CBB-GI Seminar: John Muñoz - Physiological sensing in games and VR

Friday, August 17, 2018 11:00 am - 11:00 am EDT (GMT -04:00)


Overall, physiological sensing has been extensively used as a passive technique to record human responses while interacting with videogames and VR applications. However, those signals have been also utilized either to extend the communication pathways for interfacing the nervous system with the virtual environments or to augment the interaction by means of modulating game variables in response to any detected human state (biocybernetic adaptation). For instance, cardio-adaptive exercise games (Exergames) can use real-time heart rate measurements to persuade older players to exert in recommended levels, thus avoiding risks and maximizing exercise benefits. In this talk, we will discuss the use of physiological sensing from a game-user research perspective, moving towards a more active use of it as input into games and VR applications and showing biocybernetic systems that augment exercise, rehab and neuro-rehab activities based on serious games for health.

PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction at NeuroRehabLab in the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal. He has been studying the use of physiological signals to foster health benefits while interacting with serious games. He has designed and co-developed a dozen videogames interfaced with physiological sensors such as brain-computer interfaces (BCI), heart rate monitors, depth cams, and wearable electromyography armbands as well as a set of software tools that to promote the synergy between physiological computing and gaming. . He will join the Intelligent Technologies for Wellness and Independent Living Lab at the University of Waterloo as a postdoctoral researcher at the end of 2018