Week 1_ Lab
    12.02.15 to 15.02.15


    What do your emotions look like?

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    Interested in the world of visualising your digital self? Want to see how you emotionally engage with experiences? Then come and try out a range of Sensum tools for capturing conscious and unconscious responses, using wireless sensors, mobile devices and cloud-based technology and ask all the questions you can!

    Visitors can test Sensum’s tools to measure conscious and emotional responses to experiences, from media engagement to a digital diary device. These are real-time touch and feel interactions where a user puts on a sensor or tries out an app, with responses being displayed in a cloud-based dashboard for review. This residency will explore Sensum products, the space of wearables and biometrics capture, along with the methods of capturing emotional understanding.

    You can drop into the Lab any time to chat with Sensum, or check out one of their scheduled workshops here.

    Starting out as a production company, Sensum produced the world's first emotional response horror film, which premiered in SXSW in 2011. They've also presented at the biomusic/bioart event MU. From this they developed a specialist understanding of how to use various wearable and mobile tools to collect physical and emotional data for market research and bespoke PR events.

    Supported by Irish Design 2015.

  • Your SOCIAL MEDIA Self

    Week 2_ Lab
    17.02.15 to 22.02.15

    Kevin Koidl & Parsa Ghaffari — TCD Computer Science and Aylien

    How much of your data is out there? And who owns it?

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    This Lab will address the topics of social media usage, privacy, cognitive science and intelligence, along with artificial intelligence. Kevin and Parsa would like to collect information that allows the visitor to get insight in their usage of social media. They feel that in the future data about the individual will become richer and more intrusive (such as smart home collected data). Who owns this data? How can it be used? They think these questions will need to be addressed and governed.

    On a higher level, they're interested in how society may transform when it becomes more and more transparent and to see what happens if someone can’t cheat or lie anymore because the truth is recorded somewhere. Some of their work germinated from a research background and work on the startup

    You can drop into the Lab any time to chat with ADAPT and AYLIEN, or check out one of their scheduled workshops here.

    Supported by Irish Design 2015.

  • Your DIGITAL MEMORY self

    Week 3_ Lab
    24.02.15 to 01.03.15

    Cathal Gurrin & Rami Albatel

    How do you create memories from sensors and images? 

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    Visitors are encouraged to drop into the Lab to meet Rami and Cathal who will be shipping out of the Insight Centre in DCU to conduct and communicate their research at LIFELOGGING for the week. Learn about their work creating digital and external memories from sensors and images, and how they are teaching technology to recognise objects. Visitors will get the opportunity to test and explore a variety of devices and data visualisations.

    You can drop into the Lab any time to chat with Cathal and Rami, or check out one of their scheduled workshop here.

    For Cathal and Rami, all data has the potential to be useful. They are funded investigators at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and long term lifeloggers. Cathal’s research interests include lifelogging, creating search engines of the self and information retrieval. He has gathered a digital memory since 2006 with over 15 million wearable camera images and sensor readings. He says “In my lifelogging, I capture as much as I can, because every piece of data has the potential to be important at some point in the future.” Rami is also interested in lifelogging, image processing, machine learning and visual classification.

    See Cathal's Colour of Life Wall in the main gallery.

    Supported by Irish Design 2015.


    Week 4_ Lab
    03.03.15 to 08.03.15

    Graham Healy — Insight

    Can you sort files using only your thoughts?

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    Meet the team at Insight, the Centre for Data Analysis at DCU. With their guidance you will take part in real research and an experiment to sort and tag images of Dublin City using your thoughts. The experience will involve novel human-computer interaction applications or BCI’s for short (brain-computer interfaces). The result: See what your brain waves have to say about Dublin and how they rank compared to the rest of the city dwellers.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to experience Electroencephalography (EEG) alongside the BCIs, which allow the measurement of electrical brain activity. When the readings from EEG are coupled with artificial intelligence techniques, certain neural processes can be detected in response to stimuli, like images. This effectively allows Insight to measure how ‘interesting’ they are to you. The scope of this technology could fundamentally change how we interact with information, each other and ourselves – and extend what can be lifelogged in these interactions with our world. As each new participant’s EEG responses are captured, a display will update visualisations showing rankings of the images based off these neural responses.

    You can drop into the Lab any time to chat with Insight, or check out one of their scheduled workshops here.

    Supported by Irish Design 2015.


    Week 5_ Lab
    09.03.15 to 15.03.15

    Nicholas Felton

    How do you weave data into a beautiful tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics?

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    He’ll be demonstrating some of the applications he is using to visualise data he has collected in 2014 and the different methods he has used to capture information for his Annual Reports. For people who have data they wish to visualise, he will share some of the techniques he uses to explore his own data.

    You can drop into the Lab any time to chat with Nicholas as he works, or check out his scheduled talk here.

    Nicholas is currently developing software and designs for the 10th and final edition of his Annual Report project and has been inspired by the richness of personal data that can be captured by software and sensors. His work endeavors to use this information to draw recognisable portraits of personal individual’s behaviors, habits and interests. He has made a post collecting some of the interesting ways that companies and individuals have collected and shared moments from 2014 here.

    See Nicholas' Feltron Annual Reports in the gallery.

    Supported by Irish Design 2015.

  • Your SAY WHUUUT? Self

    Week 6_ Lab
    16.03.15 to 22.03.15

    Lauren and Kyle — NYU, pplkpr

    Who owns the data created between two people? What if it's captured and made public?

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    What if a computer could understand our relationships and algorithms could suggest better interpersonal decisions than we can make ourselves? When does it go too far? pplkpr is an art project that questions the future of quantified relationships. The creators, Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald, are both optimistic and critical of new developments in technology and data, and want to create experiences that enable people to engage with this tension and the implications of these new technologies on our daily lives and relationships.

    You can drop into the Lab any time to chat with pplkpr or to try out us+. 

    Visitors will be invited to wear sensors and use the pplkpr app to track, analyse and auto-manage their relationships for a week. There will be an interactive installation where visitors can try out us+, a video-chat that monitors conversation and provides real-time feedback for optimised interaction.

    Supported by Irish Design 2015.


    Week 7_ Lab
    24.03.15 to 29.03.15

    Sinead Mc Donald — TOG/Independent

    What do your brainwaves look and sound like?

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    Brain imaging tools often claim to allow an insight into our inner world; our levels of alertness and restfulness, sleep and wakefulness, and on a very basic level, our thought processes. The researchers from TOG have been developing audiovisual software that manipulates the raw waveform data from these affordable logging devices, allowing visitors in the Lab to both see and hear different representations of their own brainwaves in real time, and to investigate how contrasting stimuli in the gallery setting might change these readings.

    Through the week they will also produce 3D printed 'cartesian sculptures' from the data exploring ideas of what it is that represents us in a portrait, from traditional to unorthodox.

    You can drop into the Lab any time to chat with TOG, or check out details on their scheduled 'turn your skull into a speaker' workshop here

    Supported by Irish Design 2015.

  • Your HEALTHY Self

    Week 8_
    31.03.15 to 05.04.15

    Niamh O' Mahony and Ruaidhri Molloy, Shimmer Sensing

    How will wearable technology affect your health care?

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    Already the changing lifestyle habits of activity trackers have had positive responses – increases in activity and better sleeping patterns. Are wearables enabling us to make better decisions about our lifestyles and ultimately our future health? The continuous gathering of objective data about our person will be invaluable to our health care professionals when they have to make decisions about our future treatments. As we are being constantly monitored, we can see the slight changes in our bio-data which will allow for early detection or even prevention of major diseases.

    Shimmer will be testing and prototyping new technologies in the Lab all week. A team of researchers will measure a range of physiological metrics at different locations around the body in an attempt to quantify emotional responses to an array of stimuli. Joining them will be the researchers from DCU Sport, demonstrating the latest in wearable sports technology. 

    The research aims to measure and quantify emotional engagement of visitors with the focus on validation and data analysis. The team will be looking at different ways to invoke a response with the aim of measuring the reliability and repeatability of physiological metrics such as galvanic skin response/sweat levels and heart rate. This will be provided by the measurement and live visualisation of visitors' emotional response to a short video clip, a song, series of images etc. Information will be made available on personal (e.g. self stress management) and commercial (e.g. gauging advertising campaign effectiveness in the neuro-marketing field) applications of emotional response data.

    You can drop into the Lab any time to chat with Shimmer. 

    Supported by Irish Design 2015.

  • Your UP AND ATTEM Self

    Week 9_ Lab
    07.04.15 to 12.04.15

    TickerFit, AJ / TCD School of Medicine

    Does competition play an important role in physical activity?

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    Researchers at Trinity School of Medicine and TickerFit, a cloud based application which empowers health professionals and their patients, are looking to identify whether competition plays an important role in physical activity among different normal population groups. Visitors to the Lab can undergo an assessment of their BMI, blood pressure, waist circumference and take part in leading research in the field of future health care management. 

    This information can be used to gather data including cardiovascular risk factors and how those numbers affect their health. Visitors can also choose to be part of the larger experiment. Through biometric assessments, participants will be placed into different groupings. They will then be randomly placed into either a competitive group or a non competitive group. The competitive group will be given daily feedback on their progress versus similar participants within their population/health cohort. The non-competitive group will have visibility of their activity, however will not receive feedback on a daily basis. The segmented data will be displayed online and in Science Gallery Dublin.

    You can drop into the Lab any time to chat with TickerFit. 

    TickerFit was founded from Avril Copeland's research into physical activity promotion, and her time working at Beaumont Hospital. She worked as a chartered physiotherapist in the outpatients department and found there was a need for a decision support tool to be used in physical activity promotion. This would be a way to empower health professionals to prescribe exercise programmes to patients who are at risk of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

    Supported by Irish Design 2015.

  • Your TINTED Self

    Week 10_ Lab
    13.04.15 to 17.04.15

    Colour of Life

    What colour is your life? And what does it reveal about you?

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    New technologies are making this possible, and for Trinity Week we'll follow the path of pioneering scientists to explore the colours of the lives of researchers, students, sportspeople, prominent personalities and staff of Trinity College Dublin and see how both their daily lives can influence the colour of their week.

    Emergent lifelogging technologies will be used to tool up a portion of the Trinity College Dublin population with sensors and cameras to passively record their life stories. How different is the colour of the life of say, a student, compared to the Provost? This research will work to evaluate just that.

    Drop into the Lab any time to see the findings.

    The colours that predominantly occur in someone’s life can offer a glimpse into their lifestyle, and may have a profound effect on their mood and behaviour. This will be a week of unique insights, interesting correlations and illuminating outputs, to see if there are interesting correlations between colour and activities, or colours and happiness. Supported by Trinity College Dublin.