New Directions in Motor Control Workshop

Emory Conference Center Hotel | May 18-19, 2017

To interact with the environment, the brain must quickly process a tremendous amount of sensory information and then coordinate the actions of the muscles to execute behavior. Whether the action is as simple as walking to a bus stop, or as complex as painting a picture or learning a language, many parts of the nervous system must work together to produce skilled behavior.

In this two day workshop we will span the arc from sensory processing to motor control with a devoted focus on how the respective brain areas work together, that is “sensorimotor coupling” which is yet understood only rudimentary.

Another focus of the workshop is to emphasize the importance of collaborative interactions between neurophysiologists on the one hand and theorists and modelers on the other.

Hands-on tutorials complement the talks of the workshop with practical learning sessions of selected state-of-the-art techniques for neuronal data analysis.


Dates: May 18-19, 2017

Location:  Emory Conference Center, 1615 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA  30329

Organizing Committee

David Hofmann -

Sam Sober -

Simon Sponberg -

Advisory Committee

Dieter Jaeger -

Ilya Nemenman -


This workshop is sponsored by the Kavli Brain Forum at Emory and Georgia Tech, an anonymous gift to promote theoretical physics approaches in biology, and Emory Conference Center Subvention, with additional support from Emory’s Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, Emory’s Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods, Georgia Tech's College of Sciences and College of Engineering, Georgia Tech's Schools of Physics and Biological Sciences, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory and Georgia Tech.