Toward a Science of Consciousness 2014

Session:     TECHNOLOGY / Demos  /  Games 

Location:    Arizona Historical Society  Museum  "Treasure Gallery"

Wednesday  4/22/14      7:00 - 10:00 PM 

Friday            4/25/14      7:00 - 10:00 PM 

DEMO 1   GINO YU   - Game Products at the M Lab


Gino  Yu, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development

School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong


DEMO  2   BEN BOGART  - A Machine that Dreams   

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A Machine That Dreams: A Computational Implementation of An Integrative Theory of Visual Mentation and Spontaneous Creativity

In this research we have developed an Integrative Theory that binds biopsychological mechanisms enabling visual mentation (perception, mental imagery, mind-wandering, and dreaming) with a spontaneous and unconscious generator involved in creativity. Three major hypotheses form the core of our Integrative Theory: (1) visual mentation and spontaneous aspects of creativity involve the activation of high-level representations of sensory information; (2) the phenomenological experience of visual mentation is due to the activation of these high-level representations; (3) shared mechanisms of simulation enable visual mentation and spontaneous creativity; and (4) modes of visual mentation are contiguous. The theory is developed as a conceptual framework for the development of a companion computational model and site-specific artwork: A Machine that Dreams. The artwork is produced as part of a series of site-specific installations: Context Machines. In these installations, visual images are collected from the environment around the work and serve as the material from which generative images are constructed. A Machine that Dreams learns from its visual experience during waking. Learning accumulated during waking is exploited in both the generation of waking perceptions, and in dream simulations constructed in the absence of sensory input occurring during the night. Accordingly, this artwork/model is meant for long-term installation in a public setting in order to be exposed to as much variety of visual material as possible. Link:

Ben Bogart, Simon Fraser U, Surrey BC, Canada



Music Integrative Neurotherapy for Stress and Sleep Disorders

My therapy consists in composing music based on patient's data; the final product is multi-medial (audio and video generated by the audio); is delivered through special 3D sound headphones and interactive goggles.

The "patient" interacts with the video

Dr.Alexander J.Graur, Ph.D.,MT-BC
Associate, University of Torino, Italy; Post-graduate School in Health Psychology; Member, The New York Academy of Sciences
Editor in Chief (Europe), Journal of Biomusical Engineering,  OMICS Medical Sciences Journals,
Invited Professor,University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, Romania;

Dr. Graur is presenting a workshop on Monday afternoon:  The Neuroscience of Music  2: Music, Consciousness, Therapy