MMM & MAC - MARCS Monday Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium 2nd November 2020

Event Name MMM & MAC - MARCS Monday Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium 2nd November 2020
Start Date 2 Nov 2020 12:00 pm
End Date 2 Nov 2020 2:00 pm
Duration 2 hours

Join us at the next MMM & MAC. Starting with David Tait & Eryn Newman on building effective virtual court facilities, followed by Anthony Burkitt about a real-time temporal alignment hypothesis for the brain.

NOTE: Both sessions will take place via Zoom ID 986 9057 6845.


12pm - MARCS Monday Meeting

Topic: Measuring empathy, authority and credibility in interactive virtual environment
Speakers: Professor David Tait & Dr Eryn Newman

Abstract: The current generation of video conferencing platforms can support meetings and seminars reasonably well, even if they do produce high levels of fatigue and boredom. They are less effective for multi-party interactions like court hearings, where participants need to be able to interact with others located around the virtual court in several different directions, make (or avoid) eye contact, and see others making eye contact with one another. This paper reports on the first prototype of an immersive virtual court facility, carried out at the Werrington South campus of WSU, and outlines subsequent plans to build a portable virtual court facility for the Victorian court system.


Professor David Tait
researches justice policy issues - including justice environments, judicial rituals, court safety and security, and justice technologies.  Current research projects include "Just spaces: security without prejudice in the wireless courtroom", a study of the position of the accused in court  (ARC project); "The distributed court", the use of immersive video technologies in court (funded by NSW Department of Justice); "Mobile technologies in the courtroom", study of iPads used both for display and jury deliberation.

Dr Eryn Newman's research and training are in memory and cognition. She completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand and from 2012-2015 she studied at the University of California, Irvine as a Fulbright Scholar and then Research Scholar. During this time she studied human memory and forensic science communication/jury decision-making. From 2015-2017 she trained as a Research Associate/Postdoc at the University of Southern California, studying social-cognitive perspectives on assessments of truth and memory. In early 2018 she joined the ANU as a Lecturer in the Research School of Psychology.

1pm – MARCS Afternoon Colloquium

Topic: Predicting the present: A real-time temporal alignment hypothesis for the brain
Speakers: Professor Anthony N. Burkitt

Abstract: The brain enables us to interact in real-time with a dynamically changing environment, despite the fact that the transmission of neural information has inherent delays. I will argue that the brain has an ability to extrapolate in time and that this predictive ability can be, at least in part, understood through time-dependent plasticity at the synaptic level. The leads to a real-time temporal alignment hypothesis for the brain, which is illustrated using visual motion as an example in which the internal representation of the object is aligned to its predicted position. Moreover, this occurs spontaneously and without supervision, and it provides an understanding and explanation of the psychophysically observed results of several known motion-position illusions.

Biography: Professor Anthony Burkitt holds the Chair in Bio-Signals and Bio-Systems in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Prof Burkitt's main research interests are in understanding how the brain both processes and learns information. His research in computational neuroscience has contributed to understanding the behaviour and function of neural information processing in the brain, encompassing both neural coding and spike-timing synaptic plasticity.

We thank you for your continued attendance at the MMM's and look forward to seeing you again.
MARCS staff and students are reminded that all meetings and workshops have an important role in building and maintaining the sense of community which is central to the success of MARCS as a cooperative and energetic research institute.  Your attendance is both welcomed and expected.

The zoom ID is: 986 9057 6845 . Link to zoom