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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 Fall 2021 Schedule

Theme: Language and Perception

Mondays 3-4:30 p.m.

Location: COB 110

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes our circumstances difficult to predict over the coming months, some of the scheduled speakers may be visiting in person and some of them may be presenting purely via Zoom — and those decisions might be made with short notice. 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:

Aug. 30: Introduction for students by Michael Spivey (via Zoom at 3 p.m. PST)


Sep. 13: Daniel Richardson, University College London (via Zoom at 9 a.m. PST)

Sep. 20: Anna Borghi, Sapienza University of Rome (via Zoom at noon PST)

Sep. 27: James McClelland, Stanford University

Oct. 4: Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Vanderbilt University

Oct. 11: Natasha Kirkham, Birkbeck, University of London (via Zoom at 9 a.m. PST)

Oct. 18: Rick Dale, University of California, Los Angeles

Oct. 25: Anne Warlaumont, University of California, Los Angeles

Nov. 1: Joy Geng, University of California, Davis

Nov. 8: Anna Kuhlen, Humboldt University, Berlin

Nov. 15: Bodo Winter, University of Birmingham, England

Nov. 22: James Magnuson, University of Connecticut

Nov. 29: Dor Abrahamson, University of California, Berkeley

Dec. 6: Panel Discussion on Modularity in Cognitive Science

View Past MTS Speakers

Updated August 2021