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i_mBODY Lab

Interactive Multisensory Body-centred Experiences
at the Intersection of Neuroscience & Technology

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What is i_mBODY Lab

At the i_mBODY Lab we conduct multidisciplinary research at the intersection of the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering. We investigate how to design novel sensorial and body-centred technologies that change people’s perceptions of their own body and the world, as well as their interactions and emotions. We aim to inform solutions to support people’s needs and for behaviour change in real life contexts. Apart from the focus on real-life applications, the novel sensorial and body-centred technologies that we develop become a research tool for investigating how emotional and multisensory processes shape perception.

i_mBODY Lab is part of the DEI Interactive Systems Group at UC3M.

our work is informed by and informs cognitive neuroscience research on multisensory perception and body perception. How do our brains integrate the different sensory signals to form perceptions of one’s body appearance and capabilities?

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through a variety of instruments and sensors we collect data on changes in people’s perceptions, behaviors and emotions. We research novel models and algorithms to connect the changes across dimensions and to sensory signals. 

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we design sensorial, interactive and wearable prototypes. Our user-centred design methodology involves embodied design explorations with stakeholders and designers, fast-prototyping techniques and user tests in the lab and in real-life.

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we take research outside the lab to real-life contexts including medical contexts, people’s homes or workplace. We work with somatic practitioners and with various populations.

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BODYinTRANSIT

BODYinTRANSIT

Sensory-driven Body Transformation Experiences On-the-move.
2022-2026

BODYinTRANSIT is a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 101002711). It was selected as 1 of the 8 ERC Consolidator Grant project examples 2020.

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MAGIC outFIT

Changing body perception through wearable technology and sensory feedback to promote emotional and physical health.
2020-2023

MAGIC outfit is a research project funded by the Spanish Agencia Estatal de Investigación and the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Grant PID2019-105579RB-I00).

About Us

We are a multidisciplinary research team with members and collaborators with a broad variety of backgrounds in computer science, psychology, neuroscience, interaction design, philosophy, ethics and the arts. We collaborate with medical centers, dance and music centers, creative studios and arts and technology projects. We welcome visiting researchers, designers and artists who are interested in multisensory bodily experiences and interactive technologies.

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