On Wednesday, 21st of March, we held our first 4TU Hackathon on telepresence, teleoperation, embodiment and haptics. Fifteen researchers and students with various backgrounds, ranging from from control engineering to philosophy, met up in the DesignLab at the University of Twente. Besides researchers with 4TU H&T affiliation, there was also a group of researchers from TNO who collaborate with the UTwente on this topic in the context of the I-Botics project (www.i-botics.com).
In total, 26 students from EU including Italy, France, and the Netherlands attended the winterschool. As lecturers, Joost Broekens (TUD, Delft), Jon Gratch (ICT, LA), Dirk Heylen (UT, Enschede), Hayley Hung (TUD, Delft), Gary McKeown (QUB, Belfast), Merijn Bruijnes, (UT, Enschede), Bjorn Schuller (UNIA, Augsburg) and Mohamed Chetouani (SU, Paris) gave talks on different topics within affective computing and social signal processing.
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