The advent of numerous digital technologies/devices has a profound impact on how people interact with each other, with their technologically enhanced context, and with increasingly interactive content. Technological advances also create new interaction paradigms (e.g. VR), or allow measuring interaction at unprecedented precision. This has led to an emerging field of interdisciplinary research that could be coined ‘interaction science’.
As a joint effort, Ghent University research groups IPEM, mict, and IDLab are establishing a leading high-tech and top-notch research facility for interaction science, located at De Krook in Ghent, Belgium. The infrastructure, recently co-funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), forms the cornerstone of the “Interaction Lab”, integrating 3D audio, immersive visualization facilities aiming at full 6DoF VR, accurate full-room multi-person full-body motion tracking, eye tracking and on-body biosensors, and an elaborate computing back-end with network provisioning for the integration of wireless wearables and IoT devices.
This Lab will allow to
- develop next-generation technologies to capture and (re)create real-life environments into a controlled and immersive lab environment using AR/VR/MR/XR paradigms;
- perform groundbreaking research targeting fundamentally new methodologies and tools to measure, analyze, and model all interactions between users, content, technology, and the
context itself, in order to explore, better understand, enhance, and even predict human interaction, experience, and interpretation in a diversity of domains and disciplines.
More detailed information can be found on the Art & Science Interaction Lab page.