Sino-German Symposium

Sino-German Symposium on Multisensory Processing, Neural Mechanisms, and Applications

Welcome to the Sino-German Bilateral symposium on Multisensory Processing, Neural Mechanisms, and Applications that will take place in Beijing, China, from September 17th to 23rd, 2023, cohosted by Chen Lihan from Peking University and Shi Zhuanghua from LMU Munich.

The symposium is sponsored by Sino-German Center for Science (CDZ), jointly funded by German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The symposium’s main objective is to encourage Chinese and German scientists to collaborate and share the latest advancements in multisensory research. Up to this point, we have secured approximately forty scientists who will be contributing their talks to the symposium.

Keynote Speakers

The full agenda is available and can be downloaded HERE.

Monday 18th Sept. 2023 (Conference day, Sino-German Center)
Symposium 1
Crossmodal Integration and Learning
The Neural Mechanisms Underlying Cross-Modal Sequence Representations and Predictions (Xue Gui)
How Motor Adaptation Relates to Multisensory Integration and Agency Processing (Wei Kunlin)
Complex Crossmodal Correspondence Across Visual and Auditory Modalities (Yue ZhenZhu)
Contrastive Learning of Subject-Invariant EEG Representations During Audiovisual Video Watching (Zhang Dan)
Lunch Break
Keynote 1 by Prof. Agnieszka Wykowska
Examining Human Cognition with the Use of Humanoid Robots
Symposium 2
Crossmodal Processing Dynamics and Conflict Resolution
Integration of Control Learning and Irrelevant Stimulus-Response Learning (Wang Ling)
Cognitive Neural Mechanisms of Crossmodal Conflict Processing (Liu Xun)
Tea/Coffee Break
Cross-Modal Impact of Recent Word Encountering Experience (Li XingShan)
Multisensory Causal Inference Along the Cortical Hierarchies (Tim Rohe)
Tuesday 19th Sept. 2023 (XiJiao Hotel)
Special Session
Sensory Processing and Cognitive Modeling
The Psychological, Computational, and Neural Foundations of Indebtedness (Gao Xiaoxue)
Multisensory Processing and Multi-Scale Temporal Brain Dynamics (Daniel Senkowski)
Generalised Time-Window-of-Integration Models of Multisensory Integration (Hans Colonius)
Tea/Coffee Break
Keynote 2 by Prof. Salvador Soto Faraco
Multisensory Research in the Real World and Applications
Lunch Break
Lab Tour (to be Determined)
Wednesday 20th Sept. 2023 (Conference Day, Sino-German Center)
Symposium 3
Visuomotor Learning and Tactile Processing
Cognitive Modulation and Intelligence Augmentation via Haptic Interaction (Wang DangXiao)
The Use of Prior Visual Information in Active Touch (Drewing Knut)
Crossmodal Learning of Target-Context Associations (Chen Siyi)
Cross-Modal Effect of Value on Motor Sequence Learning (Kang Guanlan)
Lunch Break
Symposium 4
Contextual and Perceptual Learning
Microgenesis of Audiovisual Integration (Chen Lihan)
Exploring the Power of Contextual Learning: Robust Acquisition, Flexibility, and Social Enhancement in Spatial Contextual Cueing (Zang Xuelian)
Visual Learning and Memory Following Foveal Vision Loss (Stefan Pollmann)
Tea/Coffee Break
Gravity as an Embodied Constraint in Shaping Visual Motion Perception (Wang Ying)
Beyond Perception: Mnemonic Mechanism in Perceptual Learning (Li Sheng)
The Attentional Earlid: Visual Search Is Surprisingly Robust to Auditory Distraction (Heinrich R. Liesefeld)
Thursday 21st Sept. 2023 (Conference Day, Sino-German Center)
Symposium 5
Multisensory Perception and Behavior
Neurobiological Bases of Bribe-Taking Behavior and Its Individual Differences (Hu Yang)
Multisensory Cues Nudge Healthy Eating Behavior (Huang Jianping)
Vision-Taste Cross-Modal Interaction and the Tentative Underlying Brain Mechanism (Liang Pei)
Human Social Interaction Field Model and Its Application (Kuai Shuguang)
Lunch Break/Poster Session
Keynote 3 by Bi Yanchao
Knowledge Representation and Multi-Sensory Experiences
Symposium 6
Neural Mechanisms and Perception
Selective and Replicable Neural Indicators of Pain Discriminability (Hu Li)
Object-Related Eye-Movement Representations in High-Level Visual Cortex (Wang Lihui)
Tea/Coffee Break
Neural Mechanisms Underlying Multimodal Person Familiarity (Gao Xiaoqing)
Central-Peripheral Dichotomy: Multisensory Orienting and Recognition Across Animal Species (Li Zhaoping)
Friday 22nd Sept. 2023 (Conference Day, Sino-German Center)
Symposium 7
Sensory Perception and Attention
Simultaneous Auditory Input Lowers Temporal Resolution of Vision by Modulating Alpha-Band Oscillations (Chen Qi)
The Different Effects of Breaking an Object at Different Time Points (Wang Yonghui)
Neural Mechanisms Underlying the Cross-Modal Effects of Sound on Visual Perception (Wenfeng Feng)
Visual and Vestibular Integration for Self-Motion Perception (Gu Yong)
Lunch Break
Keynote 4 by Prof. Stefan Glasauer
On Optimality in Perception and Action
Symposium 8
Temporal Perception, Expectation, and Decision-Making
Modality-Specific Sensory and Decisional Carryover Effects in Duration Perception (Li Baolin)
Influence of Crossmodal Expectation on Consumer Experience and Preference: A Sensory Marketing and Consumer Neuroscience Study (Wan Xiaoang)
Tea/Coffee Break
Expectations of Immediate and Delayed Reward Differentially Affect Cognitive Task Performance (Wei Ping)
Understanding Time: Contextual Modulation, Logarithmic Encoding, and Their Neural Correlates (Shi Zhuanghua)
For poster presentation

You are welcome to freely design your poster to the dimension Portrait A0 (max. Portrait 1m × 2m).

Each poster has been attributed a number. On the day of your poster session, you can bring and hang your poster on the poster board allocated to you (identified with a number tag). It will stay for the whole of Thursday and Friday (Sept. 21-22). 
Your poster must be taken off at the end of the day of your poster session.

For talk/keynote presentation

Talks will be 25 minutes long and followed by a 5-minutes discussion (total of 30min). Keynotes will be 1 hour long and followed by a 15-minutes discussion (total of 1h15min).

Please make sure to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the session (normally before 8:45 am or 2:30 pm) in which your talk/keynote is scheduled, in order to set up your presentation on the computer. 

We accept talks in Powerpoint, Keynote, or pdf format. There will be a projector and a sound system. If you need any other medium/tools for your presentation, please get in contact with us as early as possible. We recommend that you bring your own laptop for presentation. However, if you want to use our computer, please let us know by September 10, 2023.  

Symposium Venue

The symposium will be hosted at Sino-German Center for Science (CDZ), Shuangqing Road 83, Beijing, China.

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Rooms at Xijiao Hotel (, Wangzhuang Road 18, Beijing, China, are reserved for guest speakers During the symposium.


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From Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) To Xijiao Hotel

Subway (Capital Airport Line [to the direction of Beixinqiao], transit at Sanyuanqiao to Line 10 [anti-clockwise, to the direction of Chedaogou, 外环方向], then transit at Zhichunlu to Line 13 [to the direction of Dongzhimen]. Get off at Wudaokou Station [leave at exit A], then walk to the hotel (842 m, approx. 13-min walk).

Taxi (outside of the Gates 5-9, 1st Floor of Terminal 2, convenient but costly)

From Xijiao Hotel to Quanjude Roasted Duck (Qinghuayuan)

From Xijiao Hotel To the symposium venue

Walk (most convenient)


From Xijiao Hotel To Peking University

Taxi (most convenient)

Subway (walk to the Wudaokou station [Line 13, to the direction of Xizhimen], transit at Zhichunlu to Line 10 [anti-clockwise, to the direction of Zhichunli, 外环方向], then transit at Haidian Huangzhuang to Line 4 [to the direction of Anheqiaobei]. Get off at the east gate of Peking University [leave at exit A/D].

From Peking University To Xijiao Hotel

Taxi (most convenient)

Subway (walk to the east gate of Peking University subway station [Line 4, to the direction of Tiangongyuan], transit at Haidian Huangzhuang to Line 10 [clockwise, to the direction of Zhichunlu, 内环方向], then transit at Zhichunlu to Line 13 [to the direction of Dongzhimen]. Get off at the Wudaokou subway station [leave at exit A], then walk to the hotel (842 m, approx. 13-min walk).


There are several subway stations near the symposium and the hotel sites. You could also find the complete subway information Here.

  • Line 10: Zhichunlu 知春路(interchange station for Line 13)
  • Line 13: Wudaokou 五道口; Zhichunlu 知春路 (interchange station for Line 10)
  • Line 15: Qinghua Donglu Xikou 清华东路西口; Liudaokou 六道口 (interchange station for Changping Line)
  • Changping Line 昌平线: Xueyuanqiao 学院桥; Liudaokou 六道口 (interchange station for Line 15)


Each participant will receive a bag with a pen and notebook at the welcome desk.

Recommended Apps in China

WeChat [for real-time contact, online payment, and appointment for tourist attractions]

You could register on WeChat using the phone number from your country and use it to contact the committee and volunteers during the symposium.

Travel in Beijing

If you arrive in Beijing earlier, plan to stay longer, or just looking for fantastic places or restaurants during the symposium, feel free to use our ever-growing totally unofficial list of “MSI lab-approved” places in Beijing.

For sightseeing
  • the Forbidden City / The Palace Museum 故宫 (Jingshan Front Street 4, Dongcheng District) [appointment needed on WeChat]
  • the Summer Palace 颐和园 (Xinjiangongmen Road 19, Haidian District, very close to our residence!) [appointment needed on WeChat]
  • the Winter Palace / Yuanmingyuan Park 圆明园 (Qinghua West Road 28, Haidian District, very close to our residence!) [appointment needed on WeChat]
  • the Great Wall 长城 [advance appointment needed]
For foodies

We list several excellent restaurants for traditional Beijing/Chinese cuisine near the residence or Peking University:

  • Quanjude Beijing Duck 全聚德北京烤鸭 (approx. ¥166/person)
  • Juqi Beijing Duck 局气北京烤鸭 (approx. ¥119/person)
  • Xiuer Sijiucheng Beijing Cuisine 秀儿四九城·新京菜 (approx. ¥211/person)
  • Jiaoming Jiaoma (Halal, Xinjiang Cuisine) 椒鸣椒麻小馆 [NUMB & SPICY🌶] (approx. ¥72/person)
  • Michongshan Hot Pot (Chongqing Cuisine) [SPICY!🌶🌶] 芈重山老火锅 (approx. ¥130/person)
  • Chongba Beef Hot Pot (Chongqing Cuisine) [SPICY!🌶🌶] 重八牛府 (approx. ¥102/person)
  • Nanjing dapaidang (Nanjing Cuisine) 南京大牌档 (approx. ¥75/person)
  • Quanniujiang (Sichuan Cuisine) [SPICY!🌶] 全牛匠·乐山跷脚牛肉 (approx. ¥80/person)
  • Xiaoxiangge (Hu’nan Cuisine) [EXTREMELY SPICY!🌶🌶🌶] 潇湘阁 (approx. ¥89/person)
  • Xiaodiao Pear Soup (Beijing Cuisine) 小吊梨汤 (approx. ¥95/person)

Organizing Committee
  • Chen Lihan 陈立翰 (Peking University)
  • Shi Zhuanghua (LMU Munich)
  • Lou Chunmiao 娄春淼 (Peking University)
  • Liang Kun 梁坤 (Peking University)
  • Zeng Huanke 曾桓珂 (Peking University)
  • Hou Xiaoyuan 候晓媛 (Peking University)
  • Shi Tianzheng 史天正 (Peking University)
  • Zheng Yabo 郑亚博 (Peking University)
  • Xu Shen 徐深 (Peking University)
  • He Ziyu 贺子瑜 (Peking University)
  • Zhang Qianqian 张乾乾 (Peking University)
  • Guo Yao 郭瑤 (Peking University)

Contact us

If you have any questions or the assistance from us to apply for a Chinese Visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Postal address: Wangkezhen Building 1603, Peking University, Yiheyuan Road 5, Haidian District, Beijing, China, 100871