MRM & MAC - MARCS Research Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium August 3rd 2021

Event Name MRM & MAC - MARCS Research Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium August 3rd 2021
Start Date 3rd Aug 2021 11:00 am
End Date 3rd Aug 2021 1:00 pm
Duration 2 hours

Join us at the next MARCS Meeting as we host an eventful MRM and MAC program commencing with a talk from Professor Ned Rossiter, and invited guest Professor Emily Cross

NOTE: Both sessions will take place via Zoom ID 839 6390 0819.

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11am-12pm - MARCS Research Meeting

Topic: ARC grant assessment process and grant development strategies

Speaker: Prof Ned Rossiter, Director of Research at the Institute for Culture and Society and Professor of Communication in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Drawing from experience as a Member of the ARC’s College of Experts (2016-18) and related panels, this short talk seeks to demystify key components in the review and assessment of ARC applications. The second part of the talk outlines some of the core practices in developing Category 1 applications at the Institute for Culture and Society. These include things like internal peer review, preparatory research through research programs, mentoring and capacity building, the structural organization of applications and the role of Category 2/3 projects as testbeds for larger projects.

2pm-1pm – MARCS Afternoon Colloquium

Topic: Exploring Human Engagement with Artificially Intelligent Social Agents

Speaker:  Professor Emily Cross, Macquarie University

Understanding how we perceive and interact with others is a core challenge of social cognition research. This challenge is poised to intensify in importance as the ubiquity of artificial intelligence and the presence of humanoid robots in society grows. My group’s research applies established theories and methods from psychology and neuroscience to questions concerning how people perceive, interact, and form relationships with robots. In this talk, I review recent evidence from behavioural and brain imaging studies that aim to provide deeper insights into the relationship between social cognition and brain function. Examples from work comparing social perception of humans compared to robots highlights the importance of examining how perception of and interaction with artificial agents in a social world is revealing fundamental insights about human social cognition. Laboratory Websites:,

We thank you for your continued attendance at the MRM'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.

Disclaimer: MRM meetings may be recorded on Zoom for future access to MARCS members
and subject to speaker's approval

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