I am happy to announce that I am recruiting for my new research project AMBIENT: Bodily Entrainment to Audiovisual Rhythms. The project will continue my line of research into the effects of sound and visuals on our bodies and minds and the creative use of such effects. Here is a short video in which I explain the motivation for the project:
The idea is to put together a multidisciplinary team of three early career researchers experienced with one or more of the following methods: sound analysis, video analysis, interviews, questionnaires, motion capture, physiological sensing, statistics, signal processing, machine learning, interactive (sound/music) systems. The announcement texts are available here:
Application deadline: 15 March 2022. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the positions.
About the project
Much focus has been devoted to understanding the “foreground” of human activities: things we say, actions we do, sounds we hear. AMBIENT will study the sonic and visual “background” of indoor environments: the sound of a ventilation system in an office, the footsteps of people in a corridor, or people’s fidgeting in a classroom.
The project aims to study how such elements influence people’s bodily behaviour and how people feel about the rhythms in an environment. This will be done by studying how different auditory and visual stimuli combine to create rhythms in various settings.
The hypothesis is that various types of rhythms influence people’s bodily behaviour through principles of entrainment, that is, the process by which independent rhythmical systems interact with each other.
The primary objective of AMBIENT is to understand more about bodily entrainment to audiovisual rhythms in both local and telematic environments. This will be studied within everyday workspaces like offices and classrooms.
The primary objective can be broken down into three secondary objectives:
Understand more about the rhythms of in-door environments, and make a theoretical model of such rhythms that can be implemented in software.
Understand more about how people interact with the rhythms of in-door environments, both when working alone – and together.
Explore how such rhythms can be captured and (re)created in a different environment using state-of-the-art audiovisual technologies.
The work in AMBIENT is divided into five work packages:
WP1: Theoretical Development
WP2: Observation study of individuals in their offices
WP3: Observation study of physical-virtual workspaces
WP4: Exploration of (re)creation of ambience in a telematic classroom
WP5: Software development
The work packages overlap and feed into each other in various ways.
The AMBIENT project is an open research lighthouse project. The aim is to keep the entire research as open as possible, including sharing methods, data, publications, etc.