CAOS 2019


Rovereto Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects: Functional and Neural Perspectives
Spotlight Topic for 2019: Event Cognition

The goal of this Rovereto workshop is to provide a unique forum for researchers from a range of perspectives who are interested in Concepts, Actions, and Objects to come together to discuss their research and develop new directions and collaborations.

The workshop differs from larger conferences in so far as there are a small number of speakers (all invited) and there are no concurrent talks. In addition to the individual talks, there will be a poster session for students, post-docs and young researchers to present their work.

The workshop, organized by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences will start on Thursday (May 2) with a welcome reception at 6 pm, and end on Saturday (May 4) at 6 pm.
Social dinner of the event will be on Saturday (May 4) at 8 pm.

This year, the workshop includes a thematic symposium on “Event Cognition: Psychological, Neuroscientific, Computational, and Linguistic Perspectives”, organized by Sharon Thompson-Schill and Anna Papagrafou. Theme speakers are Janice Chen, Gergely Csibra, Anna Papafragou, and Charan Ranganath.

Poster deadline: March 18, 2019

Credits Photo: Nicola De Pisapia


Thursday, 2nd of May

18.00-20.00 Welcome reception & Registration


Friday, 3rd of May

8.15-8.45 Registration

8.45-9.00 Welcome and introduction to spotlight topic (Event Cognition)

9.00-10.15 Gergely Csibra. The representation of third-party social interactions

10.15-11.15 Coffee break and poster session A

11.15-12.30 Anna Papafragou. Mapping events onto language

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.15 Janice Chen. Brain dynamics underlying memory for continuous natural events

15.15-16.15 Coffee break and poster session A

16.15-17.30 Charan Ranganath. Time and the transformation of memories for complex events

17.30-18.00 General discussion (Event Cognition)


Saturday, 4th of May

9.00-10.15 Bevil Conway. Color as a tool for understanding how brains/minds work

10.15-11.15 Coffee break and poster session B

11.15-12.30 Morgan Barense. When seeing becomes knowing: Integration of perception and conception

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Abstract award presentations

15.30-16.30 Coffee break and poster session B

16.30-17.45 Ivan Toni. Neural and cognitive mechanisms of epistemic engineering in human communication

19.30 Social dinner

Invited Speakers

• Morgan Barense, University of Toronto, Canada
• Janice Chen, Johns Hopkins University, USA
• Bevil Conway, National Eye Institute and National Institute of Mental Health, USA
• Gergely Csibra, Central European University, Hungary
• Anna Papafragou, University of Delaware, USA
• Charan Ranganath, UC Davis, USA
• Ivan Toni, Radboud University, The Netherlands

Scientific Organizers

• Alfonso Caramazza, University of Trento, Italy; Harvard University, USA
• Melvyn Goodale, University of Western Ontario, Canada
• Brad Mahon, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
• Alex Martin, The National Institute of Mental Health, USA
• Marius Peelen, Radboud University, The Netherlands
• Sharon Thompson-Schill, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Abstract submission and workshop registration

Registration to CAOs 2019 workshop is mandatory for all participants.

€ 180 for external faculty members and non-academic participants
€ 100 for external students and post docs
The fee includes welcome reception, welcome buffet and coffee breaks.

Social dinner (39 euro per person) is not included in the registration fee.

The fee can not be refunded.

Poster Session

Abstracts (maximum of 250 words) should briefly state the background to the research, the methods used, the principal findings (no statistics), and the theoretical significance of the work. Please do not cite references in the abstracts. Each author can appear as first author on one poster only.

In order to present the poster at the workshop, every poster session participant will be provided with a freestanding bulletin board, approximately 125 cm high and 95 cm wide, on which to display the poster. Please make sure that your poster does not exceed these dimensions.

The Programme of poster sessions (PDF | 209 KB) is available.

Submissions for poster presentations due March 18, 2019.

Abstract Award Winners
Five 200 Euro awards will be granted on a competitive basis at the workshop, on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Only non-faculty first authored posters are eligible for the awards. The organizing committee will jointly decide the winning posters and will send emails with decisions to the winners.



We would like to remind that the conference venue is Rovereto.

We advise participants to contact the hotel directly to make a reservation. Booking details should include as reference “CAOs Workshop 2019 - University of Trento”, surname, length of stay and credit card details. Please contact the hotel directly if there are any cancellations or changes to the reservation.

List of Hotels in Rovereto with reserved rooms

Rooms at these Hotels in Rovereto have been reserved for workshop participants at favourable prices (in agreement with the hotels and the University of Trento) for the nights of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May 2019.

Hotel Rovereto: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until April 2, 2019
Hotel Leon D'Oro: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until March 31, 2019
Hotel Nerocubo: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until March 18, 2019
Hotel S. Ilario: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until April 12, 2019
Relais Mozart: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until April 14, 2019
Ostello di Rovereto: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until April 1, 2019

The list of hotels is available
(please, check fees of 2019 directly with the hotels)

Other accommodations in Rovereto

To have further information about other accommodations in Rovereto, please, go to the accommodation page of the “Azienda per il turismo di Rovereto e Vallagarina”.


The workshop, organized by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento, will take place at Palazzo Piomarta, Corso Bettini 84 - Rovereto (TN), Italy.

How to reach Rovereto

By car
A22 Brennero Motorway, exit Ala-Avio, exit Rovereto sud/Lago di Garda nord and exit Rovereto nord. Create your own route with or

By train
Rovereto Railway Station, on the Bologna-Brennero line. For timetables check the Trenitalia website

By plane
Rovereto is about 100 km from Verona airport (Valerio Catullo), 200 Km from Venice airport (Marco Polo), 215 Km from Milano-Linate airport, 170 km from Milano Bergamo airport, 203 from Bologna airport and 245 km from Milano Malpensa airport.

Before selecting the best airport for your departure make sure to check the “Airport directions to Rovereto” document.

VERONA AIRPORT Valerio Catullo:

Moving around by bus
You can use buses to move around the city or to reach nearby places. For further information about routes, timetables and connections, check the Trentino Trasporti website and on the map (JPG | 114 KB).

Taxi service in Rovereto

at the Railway Station – Piazzale Orsi n. 9, tel. 0464 421365

Useful links

Rovereto and Vallagarina's Tourism Office:
Autostrada del Brennero:
Deutsche Bahn:

About Rovereto

Set amid hills and vineyards, Rovereto is in the center of Valle dell’Adige, along the main road linking Trento and Verona.

We advise you to explore the city on foot, the streets of the city center are like a journey through different time periods:

the Middle Ages in the walls of Castelbarco
the dominion of the Republic of Venice in the home of the Podestà
the Eighteenth Century in the palazzi of Corso Bettini
the First World War in the rooms of the castle
Along the city streets, you can see the most important and prestigious Eighteenth century palazzi, from Accademia degli Agiati, to Teatro Zandonai, to the city library in palazzo Annona.

Many illustrous guests have visited the city. Perhaps the most famous is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who held his first concert in Italy in the church of San Marco.

In Rovereto you can visit museums of art, history and science such as Mart, Depero’s House of Futurist Art, the Italian War Museum and the City Museum Foundation.

Rovereto is also a City of Peace, as evidenced by the large memorial bell Campana dei Caduti. Cast using bronze of the cannons of the nations that took part in WWI, each evening its 100 tolls spread a universal message of peace.

Map of Rovereto with the main places of interest for CAOs 2019 attendees is available.


Conference Office
Communication and Events Office – Polo Rovereto
University of Trento
Corso Bettini, 84, 38068 Rovereto (TN)
fax +39 0464 808459