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12th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication “Impact of Visuospatial Skills on Learning”



Tuesday, October 31


University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19, aud. 13

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)


University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19, University restaurant “Daily”

18.30 – 20.30 Welcome reception.


Wednesday, November 1


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,



Aud. 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)