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Feb 11 2022

2/11 – Vesna D. Novak, University of Cincinnati

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

February 11, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Chicago, IL

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Speaker: Vesna D. Novak, PhD

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Cincinnati

Title: Enhancing Interpersonal Interaction using Psychophysiological Measurements

Psychophysiological measurements are recordings of the human body’s reactions to psychological states: for example, increased sweating due to mental stress. Since such measurements can be taken unobtrusively and automatically, they can be used to dynamically improve human-machine interaction. For example, an intelligent car can use them to detect driver drowsiness, and a computer game can use them to detect player boredom. While such techniques have generally been used in single-user scenarios, they could also be expanded to scenarios involving interpersonal collaboration, communication, and competition. In such scenarios, humans are known to exhibit physiological synchronization (e.g., subconsciously matching each other’s respiration rates), which can be analyzed as an additional, rich source of information. This presentation will thus discuss our work on psychophysiological measurements in competitive exercises and conversation scenarios. It will conclude with a discussion of the challenges involved in demonstrating the practical usefulness of such technologies.


UIC Biomedical Engineering

Date posted

Jan 13, 2022

Date updated

Feb 1, 2022