Anton Nijholt, HMI, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands & Imagineering Institute, Iskandar, Malaysia.
Anton Nijholt received his PhD in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He held positions at various universities, inside and outside the Netherlands. In 1989 he was appointed full professor at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Presently he is emeritus-professor at the University of Twente and Global Research Fellow at the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia. His main research interests are human-computer interaction with a focus on entertainment computing, affect, humor and brain-computer interfacing. He edited various books, most recently on playful interfaces and brain-computer interaction. Nijholt is Chief Editor of Frontiers in Human-Media Interaction and Springer Book Series Editor of ‘Gaming Media and Social Effects’ and of ‘Computational Social Sciences’.
Carlos Velasco, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway.
Carlos Velasco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing at BI Norwegian Business School (Norway) and a member of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford University (UK). He is also a Fellow of the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight, hosted by Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He holds a D.Phil. in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University. His research focuses on crossmodal perception, in particular, on crossmodal correspondences in marketing communications, multisensory human-computer interaction, and multisensory design. He’s one of the co-founders of Neurosketch (Colombia) and Flying Fish Research (UK, Oxford’s start-up). He has worked with a number of companies from all around the world in topics such as multisensory experience design, food and drink, packaging, branding, and consumer research. See http://carlosvelasco.co.uk/ for more information.
Marianna Obrist, SCHI Lab, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Marianna Obrist is a Reader (equivalent to Associate Professor) at the Department of Informatics, School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex, UK. Marianna is leading the Sussex Computer Human Interaction Lab (SCHI ‘sky’ Lab), a research group dedicated to the investigation of multisensory experiences. The interdisciplinary SCHI Lab team explores tactile, gustatory, and olfactory experiences as novel interaction modalities. This research is mainly supported by a five-year grant from the European Research Council. Before joining Sussex, Marianna was a Marie Curie Fellow at Newcastle University and prior to this an Assistant Professor for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg, Austria. More details on her current work can be found at: http://www.multi-sensory.info
Katsunori Okajima, Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan.
Katsunori Okajima is a professor at the Faculty of Environment and Information Sciences at the Yokohama National University, Japan. He received his PhD in information processing from Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research focuses on human brain information processing, especially vision and crossmodal processing. He uses several engineering technology tools for conducting psycho-physical experiments, such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Image Processing and Machine Learning etc. Recently, he developed a projective-AR system for customizing the appearance and taste of food.
H.N.J. Schifferstein (Rick), Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands.
Rick (H.N.J.) Schifferstein is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on the factors that determine how people perceive and experience products, and how this information can be used to help companies design and produce better products. His topics of interest include (multi)sensory perception, food design, and experience-driven innovation. He contributed to more than 70 papers in international scientific journals, including Acta Psychologica, Food Quality and Preference, Chemical Senses, Materials & Design, and International Journal of Design. He is principal editor of the International Journal of Food Design, and co-editor of the books Food, People and Society (2001), Product Experience (2008), From Floating Wheelchairs to Mobile Car Parks (2011), and Advanced Design Methods for Successful Innovation (2013). With his company Studio ZIN, he facilitates workshops that stimulate the innovative and creative powers of people and organizations.
Charles Spence, Crossmodal Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His research focuses on how a better understanding of the human mind will lead to the better design of multisensory foods, products, interfaces, and environments in the future. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from household products to mobile phones, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live. Charles has published over 500 articles in top-flight scientific journals over the last 15 years. Charles has been awarded the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, most recently, the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, not to mention the 2008 IG Nobel prize for nutrition, for his groundbreaking work on the ‘sonic crisp’.