We use mixed reality technologies for the investigation of human behavior and experience. We probe complex human behavior such as cooperation, competition, navigation, memory, and communication. In addition, these technologies themselves require new principles for perception, cognition, and behavior that we develop based on our theoretical work and the DAC theory.
The key infrastructure for this research is the eXperience Induction Machine (XIM) a human-accessible ~30m^2 immersive space equipped with a large number of sensors and effectors. XIM is a pioneering scientific instrument that allows immersive and interactive data exploration and is enhanced with wearable, unobtrusive sensors capable of measuring human psychophysiological signals including EEG, ECG, EMG or GSR and wearable eye movement detection systems. XIM is also key for SPECS’ research in creativity in artificial and biological systems such as interaction, narrative content, dramaturgy, and scenography. Studying creativity we address fundamental challenges in education, cultural heritage and the shaping of human experience.