Workshop 4

MINET Conference: Measurement, sensation and cognition

10 – 12th November 2009, UK

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Online access to MINETconference

The MINET digestpresentations and photos are now available to view online.

Conference Scope and Objectives

The Measurement, Sensation and Cognition conference is the final event in a series of events organised by the Measuring the Impossible Network (MINET) project.

MINET coordinates activities for ‘Measuring the Impossible (MtI)’ i.e. research in areas of interdisciplinary science aimed at supporting the development of new methods and investigative techniques for the measurement of complex phenomena that are dependent on human perception and/or interpretation. This includes, for example, measurements relating to the perceived attributes of products and services, such as quality or desirability, or the quantification of societal parameters such as security and well-being.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines such as science, engineering, psychology, neuroscience and the creative arts, and from backgrounds such as the manufacturing and design industry, universities and National Measurement Institutes, with a common interest in research areas that could be considered Measuring the Impossible. It will be an opportunity to discuss the latest developments in current research and the future direction of the Measuring the Impossible research area.

The conference will focus on the subject areas:

  • Perception (e.g. visual, tactile, multisensory)
  • Cognition (individual and social behaviours)
  • Neuroscience
  • Emotion
  • Usability
  • Data interpretation and analysis
  • Instrumentation
  • Measurement techniques, protocols and standardisation
  • Measurement uncertainty and theory

The conference will consist of contributed and invited papers, a poster/demonstration session, a round-table discussion of the Measuring the Impossible research area, and the presentation of the MINET Expert Group report giving the experts’ view of the future direction of Measuring the Impossible research.


Submission is now closed.

Information for presenters can be found here.

Conference Programme

The conference programme is now available to download.

Download the MINET Conference programme

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Detailed Programme for conference v5f page 4

Technical Committee

  • Prof Birgitta Berglund, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Dr Gregor Geršak, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Mr Arjan Geven, Centre for Usability Research and Engineering, Austria
  • Ms Teresa Goodman, National Physical Laboratory, UK
  • Prof Francis McGlone, Unilever, UK
  • Dr Gabriele Quinti & Alessandra Cancedda, Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza, Italy
  • Dr Niklas Ravaja, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland
  • Dr Gerie van der Heijden, Biometris, the Netherlands


Online registration

To register for the conference and social event, please visit:

The registration fee for the conference is £57.50 (inclusive of VAT) and this includes participation in the conference’s social event.

Offline registration

If you are unable to register and pay online, please download, complete and return the offline registration form.

Please register by 16th October 2009.

Social Event, 10th November 2009

The conference dinner will take place at Twickenham Rugby Ground on Tuesday 10th November 2009. It will also be possible to take a tour of the grounds. These are free of charge. However, please indicate whether you will take the tour of the stadium on registration to the workshop as pre-registration for the tour is required.


National Physical Laboratory
Hampton Road
TW11 0LW

The conference will be held at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) which is situated 20 km south west of central London and adjacent to the historic Palace of Hampton Court.

The National Physical Laboratory is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available to man. For more that a century NPL has developed and maintained the nation’s primary measurement standards. These standards underpin an infrastructure of traceability throughout the UK and the world that ensures accuracy and consistency of measurement.


We have negotiated special rates at the Lensbury Delegates should contact the hotel direct: +44 20 8614 6444 or e-mail:
Important : Please quote NPL when making your reservation.

Details of other accommodation can be found at

For any further enquiries please contact Gill Roe, NPL (email:


NPL is within easy reach of London’s main airports and is well served by road and rail links. For directions, please visit the NPL’s location page:

Key Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 24th July 2009

Paper acceptance notification: 18th September 2009

Registration close: 16th October 2009


The MINET project is funded under the EU 6thFramework programme as a NEST (New and Emerging Science and Technology) Pathfinder initiative as part of the Measuring the Impossible Theme. This conference is jointly funded by the UK’s Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.


Gill Roe – Workshop Secretariat
Subrena Harris – Technical
Teresa Goodman – Technical

National Physical Laboratory
Hampton Road
TW11 0LW

Telephone: +44 20 8943 6382
Fax: +44 20 8614 0501

Places of Interest Nearby

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace image
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Bushy Park

Bushy Park image

Kingston upon Thames

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River Thames guide (including places to eat)

View of the Thames from Kingston

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Richmond upon Thames

Thames from Richmond Hill image
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