Based on my research efforts on multi-sensory experiences for interactive technologies, I created a dedicated website: Multi-Sensory Experiences. This website provides an overview on research on Touch, Taste, and Smell for Human-Computer Interaction (based on three papers presented at CHI 2013 and CHI 2014).
Touch Me Workshop @ CHI’14 – Tactile UX Evaluation
Smell and Taste Experience Session @ CHI’14
MDRS in January 2014
I was visiting the “Mars Desert Research Station” (MDRS), a dedicated facility in which crews of six scientists carry out two-week astronauts-on-Mars simulated missions. In collaboration with researchers at the University of Bristol I was using this unique field research opportunity to conduct a study on haptic interaction in the desert of Utah. Apart from meeting all members of Crew 134, I had the pleasure to experience the beauty of the environment myself.
Accepted papers @ CHI14
Ready for CHI2014 in Toronto, Canada! I will join the conference from 26 April to 1 May and present two papers highlighting the potential of ‘taste’ and ‘smell’ for interaction design and HCI research. Come and listen to:
Marianna Obrist, Alexandre Tuch, and Kasper Hornbæk (2014). Opportunities for Odor: Experiences with Smell and Implications for Technology. Accepted full paper for CHI 2014 (to appear April 2014).
Marianna Obrist, Rob Comber, Sriram Subramanian, Betina Piqueras-Fiszman, Carlos Velasco, and Charles Spence (2014). Temporal, Affective, and Embodied Characteristics of Taste Experiences: A Framework for Design. Accepted full paper for CHI 2014 (to appear April 2014).
The School of Engineering and Informatics just shortlisted project proposals for future PhD candidates. The selection includes my proposal on exploring “Taste Stimulation and Experiences for interactive Technologies”. I am looking for a motivated, enthusiastic student with a background in computer science or engineering with an interest in human experiences, and who does not shy away from a new challenge, an interdisciplinary research environment (co-supervisors are from Psychology, Neuroscience). Get in touch if you want more information.
The proposal is listed here
Details for applicants (due 28th February 2014)
Our workshop on “Touch me – Workshop on Tactile User Experience Evaluation Methods” got accepted for CHI 2014 at Toronto, Canada, at end of April 2014. In this workshop we plan to explore the possibilities and challenges of physical objects and materials for evaluating the User Experience (UX) of interactive systems. These objects should face shortfalls of current UX evaluation methods and allow for a qualitative (or even quantitative), playful and holistic evaluation of UX – without interfering with the users’ personal experiences during interaction. This provides a tactile enhancement to a solely visual stimulation as used in classical evaluation methods. This builds on my CHI 2013 paper on Talking about Tactile Experiences and the usage of non-verbal elicitation methods.
TUTOREM’13 @ Bled
Between 4th and 8th November a total of 32 PhD and 6 lecturer (including myself) traveld to the little place called Bled, nicely situated at a lake in Slovenia. We come together to engage with the broad variety of research methods in Human-Computer Interaction. Within this short week the TUTOREM training school provided students an overview on philosophical stances and ethical considerations for HCI research, covered quantitative research methods including experiential design, survey design, and statistics, and qualitative research methods including ethnographic approaches, interview and narrative methods. Next to a full program (from 8:30am to 6:00pm) every day, the students had to work on their own group projects in the evenings. It was worth it and enjoyed by lecturer and most importantly by the students (believing the students feedback :-)!
University of Bari
The COST network come together for a last time in Bari, Italy, from 10 to 12th of October. We not only heard our working group leaders report on the key achievements from the last four years, but also had the pleasure to listen to a couple of invited talks (amongst others given by Geraldine Fitzpatrick from the University of Vienna, Austria or Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila from the Tampere University of Technology, Finland). It was a great closing meeting organized at the Università degli studi di Bari Aldo Moro, hosted by Francesca Costabile and Carmelo Ardito and their team!
First day at University of Sussex in Brighton
Peter Wright and I (last day in Space 2, Culture Lab)
After my two-year Marie Curie Fellowship at Culture Lab at Newcastle University I now moved from the far north of the UK to the far south to Brighton. I started my new position as Lecturer in Interaction Design at the Department of Informatics in the School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex! After an amazing time at Culture Lab (and I will still be associated with it for ACM TVX2014 and more) I am looking forward to new exciting times at Sussex.
Together with three other Marie Curie Fellows fellows from microbiology, evolutionary biology, and archeology at Newcastle University I organized a four-day workshop at the British Science Festival. As part of the Young People’s programme we set up a workshop on “Fascinated by food”. The workshop aimed to explore different aspects of food including the role of microbes in producing and consuming food, expression of taste experiences, and the importance of landscape and culture in influencing food production
DC @ DPPI’13
We enjoyed a great Doctoral Colloquium at the DPPI2013 (Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces) conference organized at Newcastle. Not only we had the pleasure to be in the BALTIC contemporary art museum, we also had a great group of doctoral students with lots of exciting projects and ideas.