Virtual conference on relationship between computing and human movement set for July 15–17, 2020

The Seventh International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO’20), hosted virtually by Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Mana Contemporary, will take place virtually July 15–17, 2020. The gathering will feature presentations of papers, demonstrations of practice-based creative work, networking events, and keynote addresses. Steven Kemper (at left) of the Mason Gross Music Department is one of the coordinators of the conference.

MOCO is a interdisciplinary conference that brings together scientists, engineers, dancers, musicians, and artists to explore the relationship between computing technology and human movement. Scholars from around the world will present research and creative work exploring these themes.

MOCO’20 will include papers that explore such diverse themes as dance in STEM education, using sound to help with balance, employing machine learning to help developers working in virtual reality, and understanding the ways that humans respond to robots. The conference will also highlight a wide variety of creative works that feature dancers interacting with robots, a theatrical play that uses augmented reality, an artificially intelligent dance partner, and an interactive cabaret song where the vocalist’s movements affect how her voice is manipulated by a computer. Papers from this conference will be published by the Association for Computing Machinery as part of their International Conference Proceedings Series.

The three keynote addresses will be presented by Heidi Latsky, executive and artistic director of Heidi Latsky Dance, a New York-based, female-run organization dedicated to the creation of relevant, immersive performance art that is accessible to all; Dr. Gil Weinberg, professor and the founding director of Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he leads the Robotic Musicianship group focusing on developing artificial creativity and musical expression for robots and augmented humans. Among his projects are a marimba playing robotic musician called Shimon that uses machine learning for Jazz improvisation, and a prosthetic robotic arm for amputees that restores and enhances human drumming abilities; and Dr. Dimitris Metaxas, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University, where he directs the Center for Computational Biomedicine, Imaging and Modeling (CBIM). Dr. Metaxas’s research explores the development of formal methods upon which computer vision, computer graphics and medical imaging can advance synergistically.

MOCO’20 is open to the public with a limited number of spots available. A $45 registration is required. 

MOCO’20 is organized by Dr. Antonia Zaferiou (Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology), Dr. Vilelmini Kalampratsidou (Postdoctoral Researcher, Computer Science, Rutgers University), Dr. Steven Kemper (Associate Professor, Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University), Dr. Carla Caballero Sánchez (Assistant Professor, Motor Control and Learning, Miguel Hernandez University of Elche, Spain), and Dr. Sara Pixley (Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS), Rutgers University). Dr. Elizabeth B. Torres (Associate Professor, Psychology, Rutgers University), Molly Feingold (Mana Contemporary), Frances Salvo (Stevens Institute of Technology) and Poliana Duarte (Mana Contemporary) also provided organizational assistance. Financial support for MOCO’20 is provided by the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS), Mason Gross School of the Arts, Stevens Institute of Technology, and mBrainTrain.