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Two-day workshop on Virtual and Augmented Reality
Two-day workshop on Virtual and Augmented Reality
Virtual and augmented reality technologies offer people immersive experiences by exposing their senses to computer-generated imagery, sound, and haptic stimulations. Virtual reality temporarily isolates people from the real world and offers them a computer-generated environment. Augmented reality, on the other hand, blends the real world with computer-generated objects. In two days of workshops, key interaction concepts behind these technologies will be discussed, as well as their applications in the mental health domain.  
Wednesday 8 November 2017
New PhD Candidate in University of Twente
New PhD Candidate in University of Twente
In October 2017 Michel Jansen joined the 4TU.H&T project “Smart Social Systems and Spaces for living well” (S4). Michel is a PhD candidate at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His PhD position is placed under the theme “sensing and social signal processing” which is closely related to his research interests such as automatic multimodal emotion recognition and models and theories of emotion.
Monday 16 October 2017
Research meet: Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change
Research meet: Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change
Technology is seen to help countless people in many ways, but does it actually help people become fitter, happier or more productive? The road to a healthier life can be interpreted in more than one way and sometimes with unforeseen contingencies when technology is involved. The research meet "Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change" that took place on September 25th at TU Eindhoven addressed this topic.
Monday 2 October 2017
Symposium on Wearables in Practice: Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology
Symposium on Wearables in Practice: Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology
The Wearables in Practice Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology  Symposium took place on the 22nd of September at the University of Twente.
Friday 22 September 2017
Workshop on Agent-Based Modeling
Workshop on Agent-Based Modeling
Agent-based modeling (ABM) has gradually become an asset for scientists working in many different fields to understand complex systems. Its popularity has also been raising in behavioral and social sciences, when researchers start to formally model human social behaviors as interactions between human agents. On September 11th, 2017, Paul E. Smaldino, an expert of ABM from UC Merced gave a timely needed workshop on the topic at TU Eindhoven.
Monday 11 September 2017
PEACH2017 Workshop
PEACH2017 Workshop
Within the framework of the 17th International conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents in Stockholm this year, we organized the first workshop on Persuasive Embodied Agents for Behavior Change, PEACH2017. Researchers were invited to submit position papers and projects at early stages. Topics ranged from visions on AI guidance in eHealth, agenda-setting in interventions targeting multiple behaviors, and intelligent topic-switching to personalization of instructions using reinforcement learning, induced cognitive dissonance in VR, and chatbot support for obese children. In breakout sessions of half an hour following each presentation, presenters were given the opportunity to ask the audience for feedback on specific aspects of their research or for input on problems they have been struggling with. With more than 20 participants from all over the world, vivid discussions ensued and presenters received diverse and extensive input. Particularly this interactivity was greatly appreciated by participants and authors alike. We therefore hope to host this workshop again at future IVA conferences.
Sunday 27 August 2017
H&T PhD Writing Seminar
H&T PhD Writing Seminar
In May, the 4TU.H&T PhD students self-organized a 3-day writing retreat by the beach in Makkum, Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands. Writing is critical to all PhD students, yet it is often a solitary activity. The main goals were to get peer feedback early on and to improve drafts in progress. Both are essential to healthy collaborative research, the greater aim of our 4TU Federation.
Monday 22 May 2017
Gijs Huisman has joined the S4 team
Gijs Huisman has joined the S4 team
This year, Gijs Huisman joined the  4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4). Gijs is a postdoctoral researcher at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His research focusses on how haptic technology (technology that addresses the sense of touch) can be used for social and affective interaction in mediated communication and in interactions with artificial social entities such as virtual agents and social robots. In addition, he has a keen research interest in multimodal interaction, in particular, nature-inspired ambient technology for well-being and technology for human-food interaction.
Monday 1 May 2017
Seminar on Computational Social Science
Seminar on Computational Social Science
On the 7th of April, Dong Nguyen (The Alan Turing Institute, London) and Vincent Traag (Leiden University) gave a 4TU.H&T seminar on Computational Social Science. More than 20 people (researchers, phd students, masters' students) participated! In the first part of the seminar presented by Dong, students learned about computational sociolinguistics and how to apply natural language processing techniques to social data. Using NTLK, students explored methods for tokenization, part of speech tagging, sentiment analysis and topic modelling, and applied these to Reddit data. 
Thursday 20 April 2017

News

Two-day workshop on Virtual and Augmented Reality
Two-day workshop on Virtual and Augmented Reality
Virtual and augmented reality technologies offer people immersive experiences by exposing their senses to computer-generated imagery, sound, and haptic stimulations. Virtual reality temporarily isolates people from the real world and offers them a computer-generated environment. Augmented reality, on the other hand, blends the real world with computer-generated objects. In two days of workshops, key interaction concepts behind these technologies will be discussed, as well as their applications in the mental health domain.  
Wednesday 8 November 2017
New PhD Candidate in University of Twente
New PhD Candidate in University of Twente
In October 2017 Michel Jansen joined the 4TU.H&T project “Smart Social Systems and Spaces for living well” (S4). Michel is a PhD candidate at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His PhD position is placed under the theme “sensing and social signal processing” which is closely related to his research interests such as automatic multimodal emotion recognition and models and theories of emotion.
Monday 16 October 2017
Research meet: Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change
Research meet: Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change
Technology is seen to help countless people in many ways, but does it actually help people become fitter, happier or more productive? The road to a healthier life can be interpreted in more than one way and sometimes with unforeseen contingencies when technology is involved. The research meet "Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change" that took place on September 25th at TU Eindhoven addressed this topic.
Monday 2 October 2017
Symposium on Wearables in Practice: Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology
Symposium on Wearables in Practice: Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology
The Wearables in Practice Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology  Symposium took place on the 22nd of September at the University of Twente.
Friday 22 September 2017
Workshop on Agent-Based Modeling
Workshop on Agent-Based Modeling
Agent-based modeling (ABM) has gradually become an asset for scientists working in many different fields to understand complex systems. Its popularity has also been raising in behavioral and social sciences, when researchers start to formally model human social behaviors as interactions between human agents. On September 11th, 2017, Paul E. Smaldino, an expert of ABM from UC Merced gave a timely needed workshop on the topic at TU Eindhoven.
Monday 11 September 2017
PEACH2017 Workshop
PEACH2017 Workshop
Within the framework of the 17th International conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents in Stockholm this year, we organized the first workshop on Persuasive Embodied Agents for Behavior Change, PEACH2017. Researchers were invited to submit position papers and projects at early stages. Topics ranged from visions on AI guidance in eHealth, agenda-setting in interventions targeting multiple behaviors, and intelligent topic-switching to personalization of instructions using reinforcement learning, induced cognitive dissonance in VR, and chatbot support for obese children. In breakout sessions of half an hour following each presentation, presenters were given the opportunity to ask the audience for feedback on specific aspects of their research or for input on problems they have been struggling with. With more than 20 participants from all over the world, vivid discussions ensued and presenters received diverse and extensive input. Particularly this interactivity was greatly appreciated by participants and authors alike. We therefore hope to host this workshop again at future IVA conferences.
Sunday 27 August 2017
H&T PhD Writing Seminar
H&T PhD Writing Seminar
In May, the 4TU.H&T PhD students self-organized a 3-day writing retreat by the beach in Makkum, Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands. Writing is critical to all PhD students, yet it is often a solitary activity. The main goals were to get peer feedback early on and to improve drafts in progress. Both are essential to healthy collaborative research, the greater aim of our 4TU Federation.
Monday 22 May 2017
Gijs Huisman has joined the S4 team
Gijs Huisman has joined the S4 team
This year, Gijs Huisman joined the  4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4). Gijs is a postdoctoral researcher at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His research focusses on how haptic technology (technology that addresses the sense of touch) can be used for social and affective interaction in mediated communication and in interactions with artificial social entities such as virtual agents and social robots. In addition, he has a keen research interest in multimodal interaction, in particular, nature-inspired ambient technology for well-being and technology for human-food interaction.
Monday 1 May 2017
Seminar on Computational Social Science
Seminar on Computational Social Science
On the 7th of April, Dong Nguyen (The Alan Turing Institute, London) and Vincent Traag (Leiden University) gave a 4TU.H&T seminar on Computational Social Science. More than 20 people (researchers, phd students, masters' students) participated! In the first part of the seminar presented by Dong, students learned about computational sociolinguistics and how to apply natural language processing techniques to social data. Using NTLK, students explored methods for tokenization, part of speech tagging, sentiment analysis and topic modelling, and applied these to Reddit data. 
Thursday 20 April 2017