Body movement as a modality to express and regulate emotions in technology-mediated activity

Speaker: Nadia Berthouze
Date: Thursday 13 November 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Senate House, Senate House, WC1E 7HU
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Room 243

Commentator: Marion Godman (Cambridge)

The increased cost-effectiveness of technology capable of sensing body movement has led to this technology becoming more pervasive, and with it, there has been increased interest for research in this area.  In addition, studies in psychology and neuroscience have shown that posture and body movement affect emotional state, cognitive abilities and attitude towards the surrounding environment. In this talk, I will look at these two roles of body movement in relation to emotions. First, I will report on our studies aimed at understanding body expressions and touch behaviour as a means for expressing affect in whole-body games and in clinical contexts. Then I will present our studies aimed at investigating how multimodal perception of body movement qualities can be used to regulate people’s emotional states in technology-mediated rehabilitation.

Dr Nadia Berthouze ( is Reader at the University College London Interaction Centre.  She received her PhD in computer science from the University of Milano. From 1996 to 2000 she has been a postdoc fellow at the Electrotechnical laboratory in Japan working in the area of Kansei Engineering. From 2000 to 2006, she was a lecturer in computer science at the University of Aizu in Japan. Her main area of expertise is the study of body posture/movement as a modality for recognising, modulating and measuring human affective states in HCI. She has published more than 150 papers in affective computing, HCI, and pattern recognition. She was awarded the 2003 Technical Prize from the Japanese Society of Kansei Engineering and she has been invited to give a TEDxStMartin talk (2012). She is PI on the Emo&Pain project (EP/H007083/1, 2010-2014) to design affective  technology to support rehabilitation in chronic pain; co-I on the Digital Sensoria project (EP/H007083/1, 2009-2012) investigating the use of biosensors to measure subjective responses to tactile experiences; co-I on the ILHAIRE  project (FET-EU-FP7, 2011-2014) investigating laughter in human-avatar interaction; EU-FP7 Marie Curie IRSES (2012-2016), UBI-HEALTH: Exchange of Excellence in Ubiquitous Computing Technologies to Address Healthcare Challenges.