Lecture by Mariza Dima, PhD

Interaction design through Embodied Cognition: A case study of a haptically-augmented interface for digital character animation

On Thursday, March 10th, 2016, Dr Mariza Dima from Queen Mary University of London gave a lecture on embodied cognition and connection between cognitive psychology, computer science and design. The lecture was held in the main IUS amphitheatre and attended by a huge number of academics and students of psychology, linguistics, political science and visual arts.

The focus of the lecture was on Dr Dima’s approach for designing and developing a digital tool for creative practitioners with a rich set of tacit embodied skills. An investigation into research and design methodologies for a digital workspace which can successfully accommodate physical embodied skills with a case study on puppet stop-motion animation was presented during the lecture. The research presented included three interwoven topics:

  1. What is gained, lost, transformed or confused in the process of transferring a hands-on embodied skill set from the physical to the digital realm?
  2. What is an appropriate methodology for designing and developing such as space?
  3. How is embodied cognition and enaction a fruitful lenses through which to approach the design space?

Dr Mariza Dima has a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Edinburgh.  She is currently working at the Queen Mary University of London. She is also one of the researchers actively engaged in AHRC-funded Creativeworks London project led by Queen Mary University of London and in partnership with thirty-eight London-based universities, colleges, museums, libraries and archives.  This lecture was organised by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Psychology Program.