Virtual and Mixed Reality has gained momentum in the recent years. COVID-19 pandemic has also accentuated this phenomenon as strict constraints in mobility and outdoors activities were in place. In the past, Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) technology more broadly, has been investigated on how it affects people's User Experience (UX) and performance on daily tasks or specialised contexts. Limited research has looked on how VR/MR can be used to support conducting remote research activities. This talk will provide a short introduction on some results and insights generated through research on Multimodality and Synaesthetic-approaches in VR that we have conducted during COVID-19. We utilised a multisensory remote Virtual Environment (VE) approach to bridge the gap between the Virtual and Physical realms and between remoteness and co-location. The talk will present some lessons-learned and implications on conducting and learning from different (and novel) research practices.
About Genovefa Kefalidou: Dr. Genovefa Kefalidou is a Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction and Director of EDI within the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) at the University of Leicester. Her research focuses on User Experience (UX), Design and Evaluation of Cognitive Systems, Intelligent Service Design and Human-Data Interaction. Her research is applied in Transport and Healthcare and has a particular focus on designing novel intelligent personalised decision-support systems utilising Ambient Intelligence (AmI) and Mixed –Reality technologies that explore novel 'human-in-the-loop' approaches for optimisation, enhanced UX and performance of AI-based systems and services. She is a Co-I and member of the Management Board of the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) Verifiability Node (https://verifiability.org/) where she looks on how trust enhances verifiable Autonomous Systems (AS) and service acceptance. She is also the Athena SWAN Lead and Ethics Officer at CMS.
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