Using wearables and theatre to study the social brain.
Dr Jamie A Ward
Measuring detailed information on how people move, see, and think during realistic social situations can be a powerful method in studying social behaviour and cognition. However, measurement-driven research can be limited by the available technology, with bulky equipment and rigid constraints often confining such work to the laboratory, thus limiting the ecological validity of any findings. Together with colleagues at Goldsmiths, UCL, and Keio University, I have been working on several projects that use wearable sensing to take this research out of the laboratory and into the real world -- while on the way, stopping off at the theatre. In this talk, I will give a brief overview of some of our work, and try to show how the paradigm of 'theatre as a laboratory', might provide a way forward, both for research in social cognition, and in wearable sensing.
is a lecturer at the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London. He received his Ph.D. in electronics from ETH Zurich, where he developed some of the first uses of multi-modal, wearable sensing for human activity recognition. He continued this work as a Marie Curie Research Fellow in Computing at Lancaster University, and later as a postdoc at DFKI Germany, and the UCL Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience. In between these posts he retrained and worked as an actor. His work centres around the convergence of technology, neuroscience, theatre, and autism. For more details, see www.jamieward.net
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