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Sensing the Audience: Connecting Fashion, Senses, and Spaces
Pablo Cesar, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Netherlands

Physiological Computing to Bridge the Gaps
Juan-Manuel Belda-Lois, Instituto de Biomecánica de Valência, Spain


Sensing the Audience: Connecting Fashion, Senses, and Spaces

Pablo Cesar
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

Brief Bio
Pablo Cesar leads Distributed and Interactive Systems group (http://www.dis.cwi.nl) at CWI (The National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands). Pablo's research focuses on modelling and controlling complex collections of media objects (including real-time media and sensor data) that are distributed in time and space. His fundamental interest is in understanding how different customisations of such collections affect the user experience. Pablo is the PI of Public Private Partnership projects with Xinhuanet and ByBorre, and very successful EU-funded projects like 2-IMMERSE, REVERIE and Vconect. He has (co)-authored over 100 articles. He is member of the editorial board of, among others, ACM Transactions on Multimedia (TOMM). Pablo has given tutorials about multimedia systems in prestigious conferences such as ACM Multimedia, CHI, and the WWW conference. He acted as an invited expert at the European Commission’s Future Media Internet Architecture Think Tank and participates in standardisation activities at MPEG (point-cloud compression) and ITU (QoE for multi-party tele-meetings). Webpage: http://homepages.cwi.nl/~garcia/


What if the club of the future could create the perfect “party vibe”, by reacting to the level of enjoyment of the crowd, a speaker could dynamically adapt her talk, depending on the honest reactions of the crowd, and a theatre could evaluate the success of the play last night based on the actual engagement of the audience?


We live in a society based on experiences; yet, it is surprising to see how little it is actually known about how people actually value these experiences. The high-end technical solutions for shaping experiences sharply contrast with the rather conventional mechanisms used to measure them. This talk will overview our efforts on gathering data and understanding the experience of people attending cultural events, by using wearable sensor technology. Through practical case studies in different areas of the creative industries from theatre going to clubbing, we will showcase our results and discuss about our failures. Based on realistic testing grounds, collaborating with several commercial and academic partners, we have deployed our technology and infrastructure in places such as the National Theatre of China in Shanghai and the Amsterdam Dance Event in the Netherlands. Our approach is to seamless connecting fashion and textiles with sensing technology, and with the environment. The final objective is to create intelligent and empathic systems that can react to the audience and their experience.




Physiological Computing to Bridge the Gaps

Juan-Manuel Belda-Lois
Instituto de Biomecánica de Valência

Brief Bio

Dr. Juan Manuel Belda Lois is a senior researcher of Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia. He has been working in the development of assistive products since 1997. He has participated in several European Projects from 5th Framework Program to Horizon2020. Coordinating the project ABC (Advanced BNCI Communication) and participating in other projects related with the application of Physiological Computing Systems as asssistive products. He has been the lead researcher on Interface Design at IBV between 2014 and 2016, and nowadays is the leader of application of physiological signals of the center.

Physiological Computing aims at guessing the “internal” state of an individual from their physiological signals and act according to this internal state in order to improve his quality of life, in general terms, or at, least this user experience.

For this reason, this set of methodologies and technologies have an important potential in individuals that experiences difficulties to reach the environment from their “internal” needs. Subsequently, Physiological Computing is already, improving their life by bridging the gap from their inner to the environment.

One of the most obvious examples of this potential is the use of BCI and BNCI approaches to communicate by people with Locked-In syndrome or Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy. The later group, the people with dyskinetic cerebral palsy, is specially interesting for these approaches, because, despite most of them borne with conserved intellectual capacities, the lack of interaction with the environment and the lack of communication with third persons impedes the development of their intellectual potentials. Besides, their life expectancy is increasing as long as more tools exist to improve their communication.

Communication, besides the sharing of the ideas to third parties, also includes sharing our internal state. This has been known for years as non-verbal communication or emotional communication. When this part of the communication fails we, the communication is  felt as “unnatural”. Therefore, the emotional content of the communication should be an important part when we develop alternative communication systems. Providing, the users of this kind of interfaces the possibility to express their internal state, could have the extra benefit of improving their capacity to manage their own emotions, bridging also the gap for communicating in a more natural way.