Distinguished Lecture by Professor Nadia Berthouze

6 November 2018 at 13:15-15:00 in Lecture hall 2, Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, Uppsala  

The affective body in a technology-mediated world

Abstract

In this talk professor Nadia Berthouze will highlight how we express affect through our bodies in everyday activities and how technology can be designed to read those expressions and even to modulate them. Among various applications, she will present her work on technology for chronic pain management and discuss how such technology can lead to more effective physical rehabilitation through integrating it in everyday activities and supporting people at both physical and affective levels. Berthouze will also discuss how this sensing technology enables us to go beyond simply measuring and reflecting on one’s behaviour by exploiting embodied bottom-up mechanisms that enhance the perception of one’s body and its capabilities.

Biography

Nadia Berthouze is a Professor in Affective Computing and Interaction at the Interaction Centre of the University College London. Her research focuses on body movement and touch behaviour as a means to both automatically recognize a person’s affective state as well as to modulate it while interacting with technology. She has investigated these modalities in the context of full-body computer games, physical rehabilitation, education and product experience.

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