Presentations – Exhibitions

Emotionally engaging with the distant past: The EMOTIVE Project and cultural heritage stories that make us feel

Sara Perry, University of York 

International workshop “New technologies and intangible cultural heritage”, XXVI International Festival of Ethnological Film Belgrade, Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, Serbia, 12 October 2017

 

 

 

 


 

Explorathon – Researchers’ Night Scotland

During the Explorathon – Researchers’ Night Scotland, the visitors to the Hunterian’s Antonine Wall were testing and trying out new digital stories and learning about the EMOTIVE research, museum objects and Roman history. The visitors also participated in the story-design process assisting researchers in the development of digital storytelling techniques.

University of Glasgow team.

Read more about the event here.

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 29 September 2017

Explorathon – Researchers’ Night Scotland

 


 

Researchers’ Night Greece

The EMOTIVE project was showcased during the Researcher’s Night in Athens on Friday September 29, 2017 at the main Researchers Night venue Hellenic Cosmos, Pireos 254.

Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies (Greece) team

Read more about the Researchers’ Night Greece here.

 


 

Stuff and Knowledge: the future of teaching and learning in University Museums

Maria Economou, University of Glasgow

University Museums Group Conference 2017, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, 11 September 2017

 

 


 

Generating Universal Human Values at UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Sara Perry, University of York

EAA 23rd Annual Meeting, Maastricht, the Netherlands, 30 August – 3 September 2017

ABSTRACT

UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) are premised upon so-called ‘universal’ value—a concept which presumes some form of connection between all human beings across time and space. In other words, we are collectively meant to recognise these sites as part of ‘our’ world, and as important to the whole of humanity. Whether or not one agrees with such an essentialising approach, I would argue that critiques against it have eclipsed efforts to empirically probe its validity. Here I discuss collaborative endeavours at a series of WHS’s across Europe, Turkey and Egypt to explore the nature of these universals via innovation in emotionally-resonant heritage interpretation. My teams and I are driven by the question of whether such sites might genuinely be turned into places where the world comes to meet, know and understand one another through evocative forms of presentation. Whilst reviewing the many difficulties we have confronted in responding to the subject, this talk aims to hint at the promise of emotions-driven interpretation at heritage sites for bettering and fostering lasting, positive relationships in the present between people — friends and strangers, locals and foreigners, in-person and online visitors — around the globe

 


 

Accommodation and Comfort in Head-Mounted Displays

George-Alex Koulieris, Bee Bui, Martin S. Banks, George Drettakis
 
SIGGRAPH, the 44th International Conference & Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Los Angeles, United States, 30 July – 3 August 2017
 
ABSTRACT
Head-mounted displays (HMDs) often cause discomfort and even nausea. Improving comfort is therefore one of the most significant challenges for the design of such systems. In this paper, we evaluate the effect of different HMD display configurations on discomfort. We do this by designing a device to measure human visual behavior and evaluate viewer comfort. In particular, we focus on one known source of discomfort: the vergence-accommodation (VA) conflict. The VA conflict is the difference between accommodative and vergence response. In HMDs the eyes accommodate to a fixed screen distance while they converge to the simulated distance of the object of interest, requiring the viewer to undo the neural coupling between the two responses. Several methods have been proposed to alleviate the VA conflict, including Depth-of-Field (DoF) rendering, focus-adjustable lenses, and monovision. However, no previous work has investigated whether these solutions actually drive accommodation to the distance of the simulated object. If they did, the VA conflict would disappear, and we expect comfort to improve. We design the first device that allows us to measure accommodation in HMDs, and we use it to obtain accommodation measurements and to conduct a discomfort study. The results of the first experiment demonstrate that only the focus-adjustable-lens design drives accommodation effectively, while other solutions do not drive accommodation to the simulated distance and thus do not resolve the VA conflict. The second experiment measures discomfort. The results validate that the focus-adjustable-lens design improves comfort significantly more than the other solutions.
 
Read full paper published in ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Conference Proceedings), Volume 36, Number 4, page 11 – July 2017

 

Emotive Virtual Cultural Experiences through Personalised Storytelling

Maria Economou, University of Glasgow

XVIII UNIVERSEUM Network Meeting, Belgrade, Serbia, 8-10 June 2017

 


 

A digital storytelling application for the University of Athens’ History Museum

Akrivi Katifori, “ATHENA” Research Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies

Digital Tools and Cultural Management event, the Greek Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Athens, Greece, 26 May 2017. 

Watch the video here.

 


 

Designing for the emotive engagement of visitors of cultural sites via storytelling

Maria Roussou, “ATHENA” Research Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies

 

Digital Tools and Cultural Management event, the Greek Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Athens, Greece, 26 May 2017. 

Watch the video here.

 


 

Engaging Visitors of Archeological Sites through ‘EMOTIVE’ Storytelling Experiences

Maria Roussou, “ATHENA” Research Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies

KAINUA 2017, International conference on Knowledge, Analysis and Innovative Methods for the study and the dissemination of Ancient Urban areas, Bologna, Italy, 18-27 April 2017