Amsterdam Perception and Action 2002

Human Movement Sciences Symposium on Perception and Action

On Friday January 18, 2002 the symposium “Human Movement Sciences Symposium on Perception and Action” will be held at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Eight renowned researchers from Europe and the United States will present their current research in perception and action and will give hints as to what directions to take in the future.
The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for discussion on issues relating to perception and action. There will be ample time for discussion after each lecture. A large variety of scientists and students are invited to participate in these discussions.

9:05 – 9:15      Opening
9:15 – 10:00     Prof. Sverker Runeson, Uppsala University Sweden: On Modes Of Apprehension.
10:00 – 10:45        Prof. Michael Turvey, University of Connecticut USA: Space (And Its Perception): The Initial And Final Frontier
10:45 – 11:15    Break
11:15 – 12:00      Prof. Geoffrey Bingham, Indiana University USA: A Perception/Action Model of Bimanual Rhythmic Movement (and Phase Perception)
12:00 – 12:45     Prof. Claudia Carello, University of Connecticut USA: Perceiving Affordances By Dynamic Touch: Hints From The Control Of Action
12:45 – 13:45    Lunch
13:45 – 14:30      Prof. Peter Beek, Vrije Universiteit The Netherlands: Integrated Modeling Of Neural And Musculoskeletal Dynamics
14:30 – 15:15   Prof. William Warren Jr., Brown University USA: Behavioral Dynamics Of Human Locomotion
15:15 – 15:45    Break
15:45 – 16:30      Prof. Robert Shaw, University of Connecticut USA: Theoretical Hubris and the Willingness to be Radical: An Open Letter to James J. Gibson
16:30 – 17:15  Prof. Reinoud Bootsma, University of the Mediterranean France: Invariance And Variability In Movement Patterns: Informational Dynamics
17:15 – 17:25     Closing remarks
17:25    Social gathering

The registration fee for the whole symposium is 35 Euro (DFl 77) for senior scientists and graduate students, and 10 Euro (DFl 22) for undergraduate students. Registration is possible until Friday January 11, 2002. The costs include lunch and refreshments. Please register by replying to the e-mail message, mentioning your name and affiliation. Payment of the registration fee should be remitted by bank transfer: Postbank no. 43 39 272, VU-FBW Amsterdam. Please mention ‘HMSPA’, number 2414008, and the name(s) of the participant(s).

The lectures will be held in room G-613, in the building of the Medical Faculty and the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit. The room is located at the top floor. The building is located on the campus of the Vrije Universiteit, the address is van der Boechorststraat 7-9 in Amsterdam.

Public transportation from Amsterdam Central Station to the Vrije Universitet takes about 30 minutes by tram 5 or metro 51, exit at stop ‘VU/Boelelaan’. From this stop, follow the signs ‘van der Boechorststraat 7-9’. From Duivendrecht or Schiphol Railway station: train towards Amsterdam Zuid/WTC, from here to Vrije Universiteit takes about 15 minutes (tram 5 or metro 51 to Amstelveen, exit at stop ‘VU/Boelelaan’). For more information about times of departure and arrival: or phone: + 31 900 9292. Those who read Dutch can also look at: On that site also a map of the campus can be found.

Raoul Bongers and Frank Zaal
Faculty of Human Movement Sciences
Vrije Universiteit
Van der Boechorststraat 9
1081 BT Amsterdam
tel: +31 20 444 8522/36
fax: +31 20 444 8529 or