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DataWe: A neurocinematic system for studying collective decision-making

on 04-11-2019

... Researchers from the Pattern and Image Analysis group from IT in Lisbon (PIA-Lx), in collaboration with Tallinn University (TLU) and European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), have developed an audience psychophysiological assessment system, which was recently deployed at the European Commission JRC Resonances III Art-Science Festival, in the scope of the DataWe project.

Lead by Professor Aleksander Väljamäe from TLU & tunisian artist Amal Mokded, DataWe is a neurocinematics show, where the participants’ psychophysiological reactions influence the narrative, audio and visual media of a film. This particular performance, focused on the struggles of an European immigrant, to which the “neuronauts” (i.e. audience) reactions are measured using a novel wearable and unobtrusive Electrodermal Activity (EDA) sensor. This device, especially suitable for collective data acquisition in real time, measures the emotional arousal throughout the screening. Then, from the individual reactions, a collective affective waveform of the neuronauts is computed.

In its simplest form, the affective waveform can be determined as a weighted average of the amplitude values from each individual participant, normalized with respect to a calibration period. However, ongoing work is exploring the use of machine learning to determine the optimal feature set based on experimental datasets in which ground truth annotations are available.

In one mode of operation, DataWe uses the affective waveform to direct the audio-visual content to be shown, with the purpose of inducing emotional arousal to the audience through dynamically adapted content. In another mode of operation, DataWe detects strong emotional-manipulative connotation media, using features extracted from the affective waveform to serve as a demonstration system, warning against these media technologies and raising awareness about the challenge of processing media in an unbiased fashion, by highlighting and presenting to the neuronauts the segments of the screening in which the strongest responses were detected.

This was an action developed under project S-0003-LX-18 XiPhy, Xinhua Net Future Media Convergence Institute (FMCI) scientific research collaboration.

Photo: Electrodermal Activity (EDA) sensor

IT brings more than 20 demonstrators to Techdays 2019

on 14-10-2019

... Held between October 10-12 in the Parque de Feiras e Exposições, the city of Aveiro welcomed another edition of Techdays, one of the biggest national technology forums.

With the aim to facilitate potential collaborations with the industry, IT had a strong presence in the event, bringing more than 20 demonstrators distributed within a 70 m2 area. From eHealth to smart cities, from multimedia apps to technology that uses augmented reality to support physical rehabilitation, and a lot more, this was also an opportunity for visitors to get in touch with some of the research and technology developed in the institute.

Also within Techdays, this year was the first editions of the Aveiro Urban Challenges and Aveiro 5G Challenges, intended for Startups, Scaleups or R&D Institutions wishing to integrate a program of development of ideas and solutions that respond to urban challenges, using the 5G living lab. and the challenges presented by partner entities. With this initiative, the Aveiro Municipality aims to promote and leverage local policies that contribute to the development of employment-friendly ecosystems that allow the creation of differentiating goods and services that can add value to the market.

Techdays is a joint organization of the Câmara Municipal de Aveiro, University of Aveiro, IT, INOVARIA,, CentroHabitat, Fórum Oceano and Mobinov.