Human-Computer Interaction



The sense of time co-constitutes our subjective experience and embodied self-consciousness. It refers to the dimensions of passage of time (time passing by) and structure of time (serial order of events). We will systematically enrich the scenery both physically (objects) and socially (interaction partners). In the realm of time-based interventions this will allow to manipulate passage of time and structure of time.

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JÜLICH will lead the consortium of VIRTUALTIMESand will play a leading role in the neuroscientific validation of time experience in the different populations of persons being studied including their variations due to the different psychopathological conditions.
Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health (IGPP)
IGPP will play a strategic role in the project as it brings in the expertise in all psychological aspects of human subjective time.
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (UW)
Universität Würzburg will be responsible for the provision of the base technological platform for the various prototypes as well as of the integration of the modules into the prototypes. It will lead the development of the timeliness protocols and interfaces and will provide key functionality of the avatar technologies. It will support the development of the sync-engine, especially with respect to the timeliness protocols.
Cognitive Neuropsychology and Pathophysiology of Schizophrenia (INSERM)
The INSERM U1114 laboratory will provide its expertise on timing disorders in schizophrenia, its innovative methods of behavioral exploration and access to patients for both experimental, EEG and fMRI studies.
University of Helsinki (UH)
The University of Helsinki (UH) is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in Europe. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields and for utilization in social decision making and the business sector. From the UH, two departments are participating in EMPATEC: the Department of Social Research and the Department of Computer Science.
Psious Smart Apps, S.L. (PSICO)
PSICO will be the lead partner in developing the VR environments with hyper-realistic format and human-like avatars and integrating them with the time scaling techniques. PSICO is an expert bringing medical and therapeutic meaning into the VR technology, crucial for the project.


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