Call: Special issue on Haptic and Audio-Visual Stimuli: Enhancing Experiences and Interaction

International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems (IJAACS)

Call for papers
Special Issue on: “Haptic and Audio-Visual Stimuli: Enhancing Experiences and Interaction”

Guest Editors:
Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Esko Dijk, Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Multimodal stimulation is capable of creating strong effects on users, because the effects of the various stimuli can reinforce each other. This form of stimulation can be used to enhance entertainment experiences, as well as well-being and relaxation experiences. The causes of these strong effects and the exact relation to intensity, spatial distribution and timing of the stimuli are the subject of many investigations. One example application is using haptic and tactile actuator elements to provide the player of a game with a more thrilling experience. Linked to the visual and auditory information of the game, haptic stimuli are provided. Haptics combined with audicons are also often applied for enhancing applications in mobile (phone) systems. However, the effects of multimodal and cross-modal stimulation (involving haptics) on the user experience and on user interactions has not yet been thoroughly studied in the context of entertainment, well-being and relaxation applications.

In this special issue, we want to address the specific effects of combined (multi-sensory) stimuli. Topics we want to address range from the effect of mutual timing in audio, video and haptic stimuli, through actuator technologies, to how such “more than the sum of the elements” effects of multimodal stimuli are created in a user’s perception and how to evaluate these experiences and perceptions. Our guiding hypothesis is that an optimal user experience will be obtained by taking into account human perception, careful personalization, and intelligent optimization. The latter should be based on both general knowledge of human perception, and on (measured or inferred) knowledge of the individual user. Research on human perception will provide information on the basic capabilities and limitations of individual modalities but also on how combined information processing in multiple modalities operates. To this end, we plan a number of papers on the technologies employed, the psychological and physiological sensitivities of people and the algorithms used to optimize the effect of multimodal stimuli. This Special Issue is a follow-up of a satellite workshop of the International Conference EuroHaptics 2010, held in Amsterdam in July 2010.

Subject Coverage

We are especially interested in applications in the field of consumer health, well-being, and entertainment. Topics which will be considered include but are not limited to:

  • Audio, video and haptic stimulation
  • Influence of temporal and spatial patterns of (haptic) stimuli
  • Relaxation, easing the mind, comforting
  • Intelligence and algorithms to optimize the user experience
  • Interaction paradigms especially suited for these application areas
  • Mediated social touch
  • Personalized tactile feedback
  • Tactile stimulation for entertainment

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Abstract submission: 19 September, 2010 [extended from 1 Sept]

Deadline for submissions: 10 October, 2010

Date of confirmation: 15 November, 2010

Final paper due: 15 December, 2010

Editors and Notes

Please send a title and abstract of your paper before September 1 to get some early feedback on the suitability of the paper. You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to the following:

Anton Nijholt
University of Twente
The Netherlands

Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor

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