XIX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies
Berlin, Germany
July 3-5, 2014

Program Chairs: Mark Johnson, Denis Mareschal, & Núria Sebastián Gallés

The conference will be held at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Germany. Sessions will begin at 8:00 AM on Thursday and end at 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Decision notifications were sent to all authors on March 15, 2014. If you did not receive an email, please contact the ICIS Program Office at icisprogramoffice@gmail.com.

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     ⇒  Other Conferences of Interest

Invited Program Schedule At-A-Glance

Keynote Speakers:

 Giorgio Vallortigara (University of Trento)
 A Kantian Animal: Core Knowledge of object, space
 and number

 Thursday, July 3, 2014
 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM; Hall Berlin B+C

Tetsuro Matsuzawa (Kyoto University) 
The Evolutionary Origins of Human Cognitive Development: Insights from Research on Chimpanzees
Saturday, July 5, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM; Hall Berlin B+C

Dedicated Sessions:

 In Honor of Jacques Mehler
 Chair: Emmanuel Dupoux
 Speakers: Jacques Mehler (Language, Cognition and
 Development Lab, SISSA), Judit Gervain (Paris Descartes
 University), Mohinish Shukla (University of Massachusetts
 Boston) and Ágnes  Kovács (Central European University)
                          Thursday, July 3, 2014
                          1:30 PM - 3:00 PM; Hall Berlin C

In Honor of Scania de Schonen
Chair: Olivier Pascalis (CNRS)
Speakers: Scania de Schonen (Paris Descartes
University), Chiara Turati (University of Milano–Bicocca), Adelaide de Heering (Universite Catholique de Louvain), Frédérique Liégeois (University College London) and Christine Deruelle (Aix-Marseille University)
Friday, July 4, 2014
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM; Hall Berlin C

 In Honor of Janette Atkinson
 Chair: Marko Nardini (Durham University )
 Speakers: Janette Atkinson (University College London),
 Bruce Hood (University of Bristol), Terri Lewis (McMaster
 University) and Claes von Hofsten (Uppsala University)
 Saturday, July 5, 2014
 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM; Hall Berlin C

Conference Registration 
All rates are listed in US Dollars. As of June 25, 2014
you must register onsite. Registration rates are listed below:

Registration Types Registration Rate
Full Member $300
Full Non-Member $375
Student Member $125
Student Non-Member $165

Onsite Registration will be held in the Maritim Hotel Main Lobby.
Hours of Operation:

Wednesday, July 2 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, July 3 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday, July 4 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 5 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Cancellation Policy:

Refunds must be requested in writing by June 4, 2014.
Refunds for meeting registration will include a $30 cancellation fee. Refunds are processed 3 to 4 weeks after the meeting. 

Volunteer at the conference and receive a registration fee refund!

  • Volunteers must be student members of ISIS.
  • All volunteers must register for the meeting and will receive a refund 3 to 4 weeks after the meeting.
  • All volunteers must complete six credits worth of shifts in exchange for the meeting fee refund.
  • The volunteer shift selection and signup is first come, first served.
  • The registration fee waiver does not cover any ancillary events.

Please click here to volunteer

Presentation Information
Please click on the links below to find information regarding
poster and symposium presentations.


Hotel Contact Information:
Maritim Hotel Berlin
Stauffenbergstrasse 26
10785 Berlin
Phone +49 (0)30 2065-0

Click here to book a room in the ICIS room block at the Maritim Berlin

Transportation to Hotel:

Distance to Berlin Central Train Station: 3 km
Distance to Berlin Tegel Airport: 9 km
Distance to Berlin Schönefeld Airport: 23 km

Taxi fares:
♦ from Berlin Central Train Station ca. 8 €
♦ from Berlin Tegel Airport ca. 18 €
♦ from Berlin Schönefeld Airport ca. 30 €

Busses and trams:
♦ from Berlin Central Train Station
  Bus M85 direction "S Lichterfelde West" (Exit "Washingtonplatz") to stop "Kulturforum"
♦ from Berlin Tegel Airport
  Bus X9 to "Bahnhof Zoo", from there take bus 200 to stop "Philharmonie"
  (approx. 30-40 minutes)
♦ from Berlin Schönefeld Airport
  by rail to stop main station, from there take bus M85 to stop "Kulturforum"
  (approx. 45-60 minutes)

Coffee and Lunch Options

List of Restaurants Close to the Maritim Hotel

Child Care:
ICIS is not able to provide child care onsite, but the Maritim Hotel in Berlin recommended that parents attending the meeting contact the agency below for their child care needs.
Telefon/Fax.: +49 30 46 99 18 02
Mobil.: +49 176 20 66 12 89
e-mail: info@welcome-kids.de
Internet www.welcome-kids.de

   2014 Preconference and Additional Events

What Infants See in the Real World: Pre-Conference Meeting on Head-Mounted Eye Tracking
Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 5 – 8 pm
Salon 1 / Moscow, Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany
 Although there are no costs to register, pre-registration is required as the number of places available is limited. Please preregister before Friday 6th June by
e-mailing Hanna Mulder at h.mulder2@uu.nl

Head-mounted eye tracking is a novel technique which can be used to study what infants see in the real world, as they explore their environment and engage in interactions with objects and people. This pre-conference meeting aims to bring together researchers working with head-mounted eye tracking and head cameras in infancy research, as well as researchers interested in learning about the methodology and application of these techniques. The meeting will consist of two sessions. The first session is focused on methods, data analysis, and theory. The second session is focused on the application of this methodology in different developmental domains, such as infant vision, and social, language, and motor development. The meeting is open to researchers working with head-mounted eye tracking and head cameras, as well as researchers who are interested in learning about the methodology and application of these tools.
Speakers: John Franchak (Indiana University), Jason Babcock (Positive Science, New York), Yukie Nagai (Osaka University), Karen Adolph (New York University), Chen Yu (Indiana University), Linda Smith (Indiana University), Hanako Yoshida (University of Houston), and Kari Kretch (New York University)
Organizers: Sam Wass (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK) and Hanna Mulder (Department of Special Education, Utrecht University, the Netherlands).
Sponsor: the meeting is sponsored by Positive Science (http://www.positivescience.com/)

ACT Pre-conference in Action Development: Theory and Methods
Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 8:30am - 6:30pm
Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany
 Fees will be 70€ and are inclusive of two coffee breaks and a lunch buffet. Registration Deadline is 2nd June 2014. For any inquiries regarding registration please contact registration@eu-act.org.

ACT is pleased to announce a pre-conference in Action Development: Theory and Methods, on 2nd July 2014, coinciding with ICIS 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The field of developmental action research, with its associated methodological innovations, is rapidly growing. The primary objective of this pre-conference is to promote the exchange of research advances relating to action comprehension and action execution during infancy and toddlerhood. In addition, our goal is to discuss how new technologies and methodological improvements enrich our understanding of action processing in development. Abstracts are accepted through 11th April 2014. 
Website: http://eu-act.org/icis-pre-conference

Computational Models of Infant Development
Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon 16 / Riga, Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Registration and Poster Presentation: Participation of the workshop is free of charge. In order to register please use this link and follow the instructions. The workshop will comprise a poster session. Participants can apply for a poster presentation within the above registration form. Seating at the venue as well as poster boards are limited and registrations will be handled on a first come first serve basis.

Recent years have seen a growing interest in using computational modeling to complement classic experimental approaches for studying infant development. This workshop is aimed at modelers and non-modelers alike. It showcases recent successes of the fruitful interaction of empirical and theoretical/computational research in infant development. Leading theorists will highlight how careful theoretical work can lead to a better understanding of empirical data and generate testable predictions for future experiments. A second aim of the workshop is to compare different modeling approaches or „schools“ including neural networks, Bayesian reasoning, and dynamical systems, emphasizing their respective strengths and weaknesses.
Speakers: Josh Tenenbaum (MIT), Denis Mareschal (Birkbeck, University of London), Verena V. Hafner (Humboldt University Berlin), Minoru Asada (Osaka University), Gregor Schöner (University of Bochum), Hiroki Mori (Osaka University)
Organizers: Jochen Triesch, Matthew Schlesinger, Matthias Rolf, Minoru Asada
Sponsors: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)
For more information please visit this website: 

Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Breakfast Reception on the Development of Singing, Singing and Education, and Singing and Wellbeing
Friday 4th July 2014, 7:15am – 9:15am
Salon 11 / Madrid, Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany

Registration: Although there are no costs to register, pre-registration would be appreciated as the number of places available is limited. Please pre-register by emailing Petra Hauf at phauf@stfx.ca

The human voice and mind together support two natural expressive abilities, speaking and singing. Each ability serves distinct though sometimes overlapping functions. The acquisition and nature of speech has been the focus of a vast research enterprise. In contrast, less scholarly inquiry has been directed to singing, to its acquisition, its perceptual-cognitive processes, social roots, and potential for cross-cultural communication. Linked to social, cultural, and biological development, the study of singing draws on many disciplines and submits to many forms of methodological exploration and analysis. Recognizing a need for a comprehensive framework, an international collaboration of over 70 scholars in the humanities and social sciences started in 2009 to Advance Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS). Together, the AIRS collaborators aim to integrate new multidisciplinary knowledge about singing from the perspectives of psychology, music, education, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, and folklore, assisted by computer science and audio engineering. This unique team addresses three research themes: ‘Development of Singing’, ‘Singing and Education’ and ‘Singing and Well-being’ and develops an interactive web-based virtual research environment (http://www.airsplace.ca), enabling discussions and information sharing across Canada and beyond. The site hosts a one-of- a-kind digital library database of singing.
Organizers: Petra Hauf (St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada) & Annabel Cohen (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada)
Sponsor: The breakfast reception is sponsored by AIRS (http://www.airsplace.ca) and SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada)

European Research Council Workshop
Saturday 5 July 2014, 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Salon 7, Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany

The ERC aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by supporting the very best scientists, scholars and engineers in any field of research. Through Europe wide peer reviewed competition with scientific excellence as the sole selection criterion the brightest ideas at the frontiers of knowledge are funded. There are neither thematic priorities, nor geographical quotas. The competitions are open to top researchers from anywhere in the world, provided they are based in or are moving to Europe.
The ERC has a set of funding instruments providing opportunities to the most promising and top researchers. ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains. In addition, the ERC launched in March 2011 the "Proof of Concept" initiative aiming at providing ERC grantees with additional funding to bridge the gap between their project and early stage of innovation.
This symposium, bringing together representative of the Scientific Council, Grantees and ERC Scientific Officer, aims to give an overview of ERC activities.

• Nuria Sebastian Galles (Vice-President of the ERC Scientific Council, ERC AdG Grantee)
• Emmanuel Dupoux - Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ERC AdG Grantee)
• Gustaf Gredebäck - Uppsala University (ERC StG Grantee)
• Sid Kouider - Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ERC StG Grantee)
• Agnes Kovacs – Central European University (ERC StG Grantee)
• Juan Manuel Toro - University Pompeu Fabra (ERC StG Grantee)
• Chiara Turati - University of Milano–Bicocca (ERC StG Grantee)
• Pilar Lacruz – European Research Council Executive Agency, Brussels

Conversation Hour with the NSF Developmental
and Learning Sciences Program Director
Saturday 5 July 2014, 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Salon 4+5, Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany

Speaker: Laura Namy, United States National Science Foundation

Come participate in an open question and answer session on funding opportunities within NSF for developmental scientists, and best practices for preparing competitive grant proposals. Feel free to bring your lunch!

2014 Exhibitors, Advertisers, and Sponsors

Exhibit Hours in Hall Maritim:
Thursday, July 3 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday, July 4 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 5 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Booth        Exhibitor
8              Artinis - Artinis makes FNIRS imaging and oxygenation measurements easy
                and affordable with fit to purpose solutions, for both adults and children, with
                easy upgrades and highly flexible, sensitive and portable systems.
11            Brain Products GmbH - Brain Products is a leading manufacturere of solutions
                for neurophysiological research with more than 15 years of experience in
                state-of-the-art solutions for EEG/ ERP/ EP, EEG & fMRI, EEG & TMS, EEG &
                MEG. We look forward to meeting you!
3              Databrary - Databrary is a library for developmental researchers to share
                video and associated metadata. The Databrary project also includes Datavyu,
                a free tool that enables coding, exploring, and analyzing video data.
                Visit http://databrary.org/ and http://datavyu.org
12            Electrical Geodesics, Inc. (EGI) - Whole-head, fMRI-compatible EEG systems
                include the easy and comfortable Geodesic Sensor Net, amplifier, and
                software. EGI also offers source estimation software, experimental control
                workstations and integrated eye tracking systems.
4 & 9        Mangold International - Mangold International is a world leading provider for
                observational researchlabs. Our integrated, easy to use hardware and
                software solutions enable researchers from different disciplines professional
                observational studies. More at www.mangold-international.com.
10            Noldus Information Technology - With 25 years of experience we translate
                your questions into provensolutions and services. Our labs come complete with
                The Observer XT, eye trackers, and data acquistion systems and are ideal to
                study infant behavior and development.
5              Oxford University Press - OUP's publishing represents the scientific study of
                behaviour in all its extraordinary diversity. All our recent and popular infant
                studies titles will be available for sale at the OUP stand.
6              SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) - RED remote eye trackers and SMI Eye
                Tracking Glasses 2.0 by SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) allow researchers to
                study visual behavior of babies and young children in laboratory and natural
1              Springer - Springer’s Infant and Child Development Books and Journals,
                where leading scholars and practitioners connect research and practice, giving
                professionals the information and tools they need.
2              SR Research Ltd. - SR Research Ltd. Is the creator of the EyeLink eye
                trackers, suitable for tracking participants of all ages (including freely moving
                infants) with exceptional accuracy and temporal resolution.  
7              Tobii Technology - Tobii is the world's leading vendor of eye tracking
                technology to study human behavior. Our products are used in developmental
                psychology, cognitive psychology, ophthalmology, neurophysiology, reading
                studies and primate research.

Electrical Geodesics - Resource Table
Karger - Resource Table

Association for Psychological Science - Karmiloff-Smith Invited Speech & Coffee Break
Databrary - Internet Center
Jacobs Foundation - Jacobs Foundation Travel Awards
Mangold International - Graduate Student Travel Awards
Wiley-Blackwell Publishers - Graduate Student Travel Awards 

Other Conferences of Interest

Neuroscience and Education, June 12-14, 2014, Göttingen, Germany

International Workshop on Language Production, July 16-18, 2014, Geneva


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