Dr. Mei Kei LAI from the Macao Polytechnic Institute will visit the United Nations University Institute in Macau to talk about multisensory experience research, particularly from the olfactory and gustatory experiences, and will also discuss sensory interfaces from an aesthetic perspective. An abstract of her talk along with the speaker’s bio is available below.
We experience the world with all our senses. Diana Ackerman once said, “when we breathe we pass the world through our bodies.” Sensory modality is the interface between the self and the world. We interact with people and the surroundings through our senses in the real world. When coming to the digital world, our interactions mainly rely on sight, hearing and touch. However, the sense of smell and taste give us vivid memory and emotion in daily life that other sensory modality hardly provide. Recently in HCI community, there has been growing interest in exploring olfactory and gustatory experiences as novel interface modalities. What are the possibilities behind when we design interaction beyond the screen through modalities? In this talk, I will introduce the recent trend of multisensory experience research, especially in the area of olfactory and gustatory experiences. I will also share how artists and designers approach sensory interface from an aesthetic perspective.
Mei Kei LAI is an interactive media researcher and artist. She is currently a Lecturer and Assistant Programme Coordinator of the Design Programme in the School of Arts at Macao Polytechnic Institute. She received her doctoral degree in Media Design from Keio University in Japan, and a postgraduate degree in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. With a background in technology and design, she mainly focuses on exploring the possibilities of non-conventional interface design, especially olfactory interaction. Her research interest is about using smell as a medium to design playful user experience. The experiments include taking smell into the area of gameplay, exhibition and family bonding. Her works have been presented in the exhibitions and conferences in Europe and Asia, such as HCI, SIGDOC, ISEA, Digital Olfaction Society World Congress and Microwave International New Media Arts Festival.