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
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
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.
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.
On Thursday May 26th, the 4TU.Humans&Technology Research Center organised their first workshop on Human-Agent Experience Sharing. We were delighted to welcome participants from 7 companies in the Netherlands: Thales, Jutten, Tinybots, Almende, CleVR, TNO, and SiMyGenes. In addition, researchers from Delft University of Technology and the University of Twente were present. During an interactive session, the attendees discussed the requirements and scientific challenges faced by the industry in the area of human-agent experience sharing. In addition, the attendees discussed how industry and academia can join forces to overcome these challenges, so stay tuned!