Motor Development – from Brain to Behaviour

Monday 25 November 2019

Event details

This one day event for researchers and students is organised by Deakin University staff from the disciplines of health (including exercise & sports science, occupational therapy, public health and psychology) education, engineering and information technology, and aims to foster collaborations in the area of motor development.

Renowned invited speakers will stimulate discussions concerning fresh cross-disciplinary approaches to motor development across the lifespan.

Abstract submissions will be accepted for presentation at the symposium.

Registrations open: 8.20am
Event: 9am–5pm
Drinks and networking after 5pm

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Keynote speakers

Associate Professor Lisa Barnett

Assoc. Prof. Lisa Barnett had over 10 years in health promotion before entering academia. She completed a Bachelor in Social Science (Edith Cowan University), a Masters in Public Health (University of New South Wales) and her PhD (2006-08, University of Sydney). She was then successful with prestigious research fellowships to engage in research: a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2011-14), and an Alfred Deakin Research Fellowship (2015-2016). Currently she is Course Leader of Honours in Health Promotion, Public Health and Health Science, Deputy Leader of the Health Undergraduate Team and a Member of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University. She is President Elect of the International Motor Development Research Consortium, and a Sports Medicine Australia Fellow.

She is internationally recognised in the assessment of children’s actual and perceived movement skill competency and the relationship between these skills and health behaviours. She has a career total > 135 publications (Scopus citations > 3500, Google Scholar > 6300). She developed the pictorial scale for Perceived Movement Skill Competence, in use in 25 countries. She has been awarded over 6.5 million dollars of research funding, including competitive, international and government. Recently she was one of the three lead investigators to develop the Australian Physical Literacy plan.

Professor Florian Mueller

Florian 'Floyd' Mueller directs the Exertion Games Lab at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. The Exertion Games Lab investigates the design of exertion games, inventing the future of bodily play. This research is situated within a broader interaction design agenda that supports common values such as an active life. Floyd has most recently been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, having worked on the topic of exertion games now across four continents, including at organisations such as the MIT Media Lab, Media Lab Europe, Fuji-Xerox Palo Alto Laboratories and Xerox Parc. Floyd has also been a Microsoft Research Asia Fellow and has worked at the Microsoft Beijing lab with the research teams developing Xbox Kinect.

Previously in Australia, he has worked at the University of Melbourne and was a principal scientist at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), where he led the Connecting People team. Floyd’s work has been shortlisted for the European Innovation Games Award (next to Nintendo's WiiFit), has won a Nokia Mindrek Ubimedia Award, and was commissioned by Wired's Nextfest. His games were played by over 20,000 players across three continents and were featured on the BBC, ABC, Discovery Science Channel and Wired magazine. Floyd has written over 100 publications and received Best Paper and Honourable Mention Awards from the premier publication outlets in the field of human-computer interaction. He will be general co-chair for CHI 2020, the premier conference in human-computer interaction.

Dr Ian Fuelscher

Ian Fuelscher (PhD) is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. He completed his PhD in Developmental Neuropsychology, focusing on the role of internal action representations (motor imagery) in motor development. His current research investigates the neural basis of motor development in typically developing children and in children with motor difficulties. To this end, Ian uses both functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Ian is part of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. His goal is to identify critical biomarkers of both motor and psychosocial development in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Associate Professor Ted Brown

Ted Brown, PhD, MSc, MPA, BScOT(Hons), GCHPE, OT(C), OTR, MRCOT, FOTARA, FAOTA is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Course Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University - Peninsula Campus.

Ted has over 18 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist primarily in the area of paediatrics and has worked in the higher education sector since 2005. He has published two edited books, 28 book chapters and over 280 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is an Associate Editor of the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. His research interests include occupational therapy practice with children and families, applications of the Rasch Measurement Model to test validation, education of health professional students, and child-centred approaches to assessment.

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Key information

Date and time

Monday 25 November 2019
Registrations open at 8.20am
Drinks and networking after 5pm


Deakin Downtown
Level 12, Tower 2, Collins Square
727 Collins Street
Docklands VIC 3008