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Mind, Technology, & Society Invited Speaker Series

What is MTS?

MTS is the department’s Mind, Technology, and Society speaker series. It is hosted by a different faculty member each semester. Founded by a generous gift from Professors Robert Glushko and Pamela Samuelson, MTS brings researchers and industry professionals from across the globe to present a variety of interdisciplinary work in cognitive science. See ourUCMerced CogSci youtube channel for videos of past MTS talks!

Who is invited to attend?

CIS graduate students, faculty, and staff, and all who are interested! Members of other departments at UC Merced as well as the general public are encouraged to attend. (Note: current CIS Ph.D. students are required to attend MTS each semester in residence, to fulfill their COGS 250 course requirement)

MTS Spring 2022 Schedule

Theme: Cognition, Culture, Collective

Mondays 3-4:30 p.m, unless otherwise noted

Location: Zoom, unless otherwise noted

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our speakers will be joining us virtually. Some of our speakers are joining us from overseas; their talks will be at 9 a.m. PT rather than the usual 3 p.m. Currently, a few speakers are still planning to visit in person, although this may change; if they do decide to visit in person, an announcement will be made closer to their visit. When speakers are presenting in person, masks will be worn by those in the room and a Zoom room will make the presentation accessible remotely as well.

Requests for the Zoom link may be sent to:

Jan. 24: Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford)

Jan. 31: James Evans (U. Chicago)

Feb. 7: Gareth Roberts (U. Pennsylvania)

Feb. 14: Steve Piantadosi (UC Berkeley)

Feb. 21: Presidents Day holiday

Feb. 28: Anita Woolley (Carnegie Mellon)

March 7: Megan Bang (Northwestern)

March 14: Federico Rossano (UC San Diego)

March 21: Spring Recess

March 28: Suzanne Dikker (New York University)

April 4: Paul Smaldino (UC Merced)

April 11: Michael Muthukrishna (London School of Economics) @ 9 a.m.

April 18: Thalia Wheatley (Dartmouth)

April 25: Manvir Singh (Institute for Advanced Study, Toulouse) @ 9 a.m.

May 2: Mirta Galesic (Santa Fe Institute)


View Past MTS Speakers

Updated January 2022