Brain-Computer & Affective Interfaces

Introduction

This special session will focus on emerging Brain & Affective computer interfaces for AR/VR and Immersive environments and applications within the scope of Games and Interactive media technologies.

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Session’s Chair

Prof. Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Full Professor of Inclusive Design at University College Dublin, where she directs SMARTlab and the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland at UCD, and is an Executive Board member of the Innovation. For UCD she directs the INCLUDE (Inclusive Design Engineering) AR/VR Future Impact Labs Project with industry, focusing on the implementation of diversity, access and inclusion initiatives and educational and pedagogic strategy globally, and also serves as Academic Chair and co-PI on the Marie Curie ASSISTID Programme (Assistive Technology for People with Intellectual Disabilities/Autism) for the DOCTRID Research Institute and Respect: the first top tier research institute bridging the Republic and Northern Ireland. Also on behalf of UCD and the national universities network, she was elected to Chair the Social Sciences Panel of the Royal Irish Academy in 2012, and chaired the Board of Judges and Evaluators for the European Commission’s HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) competitive funding calls in 2013-14. She is Vice President of the IEEE VSMM (Virtual Systems and Multimedia) Conference.
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Previously, she was Director of Research for Futurelab – Lord David Puttnam’s thinktank for the future of education in the UK- and served in that capacity on the Prime Minister’s SHINE Panel to help select and support gifted creatives of all ages, across all disciplines.
In 2008, she was awarded the top industry prizes for Best Woman in the Academic and Public Sectors, and Outstanding Woman in Technology by Blackberry Rim. Most recently, she was selected by a global panel of industry, academic and NGO experts as one of the CSR Global Top 50 Most Talented Social Innovators: awarded in Mumbai in February 2015. Back in 2003, Lifetime TV broadcast a tribute Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service to Women and Children for her work on SafetyNET, announced by billboard in Times Square. She came third nationally in the recent Global Enterprise Awards for Ireland, for her work in setting up and running virtual campuses and virtual training centres for learners of all levels of ability around the world using bespoke creative technology tools informed by visual arts, performance arts and design applied to the assistive technology sector.
Originally trained as an artist and performance practitioner in theatre, design and multimedia screen direction, and having earned several degrees in those creative fields, she later went on to apply her knowledge of the Arts and Design to the field of STEAM education. she is well known as an expert in Inclusive Learning and Assistive Technologies to support inclusive communication and learning for all, as well as in interdisciplinary Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, with a focus on Art-Technology initiatives including STEAM challenges as they impact on the lives of diverse communities, globally.
She and her SMARTlab team have developed numerous creative educational technology tools and convergent media solutions to the challenges of teaching and learning across all disciplines, using the Arts and Design to inform and connect people and projects in preparation for the next wave of creative/cultural models and jobs of the future. This work supports a diverse and rapidly changing demographic addressing the challenges of learning and defining moments of cultural and personal or community meaning in the 21st century, for people of all ages and levels of ability.
Email: lizbeth.goodman@ucd.ie
Peter Corcoran is a Fellow of IEEE, past Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine and a Professor at NUI Galway. His research interests include biometrics, imaging, deep learning, edge-AI and consumer electronics. He is co-author on 350+ technical publications and co-inventor on more than 300 granted US patents. In addition to his academic career, he is an occasional entrepreneur, industry consultant and compulsive inventor.
Email: peter.corcoran@nuigalway.ie
Dr. Aviva Cohen is an ASSISTID/Marie Curie post-doctoral research fellow based in SMARTlab, University College Dublin. Aviva is developing assistive technologies and educational programs that support ageing caregivers to plan the future of love ones with intellectual disability, autism and complex needs. Her project includes an app to facilitate the transfer of care, a multimedia training course and a communication tool that includes haptic garments and augmented reality.
In 1994, Aviva began lecturing in Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Communications Theory. She combined her academic work with a career as a Senior Communications Consultant, working with both public sector and private sector clients. In 2006, a family member survived a stroke.
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This motivated her to create projects to support those living with severe disabilities. In 2008, Aviva launched the Research & Hope website. This explains clinically tested but non-standard treatments for stroke. In 2011 Aviva founded Neuro Hero Ltd. to develop low cost therapeutic and educational apps for people with severe speech and language difficulties.
Aviva completed her doctoral thesis in 1999: The Influence of Franz Brentano's Intentionality Thesis on the Psychoanalytic Writings of Sigmund Freud. It includes research into philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychology and the history of psychiatry. This research provided insights into psychological and cognitive functioning that informs her current research.