Gijs Huisman

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

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:

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 (that I could find) that ran an article on the TaSST. Mind you, all of them are in Dutch.

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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!

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

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 Dutch).

1st CfP: Workshop on Affective Touch (WAT) at ACII’15

Just as two years ago we will be organizing a workshop focussing on affective touch (see the website). Compared to the previous edition of the workshop (MeTA’13) we have chosen a wider scope this time, to allow researchers from diverse disciplines to submit their work and ideas. Full call for papers after the break!

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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).

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 Whiskers by De Waag Society.

Paper accepted at IVA 2014

Our paper “With Us or Against Us: Simulated Social Touch by Virtual Agents in a Cooperative or Competitive Setting” has been accepted as a short paper at IVA 2014, in Boston, USA, as a short paper. In the paper we present an extension of the experiment that was accepted as a paper at EuroHaptics 2014, where participants interacted with two virtual agents in a collaborative game. For the IVA paper we added a competitive game mode to see whether simulated social touch by a virtual agent would result in more averse judgements of that agent. This turned out not to be the case.

eNTERFACE’13 proceedings available

The proceedings of the 2013 eNTERFACE workshop on multimodal interaction is now available on Springerlink! Our chapter “Touching Virtual Agents: Embodiment and Mind” can be found here.