Organizing Committee

Jose L Contreras-­Vidal

Neuroengineer and pioneer in development of brain-machine interfaces for rehabilitation and restoration of movement and brain-art interfaces;
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston;
Full Affiliate, Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute;
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sciences and Engineering, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Director, Human-Machine Interface Systems, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR), Memorial Hermann, Houston, Texas

Klaus Gramann

Professor, Biological Psychology and Neuroergonomics, Berlin Institute of Technology;
International Faculty, Center for Advanced Neurological Engineering, University of California, San Diego

Klaus Gramann is head of Biological Psychology and Neuroergonomics at Technische Universität Berlin. He studied Psychology and has a keen interest in the neuroscience of embodied cognition. His dream is to see EEG becoming a standard application allowing for measuring brain dynamics continuously during our daily activities to improve personal well-being.

Dario Robleto
Dario Robleto

Dario Robleto is a conceptual artist based in Houston, Texas. He has had numerous solo exhibitions since 1997, most recently at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2014) and the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014). Robleto has been a visiting artist and lecturer at many universities and institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD. In 2013 he served as the California College of the Arts Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor, Oakland, CA. He has been a research fellow and resident at institutions such as Rice University (2013-14) and the Smithsonian Museum of American History (2011). In 2015 he joined a distinguished team of scientists as the artistic consultant to the “Breakthrough Initiatives”—which, when completed, will be the most comprehensive search ever attempted at finding scientific evidence of life in the Universe. He is currently serving as an Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering and at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA. He was recently appointed as the 2016 Texas State Artist Laureate.

Robleto employs a variety of media in his artworks, creating intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his passionate exploration of music, popular culture, science, war and American history.

Dario is currently an Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston.

Claudia Schmuckli

Art historian & curatorial experience at the University of Houston Blaffer Art Museum (Chief & Director), Houston, TX, The Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R. Guggenheikm Museum, New York, NY.

Todd Frazier

Composer, and Director of the Houston Methodist Hospital's Center for Performing Arts Medicine;
Founder, Executive Director American Festival for the Arts;
Co- Founder, Houston Arts Partners;
Distinguished Alumni, The Juilliard School National Council and Eastman School of Music