Tracking as exertion measure in IJHCS

Our paper on tracking players to estimate their exertion has been published in IJHCS. This is work by Alejandro Moreno, together with Dirk Heylen and Jenny L. Gibson. We demonstrate that unobtrusive tracking, in the context of interactive play, can be readily used as a group measure for exertion. This shows promise for real-time adaptation of game mechanics, to keep exertion within a desirable range.2019_ijhcs_exertion


Two seed money projects awarded

Two project proposals of my colleagues and I have been selected for the Research IT innovation fund 2019 of Utrecht University. VIABLE (PI: Ronald Poppe, co-applicants Chantal Kemner, Maja Dekovic, Albert Ali Salah, Chris Dijkerman, Jorg Huijding) will address the development of tools for the automated analysis of parent-child interactions.

DEEP (PI: Marco Helbich, co-applicants: Daniel Oberski, Ronald Poppe) addresses the automated detection of green zones from street view data using CNNs.

It will be great to work on these novel topics that present many opportunities for further research and development.

BBC documentary “A Week Without Lying”

Wednesday August 29, 21:00 GMT, the documentary “A week without lying – The honesty experiment” will be broadcast on BBC2 as part of the Horizon series. Thanks to the wonderful people at Thoroughly Modern Media for squeezing all that science and insights in just one hour!


But don’t take our word for it that it is enjoyable. It was selected as one of the highlights to watch this week by the Sunday Times. Here are the media reports from AD, RTL Nieuws and Utrecht University website.

Cathexis: Truth on Trial

Thinking outside or inside the box? In the Cathexis project, we combine some of my research passions: analyzing human behavior and deception detection, all in a playful manner. But when technology meets live, interactive performance, many challenges need to be overcome. After residencies in Utrecht, Paris, Louvain-la-Neuve, Avignon, Brussels and Belgrade, we return to Sarajevo for the Mess festival in October this year.