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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
3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch
3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch
After two very interesting get-togethers in 2015 and early 2016, we organized the 3rd “Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch in the Netherlands” - also known as the slightly more convenient “Dutch Touch”. This third meeting was held on December 21st in the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The series of Dutch Touch meetings was initiated to bring together people from various disciplines who are all working on the topic of touch. Since the start of the series, nearly 60 people – researchers, artists, designers, and people from industry – have already indicated their interest in the meetings. This demonstrates that a lot is happening in the area of social and affective touch in the Netherlands. It also provides interesting opportunities.
Wednesday 21 December 2016
Seminar: Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R
Seminar: Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R
Students from Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Twente, as well as researchers from Maastricht and Belgium joined the workshop entitled Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R, given by Daniel Lakens on 16 November 2016. There were different levels of expertise to begin with, ranging from those who were installing R and RStudio for the first time to others who were already comfortable doing analysis in R. Daniel went through step-by-step instructions on the interface of R Studio, important commands, helpful libraries, and how to approach statistics in general in R.
Wednesday 16 November 2016
4TU.H&T Symposium  Machine Smarts and Human Values: designing a humanistic future
4TU.H&T Symposium Machine Smarts and Human Values: designing a humanistic future
On Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October, the symposium on Machine Smarts and Human Values took place at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The first day was organized specifically for PhD students from the 4 Universities and had the theme ‘Collaboration’. One of the core values of the 4TU consortium is to promote cooperation between research institutes. To this end, about 20 PhD students from different departments of the different Universities came together to find and discuss common interests. These discussions were triggered by a talk given by Dr. Daniel Lakens about the importance of collaboration in science, after which a speed dating session really brought the PhD’s closer together. During this session some very nice couples and groups were formed. Later that day they worked together developing collaborative proposals for combined research or follow-up events. The best ideas from those proposals were awarded and the next events are already being planned. In the end this day showed many PhD students that they have more in common than they think, opening up possibilities for collaborations between the Universities.
Friday 14 October 2016
New PhD candidate in Delft
New PhD candidate in Delft
Bernd Dudzik started work as a PhD candidate at the Interactive Intelligence department of the TU Delft on September 1st, 2016. His topic is "Cognitive-Affective Memory Modelling" - part of the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces for Living Well (S4).
Thursday 8 September 2016
eNTERFACE'16 at the University of Twente
eNTERFACE'16 at the University of Twente
The 12th Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces, also known as eNTERFACE’16, was hosted by the Human Media Interaction group from the University of Twente (July 18th - August 12th, 2016). Four weeks long, students and researchers from all over the world came together in the DesignLab at the University of Twente to work on 9 different projects on multimodal interfaces. In total, there were about 70 participants from 16 different countries ranging from the USA to Malaysia and from the UK to Australia.
Monday 22 August 2016
Interdisciplinary Insights into Group and Team Dynamics
Interdisciplinary Insights into Group and Team Dynamics
The workshop was hosted by the Lorentz Center at the Snellius venue which has an approximate limit of 25 places. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the workshop received 36 applications and due to the space limitations, we had to be quite strict with reducing the numbers of attendees. From this list, we had a total of 27 attendees for which 23 attended the full workshop programme. The list was carefully selected to have an even balance between researchers in computer science and researchers in group science. The aim of the workshop was to work towards a white paper where the interdisciplinary struggles of both computer scientists and group researchers who analyse human behaviour in group settings could be investigated and clarified for the community.
Thursday 21 July 2016
4TU.H&T Symposium on Supportive Technology
4TU.H&T Symposium on Supportive Technology
On Wednesday, 22 June 2016, the 4TU.Humans&Technology Research Centre organised a symposium on Supportive Technology for People with Dementia and their Caregivers in 'de Nonnerie’ in Maarssen. We were delighted to welcome participants from 6 elderly care organisations, 11 research institutes, 1 end user organisation, and 5 SMEs. During the day, 4 speakers gave talks about their interdisciplinary research projects. Furthermore, during interactive sessions, the audience was challenged to debate questions related to collaborative research between academia, health care institutes, and industry. In addition to the plenary sessions, we organised poster and demo sessions, where 13 posters, and demos were presented by industry and academia providing an overview of the state of the art in this field in the Netherlands. We thank all attendees for their participation and hope we will see each other again at one of the other upcoming events of the 4TU.H&T Research Centre.
Wednesday 22 June 2016

News

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
3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch
3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch
After two very interesting get-togethers in 2015 and early 2016, we organized the 3rd “Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch in the Netherlands” - also known as the slightly more convenient “Dutch Touch”. This third meeting was held on December 21st in the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The series of Dutch Touch meetings was initiated to bring together people from various disciplines who are all working on the topic of touch. Since the start of the series, nearly 60 people – researchers, artists, designers, and people from industry – have already indicated their interest in the meetings. This demonstrates that a lot is happening in the area of social and affective touch in the Netherlands. It also provides interesting opportunities.
Wednesday 21 December 2016
Seminar: Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R
Seminar: Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R
Students from Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Twente, as well as researchers from Maastricht and Belgium joined the workshop entitled Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R, given by Daniel Lakens on 16 November 2016. There were different levels of expertise to begin with, ranging from those who were installing R and RStudio for the first time to others who were already comfortable doing analysis in R. Daniel went through step-by-step instructions on the interface of R Studio, important commands, helpful libraries, and how to approach statistics in general in R.
Wednesday 16 November 2016
4TU.H&T Symposium  Machine Smarts and Human Values: designing a humanistic future
4TU.H&T Symposium Machine Smarts and Human Values: designing a humanistic future
On Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October, the symposium on Machine Smarts and Human Values took place at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The first day was organized specifically for PhD students from the 4 Universities and had the theme ‘Collaboration’. One of the core values of the 4TU consortium is to promote cooperation between research institutes. To this end, about 20 PhD students from different departments of the different Universities came together to find and discuss common interests. These discussions were triggered by a talk given by Dr. Daniel Lakens about the importance of collaboration in science, after which a speed dating session really brought the PhD’s closer together. During this session some very nice couples and groups were formed. Later that day they worked together developing collaborative proposals for combined research or follow-up events. The best ideas from those proposals were awarded and the next events are already being planned. In the end this day showed many PhD students that they have more in common than they think, opening up possibilities for collaborations between the Universities.
Friday 14 October 2016
New PhD candidate in Delft
New PhD candidate in Delft
Bernd Dudzik started work as a PhD candidate at the Interactive Intelligence department of the TU Delft on September 1st, 2016. His topic is "Cognitive-Affective Memory Modelling" - part of the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces for Living Well (S4).
Thursday 8 September 2016
eNTERFACE'16 at the University of Twente
eNTERFACE'16 at the University of Twente
The 12th Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces, also known as eNTERFACE’16, was hosted by the Human Media Interaction group from the University of Twente (July 18th - August 12th, 2016). Four weeks long, students and researchers from all over the world came together in the DesignLab at the University of Twente to work on 9 different projects on multimodal interfaces. In total, there were about 70 participants from 16 different countries ranging from the USA to Malaysia and from the UK to Australia.
Monday 22 August 2016
Interdisciplinary Insights into Group and Team Dynamics
Interdisciplinary Insights into Group and Team Dynamics
The workshop was hosted by the Lorentz Center at the Snellius venue which has an approximate limit of 25 places. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the workshop received 36 applications and due to the space limitations, we had to be quite strict with reducing the numbers of attendees. From this list, we had a total of 27 attendees for which 23 attended the full workshop programme. The list was carefully selected to have an even balance between researchers in computer science and researchers in group science. The aim of the workshop was to work towards a white paper where the interdisciplinary struggles of both computer scientists and group researchers who analyse human behaviour in group settings could be investigated and clarified for the community.
Thursday 21 July 2016
4TU.H&T Symposium on Supportive Technology
4TU.H&T Symposium on Supportive Technology
On Wednesday, 22 June 2016, the 4TU.Humans&Technology Research Centre organised a symposium on Supportive Technology for People with Dementia and their Caregivers in 'de Nonnerie’ in Maarssen. We were delighted to welcome participants from 6 elderly care organisations, 11 research institutes, 1 end user organisation, and 5 SMEs. During the day, 4 speakers gave talks about their interdisciplinary research projects. Furthermore, during interactive sessions, the audience was challenged to debate questions related to collaborative research between academia, health care institutes, and industry. In addition to the plenary sessions, we organised poster and demo sessions, where 13 posters, and demos were presented by industry and academia providing an overview of the state of the art in this field in the Netherlands. We thank all attendees for their participation and hope we will see each other again at one of the other upcoming events of the 4TU.H&T Research Centre.
Wednesday 22 June 2016