The program of the symposium will be divided into four segments. Day 1 will start with (i) Theories of Dreams, and continue with (ii) Neuroscience and Functions of Dreaming. On Day 2 there will be a segment on (iii) Quantifying Dreams, later followed by the (iv) Breakout sessions. There will be one outside keynote speaker and many invited talks by UCLA scholars and scientists.
The program will be finalized in August.
Enabling a multidisciplinary dialogue on dreams
One of the main purposes of this symposium is to establish connections between different disciplines using computational science to observe, map and understand dreams. The symposium will enable an open discourse where major topics and ideas about dreams and dreaming brain will be identified and discussed. Initiators are hoping to create an awareness about dreams as a timely topic of research amongst both experts and young researchers, and with backgrounds in not only the traditional fields of psychology and anthropology, but also in the related emerging fields of neuroscience, data science, computation and AI.
The initiators explicitly invite researchers, scholars and students from all fields of Humanities (Anthropology, Linguistics), Digital Humanities, Data and Computer Science, Cognitive and Behavioral neuroscience, Computational Statistics, Philosophy (Epistemology, Theories of Consciousness), Psychology and Semiotic Studies.
As an outcome of the first workshop, groups of speakers and participants will be formed to work on particular topics. In a follow up workshop held April 2019, they will create a roadmap of specific ideas and activities derived from multidisciplinary work.