Motor Control Summer School (MCSS) Series

ELEVEN MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

For the first time, MCSS will take place in Slovenia! The Eleven Motor Control Summer School will be held in the town of Bled, a beautiful Alpine town alongside a glacier lake, about 20 km from the Ljubljana Airport. on June 26-30, 2014.

The preliminary list of speakers: 

  • Antonio Bicchi, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Anatol Feldman, Univ. of Montreal, Canada
  • Slobodan Jaric, Univ. of Delaware, USA
  • Mark Latash, Penn State Univ., USA
  • Mindy Levin, McGill Univ., Canada
  • John Rothwell, Univ. College of London, UK
  • Gregor Schöner, Ruhr Univ., Bohum, Germany

If you would like to participate in MCSS-XI, please e-mail a letter of interest to Mark Latash (latash@psu.edu) with a single-file PDF attachment containing a statement of personal goals and a c.v. with the list of publications and presentations. If you would like to present a poster, submit a single-page abstract (PDF, font Times New Roman 12, reasonably formatted). Abstract submission is not a pre-requisite for attendance.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: March 1, 2014. Earlier applications will get preference for admission. Admission decisions will be made by March 20, and those accepted will be notified by e-mail.

TENTH MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

The Tenth MCSS was held in the Antiochian Village in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania on July 07-11, 2013. The invited speakers were:

  • Alexander Aruin, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Tim Cope, Wright Univ., USA
  • Daniel Corcos, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Anatol Feldman, Univ. of Montreal, Canada
  • Ziaul Hasan, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • CJ Heckman, Northwestern Univ., USA
  • Slobodan Jaric, Univ. of Delaware, USA
  • Mark Latash, Penn State Univ., USA
  • Mindy Levin, McGill Univ., Canada
  • Brad McFadyen, Univ. of Laval, Canada
  • Richard Nichols, Emory Univ., USA
  • David Ostry, McGill Univ., Canada
  • Monica Perez, Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA
  • John Rothwell, Univ. College of London, UK
  • Zev Rymer, Northwestern Univ., USA
  • Robert Sainburg, Penn State Univ., USA
  • Marc Schieber, Univ. of Rochester, USA
  • John Scholz, Univ. of Delaware, USA
  • Gregor Schöner, Ruhr Univ., Germany
  • Jeroen Smeets, Free Univ., Netherlands
  • Dagmar Sternad, Northeastern Univ., USA
  • David Vaillancourt, Univ. of Florida, USA
  • Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Penn State Univ., USA

NINTH MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL


The Ninth MCSS was held on lake Balaton, Hungary on June 14-18, 2012. The invited speakers and titles were:

  • John Rothwell, University College London, UK
    Using Brain Stimulation Methods to Probe the Physiology of Motor Control from Cortex to Cerebellum
  • Stan Gielen, Radbound University, The Netherlands
    Eye-hand Coordination
  • Anatol Feldman, University of Montreal, Canada
    Unified Central Control of Action and Perception
  • Slobodan Jaric, University of Delaware, USA
    Grip Force Control in Static Manipulation
  • Mark Latash, Penn State University, USA
    Synergic Control of Action
  • Gregor Schöner, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
    Movement Preparation, Generation, and Control: A Synthesis
  • Mindy Levin, McGill University, Canada
    Spasticity: A Model of Disordered Motor Control
  • Joe McIntyre, Paris Descartes University, France
    Equilibrium Points, Impedance, Wave Variables: A Common Basis for Robust Motor Control in Humans?

EIGHTH MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

The Eighth Motor Control Summer School was held in the Antiochian Village in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania on June 9-13, 2011. The invited speakers were:

  • Anatol Feldman, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Ziaul Hasan, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Konrad Körding, Northwestern University, USA
  • Mark Latash, Penn State University, USA
  • Mindy Levin, McGill University, Canada
  • Monica Perez, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • David Vaillancourt, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

SEVENTH MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

The Seventh Motor Control Summer School was held in Wisla, Poland on June 24-28, 2010. The presentations and discussions focused on transcranial brain stimulation as a tool to probe motor function and motor learning, decision making and sensorimotor planning, basic mechanisms of motor control, disordered motor control after central nervous system lesions, control of human locomotion, variable input-output relations in sensorimotor control, the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis, and the equilibrium point hypothesis/reference configuration hypothesis. The invited speakers were:

  • John Rothwell, University College of London, UK
  • Jeroen Smeets, Free University, The Netherlands
  • Yuri Ivanenko, Santa Lucia Hospital, Italy
  • Anatol Feldman, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Paul Cisek, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Mark Latash, Penn State University, USA

SIXTH MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

The Sixth MCSS was held May 28-June 1, 2009 at the Antiochian Village in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania. The presentations and discussions focused on human motor planning, task failure analysis using electromyography, neural foundations of handedness, generalization and variability in motor learning, the degrees of freedom problem in motor control, the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis, postural synergies, and the equilibrium point hypothesis/reference configuration hypotheis. The invited speakers were:

  • Roger Enoka, University of Colorado, USA
  • Anatol Feldman, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Mark Latash, Penn State University, USA
  • David Ostry, McGill University, Canada
  • Robert Sainburg, Penn State University, USA
  • John Scholz, University of Delaware, USA

FIFTH MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

The Fifth MCSS was held on July 11-15, 2008 in The Maromac Event Center, Vals-des-Lacs, Quebec, Canada. The presentations and discussions focused on the role of neuronal properties and spinal circuitry in motor patterns, cortical activity and its modeling, locomotion, the degrees-of-freedom problem in motor control, the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis, and the equilibrium point hypothesis in its applications to unimpaired and disordered movements. The invited speakers were:

  • Paul Cisek, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Anatol Feldman, University of Montreal, Canada
  • C.J. Heckman, Northwestern University, USA
  • Mark Latash, Penn State University, USA
  • Mindy Levin, McGill University, Canada
  • Bradford McFadyen, University of Laval, Canada
  • Richard Nichols, Georgia Tech University, USA

FOURTH MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

The Fourth MCSS was June 21-25, 2007 at the Antiochian Village in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania. The presentations and discussions focused on human motor planning, generalization and variability in motor learning, the degrees of freedom problem in motor control, the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis, postural synergies, and the equilibrium point hypothesis. The invited speakers included:

  • Anatol Feldman, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Mark Latash, Penn State University, USA
  • Mindy Levin, McGill University, Canada
  • Zong-Ming Li, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • David Ostry, McGill University, Canada
  • David Rosenbaum, Penn State University, USA
  • John Scholz, University of Delaware, USA

THIRD MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

The Third MCSS took place in "The Antiochian Village", Ligonier (PA) in the Laurel mountains on July 13-17, 2006. July 13 was the arrival day with a welcome party starting at about 6 p.m. For the next three days, there were morning and evening sessions (3 hours each) and a long break in the middle of the day for hiking. Each day culminated in a Happy Hour. The presentations and discussions focused on the organization of perception and action with an emphasis on haptic perception, biomechanical and motor unit analysis of prehension, uncontrolled manifold hypothesis and its applications to multi-digit actions, inverse dynamics and the role of hemispheric dominance, and - as usual - the equilibrium-point hypothesis. The invited speakers were:

  • Claudia Carello, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Mark Latash, Penn State University, USA
  • Robert Sainburg, Penn State University, USA
  • Marco Santello, Arizona State University, USA
  • Michael Turvey, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Penn State University, USA

SECOND MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

The meeting took place in "Antiochian Village", Ligonier (PA) in the Laurel mountains on June 24-28, 2005. June 24 was the arrival day with a welcome party starting at about 7 p.m. For the next three days, there were morning and evening sessions (3 hours each) and a long break in the middle of the day for hiking. Each day culminated in a Happy Hour. The presentations and discussions focused on the role of dendritic persistent inward currents, inter-joint reflexes, force dependent feedback loops, synergies among motor units, cortical control of prehension, the role of the basal ganglia and Parkinson's disease, uncontrolled manifold hypothesis and anticipatory changes in synergies, inverse dynamics and the role of hemispheric dominance, and - as usual - the equilibrium-point hypothesis. The invited speakers were:

  • Timothy Cope, The Wright State University, USA
  • Daniel Corcos, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • C.J. Heckman, Northwestern University, USA
  • Mark Latash, Penn State University, USA
  • T. Richard Nichols, Emory University, USA
  • Robert Sainburg, Penn State University, USA
  • Marc Schieber, Univesity of Rochester, USA

FIRST MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL

The meeting took place in Jim Thorpe (PA) in the Pocono mountains on July 7-11, 2004. July 7 was the arrival day with a welcome party starting at about 7 p.m. For the next three days, there were morning and evening sessions (3 hours each) and a long break in the middle of the day for hiking. Each day culminated in a Happy Hour. The presentations and discussions focused on interpreting electromyographic signals, effects of practice, equilibrium-point hypothesis, uncontrolled manifold hypothesis, dynamic systems approach, and biomechanics and control of prehension. The invited speakers were:

  • Roger Enoka, University of Colorado, USA
  • Mark Latash, Penn State University, USA
  • Mindy Levin, McGill University, Canada
  • John Scholz, University of Delaware, USA
  • Dagmar Sternad, Penn State University, USA
  • Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Penn State University, USA