Creative Technologies

Creative Technologies community has launched a seminar series that brings together researchers and experts from the fields of computational science, creative technologies, arts and design.
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Tapahtumakuva: Veera Kemppainen

Aalto University has launched a new community in the field of Creative Technologies. Our purpose is to raise the quality of research in the area of creative technology among the international network of researchers in Aalto University.

We welcome you to our first Creative Technologies seminar of the year on 2 February 2023. The theme of the next seminar is New Forms of Social Interaction. Giulio Jacucci, Professor from the University of Helsinki, will present on the topic of affective VR. The second speaker, Robin Welsch, Assistant Professor from Aalto University, will address the question of what makes mixed reality social.

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Towards affective VR
Giulio Jacucci, Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki

Abstract: Emerging use of social VR demonstrate how affective interaction is key as, for example, harassment is more prevalent than in social media. More over VR is an opportunity to create engaging and immersive applications for positive uses including new modalities and the use of physiological computing. The talk will report of recent research in investigating how haptics can contribute to affective interaction in VR. Research explores the use of physiology to research emotional responses of users and also to create neuroadaptive and biofeedback systems for mental wellbeing.

What makes mixed reality social?
Robin Welsch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Aalto University

Abstract: In this talk, we will approach the social capabilities of mixed reality technology from a psychological perspective. Mixed reality allows us to digitize social spaces and connect with people across space and time. I argue that social mixed reality is so popular, i.e., Metaverse, because of its capabilities to render nonverbal behavior.  My research shows that personal space maintained towards virtual people is as relevant as it is in the physical world, that social cues affect personal space, and that personality traits like psychopathy can predict violations of personal space in virtual environments. This has direct implications for designing mixed reality experiences that allow for enriching and safe social interactions.

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Giulio Jacucci

Prof. Dr. Giulio Jacucci is Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. He has been Professor at the Aalto University, Department of Design 2009-2010. His research over the years focussed on mobile and ubiquitous computing, including public displays, mobile group media, and augmented reality, and exploratory search. Currently the research focuses on task based entity recommendation, behaviour change and wellbeing, affective interaction in XR. He is co-founder of several research spin offs and co-authored two patents in the area of information seeking and on modular screens.

Robin Welsch

Robin Welsch is an experimental psychologist researching human-computer interaction to improve theories and methods in engineering psychology. His current research interests include AR/VR, artificial intelligence, and human augmentation. Before joining Aalto in 2022, he was an interim professor of General Psychology and Human Factors at TU Chemnitz, GER, worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media group at LMU Munich, GER, and was a visiting scientist at VU Amsterdam, NL. He received his PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Mainz, GER, in 2020.

Creative Technologies community collaborates with Aalto Digital Creatives which is a pre-incubator program tailored for the creative industries. They both utilise the MAGICS infrastructure for human virtualisation. 


Further information:

Katja Reinikka
Producer | Aalto Digital Creatives | Aalto Studios
050 434 8872 | [email protected]

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