Exhibition of a poster based on GuestXR research during the Vision Sciences Society annual meeting

Vojta Smekal, PhD candidate at Maastricht University, has exhibited a poster based on GuestXR research during the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society held between May 19th-24th, 2023, in St. Pete Beach (Florida, United States).

The poster, entitled “Computing a unique neural fingerprint of human bodily expressions and actions”, presents a data-driven approach to extract crucial body information and relate it to neural activity. In particular, the poster introduces two methods of dimension reduction considering all of the available information and also to focus on parts explaining large amounts of variance.

Within GuestXR, Maastricht University leads the psychological and neuroscientific investigation of social interaction and group dynamics, focusing primarily on body language. It also coordinates the implementation of an “Ethics-by-Design” methodology to ensure that ethics are a key consideration in all aspects of the project.

The poster, included in the session “Perception and Action: Perception of Human Actions and Bodies”, was also contributed by Beatrice de Gelder and Marta Poyo, from Maastricht University; Tamás Szűcs, from Eötvös Loránd University, and Alexander Lappe and Martin Giese from University Clinic Tübingen.

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This year’s Vision Sciences Society meeting featured more than 200 talk presentations and around 1.100 posters. Its main purpose was to bring together in one forum scientists from a broad range of disciplines that contribute to vision science, including visual psychophysics, neuroscience, computational vision and cognitive psychology.

The scientific content of the meeting reflects the breadth of topics in modern vision science, from visual coding to perception, recognition and the visual control of action, as well as the recent development of new methodologies from cognitive psychology, computer vision and neuroimaging.