Advances in Motor Learning & Motor Control 2017

Welcome to Advances in Motor Learning & Motor Control 2017!
(Formerly, Translational & Computational Motor Control - TCMC)
1–7pm Friday, November 10, 2017
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 152A

This symposium provides an annual forum for presenting the best new work in motor control and motor learning, including studies of human motor behavior, imaging, motor neurophysiology, and computational modeling. The 2017 meeting will be held at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington DC at the DC Convention Center, Room 152A.   There will be 3 plenary talks and 10 contributed talks chosen from open submissions (please see below for submission information and for last year’s schedule). Contributed talks will be 16min + 6min for questions.

To help cover the meeting and refreshment break (coffee) costs, the registration fees will be $40 for students, $50 for postdocs, and $60 for faculty. You can pay the registration fee by clicking the "Registration" tab above. Alternatively, you can pay on site at the conference, but the registration fees will be 50% higher after November 1. You can join our email list (or opt out) here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Maurice Smith, John Krakauer, & Alaa Ahmed


The submission deadline is October 3, 2017 at midnight (but submissions will continue to be accepted anytime that night). There are no submission fees. The acceptance rate for submitted talks has historically been around 30%.

Abstract submissions consist of a 2-page PDF (1 page of text & a 2nd page primarily of figures and their captions). The main text should be ≥ 11pt with a line spacing of ≥ 1, and figure captions should be ≥ 9pt. Successful abstracts from last year are linked at the bottom of this page, and for prior years, you can find them here. See the bottom of this page for the link to submit an abstract. 

Submissions will be competitively peer reviewed by our program committee of over 40 leading experts in motor control and motor learning, and reviewer comments will be provided. The top submissions will be accepted for 22-minute oral presentations (6 minutes of which is reserved for questions). If you are a faculty member willing to review about 5 abstracts and would like to join the program committee please send a message to

2016 MLMC Program outline

Last year’s meeting: Friday November 11, 2016 - Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, Marina Ballroom F

1:00 PM  Plenary Speaker: Daniel Wolpert, Cambridge Univeristy, UK. - Sensorimotor Decisions

Peer-reviewed talks

Error-dependent changes in cerebellar Purkinje cells during saccade adaptation
David Herzfeld, Yoshiko Kojima, Robijanto Soetedjo, Reza Shadmehr

Optogenetic stimulation leads to connectivity changes across sensorimotor cortex in non- human primates: implications for effective stroke rehabilitation
Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad, Daniel Silversmith, Philip Sabes

Hierarchical motor sequence representation in human neocortex
Atsushi Yokoi, Jörn Diedrichsen

New perspective on the impact of aging on motor adaptation
Koenraad Vandevoorde, Jean-Jacques Orban de Xivry

→ Coffee Break

3:15 PM  Plenary Speaker: Megan Carey, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown & HHMI - Cerebellar contributions to coordinated locomotion in mice

Motor planning maximizes performance under uncertainty about task goals
Aaron Wong, Adrian Haith

Hierarchical state-space representations for efficient control: theory, behavior, and neural signatures
Daniel McNamee, Daniel Wolpert, Máté Lengyel

Repetition enhances movement preparation
Firas Mawase, Adrian M. Haith, Pablo Celnik

→ Coffee Break

Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience Summer School, Student Talk:
A memory of errors modulates the extent of sensorimotor learning
Scott Albert, Hannah Sheahan, Lonneke Teunissen, Koenraad Vandevoorde

Neural biases in PMd and M1 during a two-target reaching task
Brian Dekleva, Konrad Kording, Lee Miller

Mental Rotation as a Behavioral and Neural Model of Explicit Aiming During Visuomotor Learning
Samuel McDougle, Jordan Taylor

Fast-adapting Bayesian prior for visual motion speed in the smooth pursuit eye movement system
Timothy Darlington, Stephen Lisberger

6:45 PM  Plenary Speaker: Nao Uchida, Harvard University - Force-Field Adaptations in Mice.






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