People

Principal Investigator

Ivana Konvalinka
ivako [at] dtu.dk
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I am an Associate Professor in the Section for Cognitive Systems at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Compute) where I lead the SINe Lab. I hold a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Bioengineering from Imperial College London. I obtained my PhD in neuroscience from Aarhus University under the supervision of Andreas Roepstorff and Chris Frith, investigating intra- and interpersonal mechanisms underlying social coordination. Following my PhD, I joined CogSys at DTU as a postdoc, working with Lars Kai Hansen on applying machine learning to two-brain data. From 2013-2014, I was a postdoc at the Department of Cognitive Science at the Central European University working with Natalie Sebanz and Guenther Knoblich on physiological coupling.

During my PhD years, I became interested in understanding the neural and behavioural mechanisms that enable people to engage in successful social interaction. To accomplish this, I develop experimental and computational tools for quantifying two-person processes, and employ behavioural, physiological (HRV, respiration), and neuroimaging (EEG, fMRI) methods. In particular, my interests lie in i) how people coordinate their actions and bodily signals in real time, ii) what neurophysiological mechanisms underlie joint action, particularly how simultaneous brain recordings (hyperscanning) can better elucidate the neural basis of social cognition, and iii) how interaction dynamics are modulated by social properties such as prior relationship and social standing (i.e. in social networks). My work has been funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research and Villum Fonden (by the Villum Experiment and Villum Young Investigator grants), and widely covered by media including National Geographic and The New York Times.


Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Rui Liu
ruil [at] dtu.dk

Rui Liu (刘睿) holds a great interest in social cognition and interpersonal coordination. She obtained her MS degree at Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of Prof. Yi Jiang and Prof. Zhi Yang. There, she investigated perception of biological motion and multi-sensory integration with psychophysics and fMRI tools. She then moved from Beijing to Nijmegen for her PhD training at Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging. With the help of a group of great scientists, including her supervisor Prof. Ivan Toni, she studied human communication with motion tracking, EEG and MEG. Since 2022, she joined the SINe Lab as a postdoctoral researcher. She’s combining complex network and hyperscaning techniques to investigate the relation between social network and real-time dyadic interaction. She does watercolor and badminton in her spare time, and also likes cooking, art and history. Recently, she’s looking into Scandinavian design.


Arianna Schiano Lomoriello
arilom [at] dtu.dk

I hold a PhD in Psychological Science from the University of Padova. I also hold an MSc in Neuroscience, during which I used transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) and perceptual learning tasks in healthy and clinical populations (i.e. patients affected by optic neuropathy), in order to enhance visual acuity and movement perception by facilitating neural plasticity mechanisms.

In my current research, I employ neuroimaging techniques (EEG/ERP) and shared attention paradigms to investigate the neural underpinnings of empathy and embodied simulation processes. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how social cues conveyed by human faces, such as emotional expressions and contextual variability, might shape empathy towards others’ emotional states.

In 2018, I was a visiting PhD student in the SINe Lab, investigating the effect of social context on the perception and neural processing of emotional images using dual-EEG. I joined SINe Lab as a postdoc in April 2019.


PhD Students

Qianliang Li
glia [at] dtu.dk

I hold a BSc. and MSc. in Molecular Biomedicine from University of Copenhagen. I am very interested in neuroscience and in my BSc. thesis project I investigated neural motor control in rats using EEG and EMG. For my MSc. thesis project, I investigated the role of aquaporin-1 in relation to the glymphatic system, which is a brain-wide clearance system capable of removing waste products of neuron metabolism and implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, e.g. Alzheimer’s disease.

I started as a PhD student in Section for Cognitive Systems at Technical University of Denmark in 2019. In my current research (supervised by Tobias Andersen and co-supervised by Ivana Konvalinka), I am analyzing EEG from patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and matched healthy controls. The aim of my project is to characterize features associated with PTSD, which could potentially be useful biomarkers for diagnosis or early intervention.



Research Assistants

Kathrine Schultz-Nielsen
s183929 [at] student.dtu.dk

I recently finished my bachelor degree in Artificial Intelligence and Data from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). I am very interested in using signal processing and data science to better understand the brain and its cognitive mechanisms, in particular social cognitive mechanisms. I first joined SINe Lab as a bachelor thesis student, where I investigated inter-brain connectivity methods for hyperscanning data under supervision of Ivana Konvalinka, Marius Zimmermann and Arianna Schiano Lomoriello. Currently, I am continuing on the MSc. in Human-Centered AI at DTU and working as a research assistant in the lab. My work includes standardising computational EEG-hyperscanning methods, and helping with the set-up of cognitive science experiments in the lab.

When I am not studying or working in the lab, I enjoy being outdoors whether it be running or hiking. I also have a passion for classical music (as I play the flute) and I am a knitting enthusiast.



Alumni

Marius Zimmermann, Postdoc (2019-2021)
Hanlu He, Bachelor thesis student (2021)
Clizia De Mitri, Erasmus student (2019)
Camilla Gregorini, Erasmus student (2019)
Ole Adrian Heggli, PhD student (2016-2019)
Roberta Rocca, visiting PhD student (2018-2019)
Esther Ørbæk Chemnitz, intern (2019)




Collaborators

Chris Frith, Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging, University College London, UK
Andreas Roepstorff, Aarhus University, Denmark
Lars Kai Hansen, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark
Günther Knoblich, Central European University (CEU), Hungary
Natalie Sebanz, Central European University (CEU), Hungary
Cordula Vesper, Aarhus University, Denmark
Sune Lehmann, DTU/SODAS, Denmark
Kristoffer H. Madsen, DRCMR/DTU, Denmark
Hartwig Siebner, DRCMR, Denmark
Joshua Skewes, Aarhus University, Denmark
Ole Adrian Heggli, Aarhus University, Denmark
Peter Vuust, Aarhus University, Denmark
Maria Witek, University of Birmingham, UK
Dimitris Xygalatas, University of Connecticut, USA
Markus Bauer, The University of Nottingham, UK
Joseph Bulbulia, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
Leonie Koban, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Giovanni Pezzulo, ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy
Paola Sessa, University of Padova, Italy
Leonhard Schilbach, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany