NBerthouze
Invited Talk - 8th April 2016 - 11am - FULTON Building, Room: 101
Nadia Berthouze, Professor in Affective Computing and Interaction at the Interaction Centre of the University College London (UCL).
Bringing affect into technology: the case of chronic pain physical rehabilitation.

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Emotions and affective states more generally play an important role in people’s life, including when they interact with increasingly pervasive technology. Yet, their integration into technology for real life applications is sparse. Our research aims to design technology that is capable to take into account how we feel so as to provide us with relevant support. This talk will focus on technology for chronic pain physical rehabilitation. Chronic pain brings with it many affective states in addition to frustration or boredom at engaging in repetitive exercises and functional activity. Those include low self-esteem for the new body we have to accept, fear and anxiety of injuring oneself, and low perceived self-efficacy modulated by attention to pain. Whilst gamification has been found to mitigate the more boring aspects of physical rehabilitation, the other affective states are still mostly overlooked resulting in low adherence to the therapy program and low transfer to everyday functional capabilities. In this talk, I will present our investigations into the affective barriers to physical rehabilitation in chronic pain and how technology could help breaking them. Finally, I will briefly present related works on automatically detecting affective states from body expressions and touch behaviour.

feelies
Invited Talk - 18th March 2016 - 11am - Arundel Building, Room: 223
Grace Boyle, creator of the feelies, a multi-sensory cinema and Shuffle Festival.
Charles Michel, experience designer / researcher – University of Oxford.

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Grace is the creator of The Feelies, the first public multi-sensory cinema based around virtual reality. Made in collaboration with virtual reality company VRSE, perfume artist Nadjib Achaibou and Charles Michel, researcher at the Crossmodal Research Lab at Oxford University, the first Feelies was a 40-minute theatrical experience attended by 600 people over 7 days, in August 2015. It was featured in the Independent, the Guardian and Vice/Motherboard, and quickly sold out.

Charles is a Colombian-French professional chef graduated from the ‘Institut Paul Bocuse’ cookery school in Lyon, France in 2006. After a classical training in Michelin-starred restaurants, his work as a cook took a turn in a collaborative research with professor Charles Spence, applying insights from sensory and psychological science to experience design.

Kirby
Invited Talk - 7th March 2016 - 11am - Arundel Building, Room: 223
Kate Kirby, Founder & Director of Kindred Planet Productions on Immersive Storytelling & Empathy Engineering.

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Visiting documentary filmmaker, Kate Kirby, presents the tale of her unorthodox journey to the intersection of art and science, and a vision for the future of multi-sensory storytelling. The presentation will include video clips from past projects and ideas for “9D TV” productions.

JWard
Invited Talk - 26th February 2016 - Arundel Building, Room: 223
Dr Michael Bale on Neural coding of trigeminal primary afferents.
JWard
Invited Talk - 4th December 2015 - Arundel Building, Room: 223
Prof Jamie Ward on Synaesthesia and Sensory Substitution Devices.

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About the SCHI Lab

The SCHI Lab research lies in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), an area in which research on multisensory experiences makes a difference on how we design and interact with technology in the future. The interdisciplinary team explores tactile, gustatory, and olfactory experiences as novel interaction modalities.

 

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