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Special Seminar: Katherine Mimnaugh, "Bridging the Gap between Human and Machine: Leveraging Psychology and Neuroscience to Improve Immersive Technology"

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Illinois Computer Science
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Apr 24, 2024   10:00 am  
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Computer Science Special Seminar Series


Despite many transformative applications for education, therapeutics, and training, immersive experiences with head-mounted displays continue to cause physical discomfort and to disappoint users, limiting exposure time and application efficacy. This is because the technology is only part of the system; it is imperative to understand the issues that arise on the human side as well. My research addresses this challenge by leveraging methods from psychology, neuroscience, and engineering to evaluate cognitive and physiological responses to immersive technology. In this talk, I will discuss measurement of brain activity with EEG and skin conductance with GSR in the context of understanding the impacts of cybersickness on attention and task performance, as well as the impact of immersion on mood. I will also discuss my research on improving comfort during immersive robotic telepresence and plans for future work.

Katherine Mimnaugh is a doctoral researcher in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Oulu in Finland. She completed her bachelor's and master’s degrees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and worked as a laboratory manager in cognitive neuroscience labs at UIUC for a decade. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on cognition and sensation in immersive technology, as well as comfortable interaction and embodiment in immersive robotic telepresence.

Faculty Host: Brian Bailey

Meeting ID: 857 0662 2329 ; Password: csillinois

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