Brains, Robots and Dance

7 June 2018

Venue: Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

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Language:           This lecture will be held in English

Venue:                 Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10, Leiden

Schedule:           17.00-19.00

Entrance:            Free


Together with Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, the Lorentz Center organizes the public event ‘Brains, Robots and Dance’.

Brains, Robots and Dance

Between the 3rd and the 8th of June, a group of experts in neuroscience, robotics and dance, will gather at the Lorentz Center to investigate how humans read meaning in movement. Their hypotheses are that the capacity to capture significance in very subtle global movement patterns seems innate, processing it in grammar-like ways that may be essential mechanisms for the emergence of language.

In this public event they will present 2-3 short performance/ lecture-demonstrations, introducing the most relevant issues they will be  working during the week. Afterwards, a panel will be formed, answering questions from the audience and entering in public discussion.


Presenters and panelists need to be confirmed but may include:

Sarah Whatley (Dance, Coventry U)

Emilia Barakova (Robotics Eindhoven)

Stephen Batts (artistic director Echo Echo Dance Theatre Co., UK)

Lola Cañamero (Hertfordshire U)

Kwon Dong-soo (Robotics, Korea)

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave is the Dutch National Museum for the History of Science and Medicine. Its aim is to improve the societal support base for science in the Netherlands. Rijksmuseum Boerhaave always seeks to connect its activities with current events  (

The Lorentz Center

The Lorentz Center is a Dutch workshop center that is hosted by Leiden University. It organizes international scientific workshops in all disciplines, to promote innovative research at the scientific frontiers as well as on complex societal challenges. (


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