Online Seminar Series - Striving for Social Harmony in XR
25th May - 6th July 2022
By now we are likely to have come across horror stories from ‘the metaverse‘ about how it is easy to encounter abuse, racism, misogyny, an overall unpleasant experience. On the other hand, social virtual environments have been studied for many years, and there is evidence about how people behave in virtual meetings. GuestXR is carrying out research towards how to make immersive virtual meetings realise the goals of the participants. Normally virtual meetings have a purpose, even if that is entertainment, and GuestXR has the ambitious aim of intervening in such meetings to make them fit for their purpose.
In this seminar series, partners from the GuestXR project will speak about their early work on these issues, covering a review of virtual meetings (‘collaborative virtual environments’), the utility of agent based models for social modeling, what we can learn from the neuroscience of interpersonal interaction, the role of deep learning for virtual humans, and reflections on the ethical aspects.
Neuroscience of Interpersonal Interaction
Beatrice de Gelder, Professor and Director of the Brain and Emotion Laboratory, University of Maastricht
8th of June