Pedro Lopes

Thursday, November 4th, 15:00 – remote

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Pedro Lopes is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Pedro focuses on integrating computer interfaces with the human body—exploring the interface paradigm that supersedes wearable computing. Some of these new integrated-devices include: muscle stimulation wearable that allows users to manipulate tools they have never seen before or that accelerate their reaction time, or a device that leverages the sense of smell to create an illusion of temperature. Pedro’s work has received a number of academic awards, such as four ACM CHI/UIST Best Papers. It also captured the interest of the media, such as New York Times or Wired and was exhibited at Ars Electronica & World Economic Forum. (More:

Keynote title: Integrating interactive devices with the user’s body

The main question that drives my research is: what is the next interface paradigm that supersedes wearable devices? I argue that the new paradigm is one in which interactive devices will integrate with the user’s biological senses and actuators.

This way of engineering devices that intentionally borrow parts of the user’s biology puts forward a new generation of miniaturized devices; allowing us to circumvent traditional physical constraints. For instance, in the case of our devices based on electrical muscle stimulation, they demonstrate how our body-device integration circumvents the constraints imposed by the ratio of electrical power and size of a

Taking this further, we demonstrate how our body-device integration approach allowed us to also miniaturize thermal feedback (hot/cold sensations) without the need for power-hungry thermal devices. We believe that these bodily-integrated devices are the natural succession to wearable interfaces and allow us to investigate how interfaces might connect to our bodies in a more direct and personal way.

Beatriz Sousa Santos


Friday, November 5th, 10:20

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Beatriz Sousa Santos is Associate Professor at the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI/UA), University of Aveiro, Portugal, and a researcher at the Institute of Electronics and Informatics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA). She got a PhD in Electrical Engineering, and “Agregação” in Human-Computer Interfaces at the University of Aveiro; currently her main research interests are Mixed Reality and Visualization. She participated in the organization of several national and international conferences, is co-editor of the Education Department, and member of the editorial board of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, and serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Eurographics Association, as well as chair of the Education Board.

Keynote Title: On Augmented Reality – some recent applications to Industry

Augmented Reality (AR) consists in augmenting the real world with virtual layers of information directly registered to the physical environment. It has developed substantially in recent years, is now used in several areas, and has been considered as a potential paradigm-shift. This presentation will give a brief overview of AR evolution and challenges, and present some recent works in my lab mainly applied to Industry.