ENgineering Dreams

The first workshop on Dream Engineering will take place January 28th and 29th, 2019 on the 6th floor of the MIT Media Lab at 75 Amherst Street in Cambridge, MA. The workshop will bring together researchers who study dreams with researchers who develop new technologies for studying, recording and influencing dreams. The hope is that the workshop will result in new ideas for devices as well as new opportunities for studies and experiments. We expect about 50 attendees including researchers, students, and tech developers. There will be panels on themes such as nightmares, lucid dreaming, memory replay and sensory stimulation as well as technology talks, demos, and posters. The program will maximize time for brainstorming sessions, all on the theme of Dream Engineering - how technology can be applied to record or influence dreaming.


Preliminary Schedule:

Day 1

8:30-9:00 Registration, coffee and snacks (Posters up)

9:00-9:15 Welcome; Introduction to the workshop

9:15-10:15 Panel on memory replay (Paller, Rasch, Fogel, Stickgold)

10:15-10:45 Panel Q&A

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:15 Panel on lucid dreaming (LaBerge, Baird, Nielsen, Konkoly, Dresler)

12:15-12:45 Panel Q&A

12:45-13:45 Lunch

13:45-15:00 Technology talks (Maes, Amores, Horowitz, Kitson, Kang/Barry, Smuts)

15:00-15:15 Break (Demo setup)

15:15-16:15 Technology demos & poster session

16:15-17:15 Parallel brainstorm sessions: Applying the day's research + tech

17:15-17:30 Brainstorm reports

17:30-19:30 Dinner Reception/Dream Incubation

Day 2

9:00-9:30 Coffee chat “What did you dream about?”

9:30-10:30 Panel on nightmares (Mashour, Simor, Moore, Ellis)

10:30-11:00 Panel Q&A

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Panel on body in dreams (Smith, Solomonova, Siclari)

12:00-12:30 Panel Q&A

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:45 Technology Talks (Vega, Lopes, Suk, Bernal, Mohsenvand, Pataranundaporn, Jain)

14:45-15:45 Parallel brainstorm sessions: Applying the day's research + tech

15:45-16:00 Closing and next steps

16:00-17:00 Optional Media Lab Tours

-- Optional Evening External Event @ 18:30 - Dream Art Reception @ Outpost 186

Dream Research Presenters

Ken Paller – Northwestern University – Investigating memory processing during sleep with Targeted Memory Reactivation

Björn Rasch – Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland – TMR: Chances and Limits.

Robert Stickgold – Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Sleep, memory and dreams: A neurocognitive approach

Stuart Fogel – School of Psychology, University of Ottawa – Memory reactivation, human intelligence and dreaming

Martin Dresler – Donders Institute, Sleep & Memory Lab – Virtual Reality for lucid dream induction

Benjamin Baird – University of Wisconsin - Madison — Lucid dreaming: An update on recent findings and a methodology for consciousness research

Stephen LaBerge – The Lucidity Institute – Lucid Dreaming Induction: What is the State-of-the-Art?

Karen Konkoly – Northwestern University – TMR to induce lucid dreams

Leslie Ellis – The International Focusing Institute – Working with nightmares to unlock the potential for transformation of emotional memories

Kendra Moore – Center for Mind and Culture – Virtual Reality for treatment of nightmares

George A. Mashour – Center for Consciousness Science, University of Michigan – Consciousness Studies and Anesthesiology

Peter Simor – Institute of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary – Impaired sleep regulation, hyperarousal, and PTSD-like symptoms in Idiopathic Nightmare Disorder

Tore Nielsen – University of Montreal - tAC stimulation for inducing lucid dreams: a replication attempt

Elizaveta Solomonova – McGill University, departments of Psychiatry and Philosophy, Neurophilosophy Lab; Culture, Mind and Brain research group – Sensory incorporation in dreaming

Carlyle Smith – Trent University – ‘Heads Up’ health dreams

Francesca Siclari- Centre d'Investigation et de Recherche sur le Sommeil, Lausanne, Switzerland - Dream experiences during Non-REM parasomnia episodes: phenomenological and EEG characteristics


Tech Presenters – More TBD

Pattie Maes—MIT Media Lab—Reinventing the Human Machine Experience

Pedro Lopes –UChicago—Controlled movements through Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Adam Haar Horowitz—MIT Media Lab—Dormio, an interface for Hypnagogic Dream Incubation

Judith Amores—MIT Media Lab—Essence, an olfactory wearable that triggers scent based on biometric information during sleep and wakefulness.

Dina Katabi— MIT CSAIL - Learning Sleep Stages from Radio Signals: A Conditional Adversarial Architecture

Tomás Vega--MIT Media Lab--Masca, REM Tracking Eye Movement Prototype

Carson Smuts—MIT Media Lab—escPod, a Novel Sleeping Architecture

Guillermo Bernal—MIT Media Lab—Flexible EEG for on-face Brain Signals

Pat Pataranutaporn—MIT Media Lab—Semantic Distance Creativity detection in dream reports

Ho-Jun Suk—MIT Media Lab— noninvasive human brain modulation of sleep and dreams

Alex Kitson—Simon Fraser University—Lucid Loop: A Virtual Reality Bioresponsive System using Creative Artificial Intelligence for Lucid Dreaming Practices

Nick Barry/Louis Kang—MIT Media Lab—Optogenetics for Dream Induction

Abhinandan Jain—MIT Media Lab—Writing To The Body

Neo Mohsenvand—MIT Media Lab—Image Recognition Using Neural Nets on EEG Signal

Poster and Demo Presenters

Daniel Erlacher –University of Bern, Switzerland – Utility of scent stimulation for lucid dream induction

Cherysse Ulsa & Katelyn Oliver – Boston University - Nightmares, hyperarousal and trauma

Javier Hernandez - MIT Media Lab - Global Vitals: Physiological parameter estimation from body vibrations

Perrine Ruby – Lyon Neuroscience Research Center - DYCOG team — Incorporation of a spatio-visuo-olfactory task into dreams and learning

Claudia Picard-Deland – University of Montreal – TMR of a VR flying game

Bryan Baxter – Harvard Medical School – Electrical/auditory stimulation for psychiatric interventions during sleep

Alejandro Ezquerro-- Universtiy of Cambridge, UK— Microdream neurophenomenology

Tony Cunningham – Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston College – Sleep, emotional memory consolidation and regulation

Daniel Denis – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Harvard Medical School – Predicting sleep-dependent memory consolidation from EEG activity during initial encoding

Ryan Bottary – Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA – The role of napping in in-vivo learning experiences

Enmanuelle Pardilla-Delgado – Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry – Dream reporting supports gist-based (false) memory processing

Remington Mallett and Ethan Oblak– University of Texas at Austin – Controlling a Brain-Computer Interface from within a lucid dream

Nathan Whitmore – Northwestern University – Using mobile and wearable devices for memory reactivation

Michelle Carr- Swansea University - Zmax - A portable PSG system for lucid dream experiments

Tara and Todd Youngblood--Kryo Inc. - Kryo ChiliPad - full-body temperature-regulation sleep system

If interested, please email with your name, affiliation, how you'd like to contribute and how your research/interests are relevant.