Pedro Lopes is a PhD Candidate at Prof. Baudisch’s Human Computer Interaction Lab at the Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany.
Pedro’s work asks the question: what if interfaces would share part of our body? Pedro has materialized this idea by creating interactive system based on electrical muscle stimulation. These devices use part of the wearer’s body for output, i.e., the computer can output by actuating the user’s muscles with electrical impulses, causing it to move involuntarily. The wearer can sense the computer’s activity on their own body by means of their sense of proprioception. Pedro’s wearable systems have shown to (1) increase realism in VR , (2) provide a novel way to access information through proprioception, and (3) serve as a platform to experience and question the boundaries of our sense of agency.
Pedro’s work is published at top-tier conferences (ACM CHI &UIST) and demonstrated at venues such as ACM SIGGRAPH and IEEE Haptics. Pedro has received the ACM CHI Best Paper award for his work on Affordance++, Best Talk Awards and several nominations. As part of his research, Pedro has exhibited at Ars Electronica 2017, Science Gallery Dublin and World Economic Forum in San Francisco. His work also captured the interest of media, such as MIT Technology Review, NBC, Discovery Channel, NewScientist or Wired.
I believe that science & art together are key to humanity’s future: Hence, my research inspires in neuroscience and art, while at its core is rooted in electrical engineering and computer science. My objective is to probe, provoke and understand the fusion between our body and interactive devices.
Previous research interests also included: (1) allowing ideas to flow faster, such as through interactive sketching, modeling & interactive fabrication; (2) acoustic interfaces, such a smart(er) touchscreen that is able to differentiate touch contacts, such as nails, knuckles, feet or even everyday objects.
I graduated from IST in Lisbon (MsC), which is the most prestigious school of engineering in Portugal. My master thesis was a large-scale multitouch table for DJing. As an artist I play turntables like they are full-fledged instruments, which means they can be bowed, percussed, scratched, subverted & hacked. I make my own needles and records using circuit-bending and acrylic cutting. I engage in collaboration with visual artists, performance & improvisors. My music has its own place here.
Email me at pedro.lopes -a.t.- hpi.de