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New IALab Tutor: Choreographer Alexander Whitley

September 20, 2017 |

We’re announcing a number of new tutors joining our Masters in Design for Performance and Interaction this week. First up, Choreographer Alexander Whitley is not only an internationally recognised performance artist, but also a passionately anti-disciplinary practitioner. He often collaborates with digital artists, … Read More


September 19, 2017 |

Bio-sensing is becoming ubiquitous. Our biometric information such as heart rate and galvanic skin response data can be easily detected and recorded in many ways including using a smartphone or a wristband. This information usually serves as an estimation of one’s … Read More

Aposema: Soft Robotic Mask

September 19, 2017 |

Aposema is a speculation of a near future scenario in which our ability to empathise with our fellow humans is impaired. We are no longer able to process each other’s facial expressions. This reality has forced us … Read More

Skin Colouration in Silicone Wearables

September 19, 2017 |

According to Witzany (Witzany, 2014) communication between organisms in all domains, from bacteria and fungi, to mammals, including humans, is necessary in order to coexist. In all the kingdoms of life, no coordination or organisation is to be … Read More

Aposema: Identity Altering Face Prosthesis

September 18, 2017 |

Technology is playing a growing role in extending our physical senses and abilities, constantly modifying and deforming our bodies. One of the oldest examples of body extensions is clothing. An ancient technology developed for protection, that with time … Read More

Interactive Dramaturgy for Chinese Kunqu Opera “The Peony Pavilion”

September 18, 2017 |


This thesis proposes a new form of theatre using the design of a spatial interactive installation that will assess the relationship between performance, space and audience, thereby providing the audience with a thoroughly immersive experience. Through the use … Read More

The Reciprocal Relation of Semiotic Architectural Space and Semiotic Filmic Space

September 17, 2017 |

This paper explores the semiotic link between architectural spaces and film spaces in order to find new methods of designing in the real world.  There are many elements in which architecture and film overlap such as space, movement, visuals, etc. … Read More

Challenges of Mixed Reality Project Development

September 17, 2017 |

As David H. Jonassen wrote in his book (Learning to solve problems: An instructional design guide) [1], the two most critical attributes of a question are how the problem should be defined and what is the value in solving it. … Read More

Changing Spatial Boundaries.

September 17, 2017 |

“Augmented reality will not only change the way architects work but also how we use the space,” says architect Greg Lynn (2016). The physical space can be transformed by overlaying digital information provided by a Head Mounted Display … Read More

A wearable soft robot with variable material distribution

September 16, 2017 |

As the development of robotics continues to expand beyond manufacturing and industrial automation and into the domain of cooperative human assistance and healthcare, traditional rigid-body robots are limited through their inadequacies in interacting with humans and their capability to adapt … Read More

Giving character to space generated by redirected Walking

September 15, 2017 |

Virtual Reality, as an emerging medium, has been explored in a variety of ways. Researchers have come up with their own interpretations of Virtual Realities that include the Mixed Reality, Unreality, Virtual Reality, etc. Nevertheless, neither differentiating … Read More

The Role of Intuition in Designing Human-Robot Interfaces

September 14, 2017 |

“I can’t define a robot, but I know one when I see one.” [1]

More than a century ago, in 1898, Nikola Tesla first made use of radio signals to remotely control a miniature boat in … Read More

Preternatural Speech

September 14, 2017 |

In one of the post Kant philosophy which is called Object Oriented Ontology, Graham Harmer reveals an alternative perspective towards the world where all the objects are equal and may all have their own consciousness. In 2017, Facebook AI bot … Read More

The rhythms of Light and The Visualization of time

September 13, 2017 |

 The Time Dimension of Space

Architecture is history written in stone. The history of architecture reflects the development and progress of human civilization. In his novel THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, the French writer Victor Marie Hugo (1865) states, “From … Read More

Negotiating Real and Unreal Experiences of Light

September 12, 2017 |

Because of the charming, interesting and colorful effects that can be generated by light, there has been a long history of developing research on light, trying to find ways to first define it and explore it further. Reflection, refraction, and … Read More

Digital Animism: Through Looking at the Meaning within Noise

September 12, 2017 |

Ever since the most ancient of times, the concept of animism has followed the belief that things, from inanimate objects to landforms, have spirits residing inside of them, for example, a god of the mountain, a god of the … Read More

Kinetic Feedback between Performing User and Performing Machine

September 11, 2017 |

In interactive architecture, kinetic performance and actuators play an important role. The first consideration is how to propel the kinetic structure and subsequently evaluate the movement once it is in motion. The aim of this thesis is to … Read More

Detecting human facial expression by common computer vision techniques

September 10, 2017 |

Today anyone can purchase technology that can measure, quantify, and record human biometric data. Wearable or portable sensors like ‘Fibit’ detect and track heart rates, steps taken, glucose levels, water quality, genomes, microbiomes and turn them into electronic data [1]. … Read More