12th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication “Impact of Visuospatial Skills on Learning”
October 31st - November 1st, 2017

Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia


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October 31st

16:15 – 17:30 Registration

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee

17.00 – 18.30 Panel discussion on Visuo-spatial cognition and Artificial Intelligence (with Prof. Uttal, Prof. Coecke, Prof. Stieff, and prof. Šķilters)

18.30 – 20.30 Welcome reception


November 1st

University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris. 19, Lielā aula

8.30 – 9.45 Registration

9.45 – 10.00 Symposium opening

10.00 – 11.00 Plenary lecture / Accenture MadScience Talk (free public access)

“When, how, and why does spatial thinking matter in learning science and mathematics?”
David H. Uttal, President of Cognitive Development Society and Professor at the School of Education and Social Policy & Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA.

11.15 – 12.00  Parallel sessions

Lielā aula­

“Color variability in interface perception”

Signe Bāliņa, Dace Baumgarte, Līga Zariņa, Jurģis Šķilters
University of Latvia

Mazā aula

“Spatiotemporal vs language skills in causation”

Dr. Selma Coecke
University College London, UK


Auditorium 16

“Towards Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy: Method Development”

Gundars Bērziņš, Inese Muzikante, Ivars Austers
University of Latvia


12.00-13:00 Lielā aula

Plenary session supported by Accenture

“From quantum processes to cognition via pictures”
Bob Coecke,
Professor of Quantum Foundations, Logics and Structures, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, UK

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch (University Restaurant ‘Daily’)

14.00 – 15.00 Plenary session

“The validity of visuo-spatial ability for predicting STEM achievement”
Mike Stieff,
Professor, Department of Chemistry, Learning Sciences Research Institute University of Illinois-Chicago, IL, USA

15.00 – 16.30 Invited parallel workshops

Lielā aula

"The paradox of transfer: Lessons from spatial thinking"

Workshop with prof. David Uttal
(Northwestern University, USA)


Mazā aula

"Reasoning pictorially: how, why and when"

Workshop with Prof. Bob Coecke
(Oxford University, UK)


16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break (University Restaurant ‘Daily’)

17:00  Concert by Michael Holt (piano & guitar), Boston, MA, USA.
Entrance fee – donations. (University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19, Lielā aula)

19:00  Farewell Dinner. Invitations only. (“Café Film Noir” at the Cinema Splendid Palace, Elizabetes iela 61)