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Call for Papers



Symposium on Haptic and Audio-Visual Stimuli: Enhancing  Experiences and


Special Symposium at EuroHaptics 2010

July 7, 2010, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam



Background and Motivation


Multimodal stimulation is capable of creating strong effects on users,
because the effects of the various stimuli can enforce each-other.  This
form of stimulation can be used to enhance entertainment experiences, as
well as well-being and relaxation experiences. The causes of these
strong effects and the exact relation to intensity, spatial distribution
and timing of the stimuli are the subject of many investigations. One
example application is using haptic and tactile actuator elements to
provide the player of a game with a more thrilling experience. Linked to
the visual and auditory information of the game, the haptic stimuli are
provided.  Also for enhancing applications in mobile (phone) systems
haptics combined with audicons are often applied.  However, the effects
of multimodal and cross-modal stimulation (involving haptics) on the
user experience and on user interactions is not yet thoroughly studied
in the context of entertainment, well-being and relaxation applications.


About this Symposium


In this special symposium we want to address the specific effects of
combined (multi-sensory) stimuli.  Topics we want to address range from
the effect of mutual timing in audio, video and haptic stimuli, to
actuator technologies, to how to such "more than the sum of the
elements" effects of multimodal stimuli are created in a user's

Our guiding hypothesis is that an optimal user experience will be
obtained by careful personalization and optimization (in an intelligent
way) for the experience to be achieved taking into account human
perception. The latter should be based on both general knowledge about
human perception, and on (measured or inferred) knowledge about the
individual user. 

To this end we will plan a number of key lectures on the technologies
employed, the psychological and physiological sensitivities of people
and the algorithms used to optimize the effect of multimodal stimuli.


Symposium Topics


We are especially interested in applications in the field of consumer
health and well-being. Topics we are considering are:

*             Audio, video and haptic stimulation

*             Influence of temporal and spatial patterns of (haptic)

*             Relaxation, easing the mind, comforting

*             Applications of biofeedback

*             Intelligence and  algorithms to optimize the user

*             Interaction paradigms especially suitable for these
application areas



Call for Contributions


Most of the presentations will be on invitation. However, there will be
a limited number of slots that can be filled with presentations and
posters that will be selected by the program committee taking into
account reports by reviewers. Potential presenters are asked to submit a
1 page abstract before April 1. When accepted, a 4-10 page paper has to
be submitted before May 15. Invited and selected papers will appear in a
special symposium proceedings with ISBN/ISSN. Please submit
contributions to [log in to unmask]


Program and Organizing Committee


Anton Nijholt, Human Media Interaction, University of Twente, The

Esko Dijk, Philips Research Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Paul Lemmens, Philips Research Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Scientific Advisers


Dirk Brokken, Philips Research Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Jan van Erp, TNO Human Factors, Soesterberg, The Netherlands

Steven Luitjens, Philips Research Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Administrative/Technical/Financial Support


Hendri Hondorp, Lynn Packwood, & Charlotte Bijron: Human Media
Interaction, University of Twente, The Netherlands

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