Session 1 – The first session will define ‘sensorimotor learning’ and will feature a diverse range of research that has applied different methodologies and techniques from experimental psychology to assess sensorimotor learning. This session will be chaired by Dr Melanie Burke (University of Leeds).

Session 2 – The second session (in memory of Professor Bipin Bhakta) will be led by clinicians and roboticists. It will focus on critical issues and questions relating to sensorimotor control within rehabilitation and robotics (and the use of robots for rehabilitation). This session will be chaired by Professor Elisabeth Hill (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Session 3 – This session will focus on impairments in sensorimotor learning in children (e.g. cerebral palsy) and adults (e.g. stroke) and consider sensorimotor learning from a developmental perspective. This session will be chaired by Dr Dorothy Cowie (Durham University).

Session 4 – The final session will focus on how sensorimotor measures can shed light on cognitive development, identify children who need additional support within the classroom and provide valuable metrics for ‘big data’ analyses of the social determinants of health and educational outcomes. This session will be chaired by Dr Katy Shire (Bradford Institute of Health Research).

Keynote Speakers

Session 1: Professor James Tresilian
(University of Warwick), author of ‘Sensorimotor Control and Learning’, will provide an overview of research on neuroscience, learning and experimental psychology within the field of sensorimotor learning.

Session 2: Professor Rory O’Connor (Consultant and Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine), Professor Martin Levesley (Professor of Robotic Engineering) and Dr Peter Culmer (Associate Professor) will provide an overview of research on disability caused by sensorimotor impairment, the development of control schemes for robotic devices and the use of robotic systems in rehabilitation.

Session 3: Dr Nicholas Holmes (Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham) who will provide an overview of research on somatosensory perception in adults and children with and without movement disorders. He will provide an overview of brain stimulation techniques, brain imaging methods, and the use of motion tracking and electrophysiological methods with children.

Session 4: Professor John Wright (Head of the Bradford Institute of Health Research) will provide an overview of the Born in Bradford project and will focus particularly on the way that sensorimotor measures have shed light on structural determinants of health inequalities and have provided useful indicators of children at risk of poor social and emotional wellbeing and lower educational attainment.

Registration Information

Registration is free but places are limited

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The conference programme can be found here.


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The four sessions will each have a keynote talk (as advertised above) and then a session of related talks from Early Career and Senior Researchers.

There will also be additional 'generic skill' sessions on Thursday and Friday, suitable for researchers at all career stages. These sessions include:
(i) Experimental techniques
(ii) Data and software sharing, open access and study pre-registration
(iii) Maximising societal impact

The morning sessions will run from 10am to 1pm and the afternoon sessions will run from 2pm until 5pm. Lunch will be provided.


There will be a tour of the National Robotics Centre (across from the psychology building where the conference is being hosted) at 9am on the Friday morning for anyone who is interested.


There will be a number of opportunities for researchers to get to know each other. We will also be implementing a mentoring scheme where we will pair an Early Career researcher with a Senior Researcher for support and guidance (this is a voluntary scheme and we will ask delegates to indicate whether they would like mentoring or are happy to be a mentor).


There is high quality bed and breakfast accommodation available on campus (5 min walk from the conference) at the Storm Jameson Court (breakfast at the University Refectory across from the conference building). Rooms can be booked here using the following code: KX104487.

There are rooms available on the Wednesday and Thursday evening. We will try and accommodate everyone but we may need to operate a first come first served policy so we encourage delegates to book early.


The generosity of the EPS allows us to offer bursaries for Early Career Researchers (ECRs). These bursaries will pay the accommodation costs for all ECRs who submit a presentation to the conference.

We define an ECR as a PhD student, a post-doctoral researcher, or someone within two years of a post-doctoral position. We will consider anyone who falls outwith this definition if there is a genuine need - this will operate on the grounds of trust.

We would ask any ECRs who do not need overnight accommodation (or who have access to funds) to avoid claiming these bursaries so that individuals from further afield can benefit - again, we will operate on the grounds of trust. Likewise, we would ask ECRs who only need one night's accommodation to only claim the bursary for the Thursday evening so that there are sufficient funds for us to support individuals from further afield who also need accommodation on the Wednesday evening.

If you would like to be considered for one of these bursaries then please contact one of the organisers (either Professor Elisabeth Hill (E.Hill@gold.ac.uk) or Professor Mark Mon-Williams (M.Mon-Williams@leeds.ac.uk)).


The conference will be held in the Psychology building at the University of Leeds. There will be a registration desk in the foyer area.

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