Paper “Can you help me move this over there?: training children with ASD to joint action through tangible interaction and virtual agent” has been accepted for publication at 15th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction in Salzburg, Austria, February 14-17, 2021 :-)

[ Conference, TEI 2021, Salzburg, Austria ]

Tom Giraud, Brian Ravenet, Chi Tai Dang, Jacqueline Nadel, Elise Prigent, Gael Poli, 
Elisabeth André, Jean-claude Martin, "Can you help me move this over there?": 
training children with ASD to joint action through tangible interaction and virtual 
agent, TEI 2021, Proceedings of the 15th ACM International Conference on 
Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2021) (Salzburg, Austria). 
ACM

New technologies for autism focus on the training of either social skills or motor skills, but not both. Such a dichotomy omits a wide range of joint action tasks that require the coordination of two persons (e.g. moving a heavy furniture). The training of these physical tasks performed in dyad has great potential to foster inclusiveness while having an impact on both social and motor skills. In this paper, we present the design of a tangible and virtual interactive system for the training of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in performing joint actions …

Paper “PiHearts: Resonating Experiences of Self and Others Enabled by a Tangible Somaesthetic Design” has been accepted for publication at the 22nd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction in Utrecht, the Netherlands, October 25-29, 2020 :-)

[ Conference, ICMI 2020, Utrecht, the Netherlands ]

Ilhan Aslan, Andreas Seiderer, Chi Tai Dang, Simon Raedler, Elisabeth André, 
PiHearts: Resonating Experiences of Self and Others Enabled by a Tangible 
Somaesthetic Design, ICMI 2020, Proceedings of the 22nd ACM International 
Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2020) (Utrecht, the Netherlands). 
ACM

A human’s heart beating can be sensed by sensors and displayed for others to see, hear, feel, and (what we want to argue) potentially “resonate” with. Previous work in studying interaction designs with physiological data, such as a heart’s pulse rate, have argued that feeding it back to the users may, for example support users’ mindfulness and self-awareness during various everyday activities and ultimately support their health and wellbeing. Inspired by Somaesthetics as a discipline, we designed and explored multimodal displays, which enable experiencing heart beats as natural stimuli from oneself and others in social proximity …

EAI GOODTECHS 2020 - 6th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good

Paper “Exploring Ambient Air Quality Notifications for Smart Rooms” has been accepted for publication at the 6th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good (GoodTech 2020) in Antwerp, Belgium, Sep. 2020 :-)

[ Conference, GoodTech 2020, Antwerp, Belgium ]
[ DOI ]
[ PDF (Opus Uni Augsburg) ]
[ ACM ]
[ Accepted Papers ]

Chi Tai Dang, Ilhan Aslan, Andreas Seiderer, Elisabeth André, Exploring Ambient
Air Quality Notifications for Smart Rooms, GoodTech 2020, Proceedings of 
the 6th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for 
Social Good (GoodTech 2020) (Antwerp, Belgium). ACM

Many regular meeting participants know the atmosphere of a meeting in a closed room when the air becomes stifling and uncomfortable. With increased concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), the cognitive performance of participants can also suffer as a result. Therefore, it makes sense to retrofit such meeting rooms with smarthome technology to improve the air quality. However, existing meeting rooms often do not have built-in ventilation systems …

23rd International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue

Paper “Synthesising Expressive Speech – Which Synthesiser for VOCAs?” has been accepted for publication at the 23rd International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue” in Brno, Czech Republic, Sep. 2020 :-)

[ Conference, TSD 2020, Brno, Czech Republic ]
[ DOI ]
[ Springer ]
[ Program ]

Jan-Oliver Wuelfing, Chi Tai Dang, Elisabeth André, Synthesising Expressive
Speech - Which Synthesiser for VOCAs?, TSD 2020, Proceedings of the 23rd 
International Conference  on Text, Speech and Dialogue (TSD 2020)
(Brno, Czech Republic). Springer

In the context of people with complex communication needs who depend on Voice Output Communication Aids, the ability of speech synthesisers to convey not only sentences, but also emotions would be a great enrichment. The latter is essential and very natural in interpersonal speech communication. Hence, we are interested in the expressiveness of speech synthesisers and their perception. We present the results of a study in which 82 participants listened to different synthesised sentences with different emotional contours from three synthesisers…