Gijs Huisman

Senior researcher at the Digital Society School in Amsterdam working on digital/physical technology interactions.

ThingsCon Amsterdam workshop


December 4th will be the second ThingsCon organized in Amsterdam. ThingsCon is a one-day conference about the future of hardware, and the Internet of Things.

For this edition in Amsterdam I was invited to organize a workshop on haptic interactions. I’m still working on the exact program, but the workshop will focus on the affective (and social) aspects of haptic technology. Co-starring in this workshop will be Iskander Smit from and fellow HMI PhD Christian Willemse.

More info will follow soon, but in the mean time you can register for the conference or try your luck at getting a free ticket!

Design by Fire Cafe talk

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On the 23rd of November I’ll be giving a talk at the Design by Fire Cafe in Utrecht. The talk is titled “Caress to Impress: Social Touch Technology”, and will be about the design of wearables for social touch interactions. The event is currently fully booked but you can still be put in the waiting list. More info at: Hope to see you there!

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 many people from various disciplines who have done amazing work on social and affective touch. A surprisingly large number of these people was actually based in the Netherlands, so I decided to organize a meeting to share knowledge and look for ways to collaborate. I wrote a short report of the day for the 3TU Humans & Technolog Federation website:

Currently I am planning a second meeting for this year, and am looking into forming an official society around the study of social and affective touch.

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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