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Sensory Experiences for Interactive Technologies

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Project "SenseX" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙494˙865 €
 EC max contribution 1˙494˙865 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2020-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX UK (BRIGHTON) coordinator 1˙494˙865.00


 Project objective

The senses we call upon to interact with technology are still very limited relying mostly on visual and auditory senses. The grand challenge and vision of this project is to gain a rich and integrated understanding on touch, taste, and smell experiences for interactive technologies.

We aim to achieve this ambitious grand vision by 1) creating a ‘sensory interaction framework’ on the bases of a systematic empirical investigation of touch, taste, and smell experiences, 2) integrating the generated understanding on the three senses into meaningful and efficient experiential cross-sensory gamuts and interaction principles, and 3) demonstrating the added value of the created experiential understanding on touch, taste, and smell – aka the experiential gamuts – through their integration into the development of multi-sensory systems verifying the short-, mid- and long-term societal and scientific impact (short-term: multi-sensory media experiences; mid-term: interaction concepts for partially sensory impaired people; long-term: multi-sensory interaction approach for life beyond Earth).

This research will pioneer novel interaction concepts for interactive technologies in relation to essential components of multi-sensory experiences. This project will transform existing interaction paradigm in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and likewise impact other disciplines such as sensory and cognitive sciences by delivering ground-breaking new insights on the experiential dimensions underlying neurological processes and human perception.

The PI’s research excellence and her track record (three recent seminal papers on touch, taste, and smell at the premier HCI – CHI conference) provide a rock solid foundation for the feasibility of the proposed scientific venture. This ERC project would enable her to establish an independent and interdisciplinary team to revolutionize multi-sensory research within the HCI community with impact across disciplines.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Emanuela Maggioni, Robert Cobden, Marianna Obrist
OWidgets: A Toolkit To Enable Smell-based Experience Design
published pages: , ISSN: 1071-5819, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2019.06.014
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 2019-09-02
2017 Chi Thanh Vi, Damien Ablart, Elia Gatti, Carlos Velasco, Marianna Obrist
Not just seeing, but also feeling art: Mid-air haptic experiences integrated in a multisensory art exhibition
published pages: 1-14, ISSN: 1071-5819, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2017.06.004
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 108 2019-05-28
2018 Chi Thanh Vi, Marianna Obrist
Sour Promotes Risk-Taking: An Investigation into the Effect of Taste on Risk-Taking Behaviour in Humans
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-26164-3
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-05-28
2016 Marianna Obrist, Carlos Velasco, Chi Vi, Nimesha Ranasinghe, Ali Israr, Adrian Cheok, Charles Spence, Ponnampalam Gopalakrishnakone
Sensing the future of HCI
published pages: 40-49, ISSN: 1072-5520, DOI: 10.1145/2973568
interactions 23/5 2019-05-28
2017 Charles Spence, Marianna Obrist, Carlos Velasco, Nimesha Ranasinghe
Digitizing the chemical senses: Possibilities & pitfalls
published pages: 62-74, ISSN: 1071-5819, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2017.06.003
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 107 2019-05-28
2017 Marianna Obrist, Elia Gatti, Emanuela Maggioni, Chi Thanh Vi, Carlos Velasco
Multisensory Experiences in HCI
published pages: 9-13, ISSN: 1070-986X, DOI: 10.1109/MMUL.2017.33
IEEE MultiMedia 24/2 2019-05-28
2018 Carlos Velasco, Marianna Obrist, Olivia Petit, Charles Spence
Multisensory Technology for Flavor Augmentation: A Mini Review
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00026
Frontiers in Psychology 9 2019-05-28
2017 Damien Ablart, Carlos Velasco, Chi Thanh Vi, Elia Gatti, Marianna Obrist
The how and why behind a multisensory art display
published pages: 38-43, ISSN: 1072-5520, DOI: 10.1145/3137091
interactions 24/6 2019-04-18
2018 Elia Gatti, Elena Calzolari, Emanuela Maggioni, Marianna Obrist
Emotional ratings and skin conductance response to visual, auditory and haptic stimuli
published pages: 180120, ISSN: 2052-4463, DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2018.120
Scientific Data 5 2019-04-18

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