MAGICS Community Event

Ever wondered what all you could do in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality? How to measure and observe how people respond and interact in virtual and naturalistic contexts? Is it possible to meet virtually, to see, hear, touch and smell, as if the other people were in the same space with you? 

In October 2021, we launched a series of events for the MAGICS-Aalto community. The sixth monthly event takes place in the Odeion theatre, Maarintie 8, Espoo, on 5 May at 16:00–18:00. 

Our purpose is to bring together people from different backgrounds and inspire new encounters and new ideas through high-level speakers and performers, as well as possibility for open and free discussion. 


16:00 Welcome and introductions
Mikko Sams, Professor of Neuroscience, Brain and Mind Laboratory Director of MAGICS, Aalto University 

16:10 Chemical emissions and signals from people
Prof. Jonathan Williams, Group Leader of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Department of Atmospheric Chemistry

17:00 Discussion

17:30 Refreshments

Photo of Jonathan Williams

Prof. Jonathan Williams is an atmospheric chemist. He completed his BSc and Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia, England and after working as a postdoctoral researcher at the NOAA Aeronomy laboratory in Boulder, USA, he became a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany. His primary research focus is the chemistry of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the atmosphere and he has participated in many international field campaigns on aircraft, ships and at ground stations. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles, is editor on several international journals, co-author of the textbook “The Atmospheric Chemist´s Companion” and currently adjunct Professor at the Cyprus Institute, in Cyprus. Recently Prof. Williams has begun researching the VOC emitted by people and the impact of these emissions on indoor chemistry. This later work was awarded the Ig-Nobel prize for Chemistry in 2021.

Mikko Sams

Mikko Sams is a professor of cognitive neuroscience in Aalto University and academic leader of MAGICS-Aalto and coordinator of the MAGICS infrastructure. He has studied neural mechanisms of human cognitive functions, from sensory processing to complex cognitive functions and experiences. In his research, he is focusing on the measurement of human experiences under naturalistic conditions and developing this research field in MAGICS-Aalto.

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