George Hobbs, Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia)
"Pulsars as a Future Navigational Aid for Terrestrial and Space Travel"

4:15 p.m.

CLOSING REMARKS

John Huth

4:30 p.m.

RECEPTION AND POSTER SESSION