Gijs Huisman

Researcher at the Human Media Interaction Group of the University of Twente, working on Social Touch Techology.

Category: News

Tasty Bits & Bytes in UT Nieuws magazine

Last month the UT Nieuws ran a two page story on our Tasty Bits & Bytes project. It was a nice opportunity to talk about our vision and aim with the project.

Report: 1st Dutch meeting on the study of social and affective touch

I did not advertise this very broadly, mainly because I wanted to be selective about the attendance to this first meeting, but on the 3rd of July I organized the 1st Dutch meeting on the study of social and affective touch. Having worked on social touch technology for the past three years, I have spoken to […]

August 10, 2015

ACII’15 Workshop on Affective Touch

At this years Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII’15) conference, in Xi’an, China, were are organizing the Workshop on Affective Touch (WAT). The list of papers that have been accepted can now be found online:

August 10, 2015

TaSST in the news

Last month, as a sort of delayed response to my nomination in the Nerd 101, there was a lot of media attention for the TaSST and my research on social touch technology. It was interesting to experience the snowball effect of that one article. Also, doing radio interviews is fun! Below I’ve listed all the places […]

July 16, 2015

TaSST article on Intel iQ (Dutch)

iQ Is Intel’s online technology magazine that features articles on technologies that “change the world”. The Dutch version of iQ featured an article about my touch research and the development of the TaSST. Check it out here!

June 16, 2015

Tasty Bits and Bytes project

Our Tasty Bits and Bytes project proposal was accepted by COMMIT/!  In this project Merijn Bruijnes and I will explore the use of mixed reality technology (e.g. augmented reality applications, projection mapping, Oculus Rift) to enhance dining experiences. More information about the project can be found at

June 15, 2015

Nerd 101: nominated as nr. 3 in category wearables

Last week, Vrij Nederland (a Dutch national magazine which started as an underground newspaper in WWII) published the Nerd 101; a list of the 101 most interesting ‘technologists’ in the Netherlands. I was honored to be nominated as the nr. 3 in the category ‘wearables’. You can read the Nerd 101 list on Blendle (in […]

February 11, 2015

Article on the TaSST and deafblind in UT magazine

In this month’s issue of the UT magazine (magazine of the University of Twente) some of our work on the TaSST and deafblind people is featured in a short article (p.33).

October 10, 2014

TaSST interview

Last week we had a big COMMIT/ projectmeeting at Trouw in Amsterdam. About 60 demos showcased all of the diverse work being done in the COMMIT/ project. We also demoed our latest TaSST prototype. To accompany the demo we did an interview explaining the ideas behind TaSST (starting at 2:59). The video also features project […]

July 26, 2013

eNTERFACE’13 Touching Virtual Agents Tech Demo

I’ve been in Lisbon for the past two weeks working on our Touching Virtual Agents project as part of the eNTERFACE’13 workshop. Despite having been ill for a few days we’ve made some good progress! Here’s a video of our first tech demo showing how a virtual agent can touch a user through an augmented […]