Neural Control of Movement Satellite Meeting

Join us April 15th for the NCM Satellite Meeting “Artificial sensorimotor control from restoration to augmentation”. The Satellite meeting will be held at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel in advance of the annual Society for the Neural Control of Movement Meeting.

Artificial sensorimotor control from restoration to augmentation

The satellite is organized by:

Tamar Makin, Cambridge University
Hayriye Cagnan, Oxford University
Sergey D. Stavisky, University of California, Davis
Silvestro Micera, EPFL

The focal point of this meeting is the confluence of cutting-edge neurotechnologies designed to improve motor control, encompassing Deep Brain Stimulation, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Peripheral Nervous Stimulation, as well as non-invasive counterparts such as prosthetics and exoskeletons. We will explore the spectrum from the restoration of impaired motor functions to the augmentation of existing capabilities and consider the myriad of motor control mechanisms harnessed by neurotechnologies, as well as their potential implications and applications. We will provide an overview of the current state of artificial sensorimotor control and also provide insight into how these technologies can evolve to address future challenges when technological advancement and user-driven brain plasticity meet. The proposed satellite meeting thus represents a unique opportunity to navigate and chart the future of this rapidly evolving landscape in neural control of movement. 

In memoriam

This year’s NCM’s satellite meeting will be dedicated to honouring the extraordinary impact of Sliman Bensmaia, a titan in the realm of artificial sensorimotor control. In the intricate symphony of neuroscience, Sliman Bensmaia was both a maestro and a rockstar. Sliman’s pioneering work, from mapping the brain’s tactile blueprint to creating a prosthetic arm that fist-bumped a President, was underscored by his indomitable spirit and unyielding curiosity.  With the roaring spirit of a Harley rider and the uncompromising meticulousness of an artist tuning a grand piano to the perfect pitch, it’s not just the man of science we remember but the unforgettable man behind the science – the jazz enthusiast, the candid orator, the larger-than-life personality and the life of every party, who could out-drink the lot of us, leaving laughter and legendary tales in his wake at every NCM.

08:00 – 08:30


08:30 – 9:30

Scientific Keynote

09:30 – 11:00

Session 1: Restoration

Speakers to be confirmed

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2: Augmentation

Speakers to be confirmed

13:00 – 14:00

Posters & Lunch

14:00 – 16:00

Session 3: Future Horizons

Speakers to be confirmed

16:00 – 17:00

Posters & Coffee break

17:00 – 17:30

Ethics of neurotechnologies

Speakers to be confirmed

17:30 – 18:15

To be confirmed