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Does Your Computer Know What You're Feeling?

Ben Knapp

Professor, Virginia Tech

Friday, September 25, 2020
11:15pm - 12:30pm
Webinar; Registration Required


This talk will start by covering the overall interdisciplinary work at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology here at Virginia Tech.  Then, I will quickly dive into how we have developed the largest database in the world of music, physiological recordings, and emotion.   I will show what we have learned from the database and how it could inform the area of Affective Computing.  Finally, I will discuss how we can directly incorporate an individual's affective response at part of a context-aware interface.


R. Benjamin Knapp is the Founding Executive Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. For more than 30 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.