Head of the Lab
Marianna is a Reader (Multisensory Experiences) in the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex. She leads the SCHI Lab - Sussex Computer Human Interaction Lab established within the School of Engineering and Informatics, as part of the Creative Technology Research group. Before joining Sussex, she was a Marie Curie Fellow at Newcastle University and prior to this an Assistant Professor for Human-Computer Interaction and Usability at the University of Salzburg. Her vision and ambition is to gain a rich and integrated understanding on peoples’ tactile, gustatory, and olfactory experiences in order to provide designers and developers with the ability to create truly compelling multisensory experiences and novel interactions with technology.
Chi Thanh Vi
Chi joined the SCHI Lab in July 2015 as a Research Fellow in Multisensory Experiences. He received his PhD in Computer Science in 2014 and MSc in Advance Computing: Internet Technologies with Security in 2008, both from University of Bristol, UK. He received his BSc in Electronics and Telecommunications at Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam in 2006. His research interest falls into the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) multidisciplinary domain, where there is a cross feeding between Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Psychology. More specifically, he is interested in using different brain sensing methods (for example EEG and fMRI) to understand the neural basis of different user states and investigating how it can benefit to HCI users.
Elia is a post doctorate fellow in Multisensory Experiences and part of the staff working at the SCHI Lab since September 2015. He received a PhD in Design in 2014, a MSc in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics in 2015, another MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2010, and a bachelor in psychology in 2008. He was visiting researcher at the University of Oxford, ETH in Zurich, and Oslo Business school. He worked as research intern at Oculus Research, WA. His research at the SCHI lab focuses on applying insights from psychophysics and computational neurosciences to HCI. He is particularly interested in emotion communication through simple sensory stimuli and object perception in virtual reality. He works in collaboration with University of Birmingham, UK, and Oculus research, WA. His favorite color is blue.
Emanuela joined the SCHI Lab in February 2016 and is working on multisensory perception. She is passionate about olfaction and the design of olfactory interfaces. She received a PhD in Social, Cognitive, and Clinical Psychology in 2015, a MSc in Organizational Psychology and Consumer Behaviours (“Psychology of Thinking and Decisional Processes”) in 2009, and a bachelor in Psychology of Communication in 2007. She was visiting researcher at the University of Oxford and UCL. She is interested in understanding how multisensory interactions/experiences, with particular attention to olfactory stimulations, affect emotions and decision-making process from both theoretical and practical perspectives, using behavioral and physiological based methodologies. Recently, her research focuses on investigating the presence of multisensory interactions in people’s perception of food and beverage, collaborating with the University of Milano-Bicocca.
Damien joined SCHI Lab as a PhD student in November 2015, working on the integration of Touch and Taste in interactive media. He obtained his MSc in Human-Computer Interactions and Computer Sciences in September 2015 and his BSc in Computer Sciences in 2012, both from the University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III – France). During his MSc, he joined SCHI Lab from March to August 2015 as an intern. During this time he worked on the Exploration of Haptic Experience. Specifically, he explored mid-air haptic integration to movies and involved in the Tate Sensorium
. For his PhD, Damien is working on a new way to integrate senses into interactive media. He also investigates related problems such as the impact of senses on human, as well as synchronization or embodiment of senses in HCI.
Dario Pittera joined the SCHI Lab in October 2015 as a PhD student in Emotions and embodiment mediated through mid-air haptics. He received his MSc in Clinical psychology, developmental psychology and neuropsychology in 2014 and his BSc in Communication and psychology in 2011, both from the Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Birmingham (2014) and he previously worked as a neuropsychologist trainee at the Ospedale Policlinico di Milano (2013). Here at the SCHI lab, he is interested in finding new ways to deliver emotions through mid-air haptics, or tactile feedback and to study the embodiment in combination with mid-air haptic devices in VR and multimedia.
Dmitrijs joined the SCHI Lab in October 2015 as a PhD student working on Olfactory Interaction in Automotive Context. He received his MSc in Visual Computing from the University of Rostock, Germany (2010) and BEng in Computer Science from the Riga Technical University, Latvia (2007). In addition to his studies he has participated in courses on 3D Computer Graphics, Interaction Design and Game Development in Spain, Denmark and Greece. He started his professional career with an internship on Augmented Reality at Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology in Germany (2011). Before coming to Sussex he was employed in the German automotive industry with his core duties lying in the field of Software Development for VW and Audi. At the SCHI Lab he is combining his passion in HMI with his automotive experience to develop a novel interaction approach to be applied in modern vehicles.
Rob joined the SCHI team as a software developer in February 2017, having received a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Sussex in July 2016. Rob is passionate about virtual reality technologies and video games. His work in the SCHI team is focused towards the standardisation of olfactory interfaces and their influence on people in the automotive and VR sectors. His favourite number is 11.
J. Luis Berna Moya
Luis joined the SCHI team as a research technician in October 2015, having received a BSc in electrical/ electronic engineering from Sussex University in July 2015. With a passion for electronics and building embedded devices. Recently he rediscovered electronics by applying them to HCI building test devices in the SCHI team. Luis has an extensive background in the power distribution industry from his native country of Spain as well as auto-mechanical engineering.
Visiting Reasearch Fellow
Carlos was a visiting research fellow at the SCHI Lab from February to April 2015 and rejoined again in April 2017. He has a special research interest in taste/flavour-vision correspondences and their applications to multisensory experience design. He successfully completed his PhD at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory
, Department of Experimental Psychology, at the University of Oxford in spring 2015. See more information on his website
Elena is a visiting fellow at the SCHI Lab from July 2016 to September 2016 investigating the communication and mediation of emotions through different sensory modalities (e.g., vision, audition and touch). She received a PhD in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience in 2016, a MSc in Clinical Psychology, Developmental and Neuropsychology (with specialism in Neuropsychology of adults and elderly people) in 2010, and a bachelor in Psychology 2008. She was a visiting researcher at Birkbeck, University of London. She is interested in neuropsychology (in particular unilateral spatial neglect), spatial and bodily representations and their link with physiological parameters, and touch perception.
Afia joined us in July 2016 to explore the electrophysiology of awe-filled experiences with relevance to the field of Human Computer Interaction. Prior to joining Sussex, she designed and developed an online Peer Assisted Learning programme (University of Leicester), worked on several research projects in the areas of neuroscience and neuropsychology (University of Birmingham) whilst also mentoring students with Mental Health & Learning Disabilities in Higher education. Afia has a M.Res in Cognitive Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation (2010). Her primary interest is in sensory motor neuroscience and rehabilitation of movement disorders using interactive technology.
Olivia was a visiting fellow at the SCHI Lab from October 2015 to February 2016 investigating the interaction opportunities around smell. She has a professional background in the fragrance industry in New York and Sao Paulo. Her experience spans from working with global fmcg companies such as Johnsons, Beiersdorf, Unilever, Victoria’s Secret, to niche luxury brands as well as in house at Natura in Brazil. Throughout the years she has also worked with perfumer Christophe Laudamiel on projects including scent experiences for the World Economic Forum, Harvard University and Weizmann Institute of Science. Her interest lies in odor delivery and detection applications that impact perception and behavior change. She holds a BA from Parsons School of Design in New York.
Carly joined the SCHI Lab in April 2015 for a six-month industry project exploring the future of olfactory interfaces for the automotive context. She holds a degree in Theatre Studies from Bath Spa University. Carly produces research showcase films and design fictions. Examples of her previous films on multi-sensory experience research can be found here