Cyberselves Workshop in Oxford, 14 & 15 October

We are pleased to advertise a two-day symposium on virtual reality and telepresence on the theme of “Cyberselves in Immersive Technologies”. The symposium is sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Oxford Martin School and will be hosted at the University of Oxford on the 14th and 15th October 2015.

Our symposium will be multi-disciplinary with contributions from technologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers and cultural theorists looking at the future societal and ethical impacts of virtual reality and immersive technologies.

Technology demonstration: After the symposium has ended on the first day, there will be a showcase of new technologies and current research into virtual reality, augmented reality and teleoperation (approximately 5.30pm on 14th October).

Venue: Oxford Martin School, Broad Street, Oxford
Date and time: 14th and 15th October 2015, 9.30-4.30 (timing tbc on finalised programme)
Booking: Free to attend and all welcome, however booking is required.

For further details and to book online go to https://v1.bookwhen.com/uehiro

For the full programme, please click here.

Programme overview:

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

· Dr Johnny Hartz Søraker: ‘Virtual Environments and Subjective Well-being’

· Prof Henrik Ehrsson: ‘Neural substrates of senses of body ownership and self location’
· Dr Orit Halpern: ‘The Smart Mandate: A Brief History of Ubiquitous Computing and Responsive Environments’
· Prof JoAnn Difede: ‘On the precipice of a paradigm shift: Novel therapeutics for PTSD and Anxiety disorders’

SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS

Dr Blay Whitby: ‘Virtually anything goes: what, if any, are the ethical limits on behaviour in virtual worlds?’
Prof Ralph Schroeder: ‘Ethical and Social Issues in Shared Virtual Environments Revisited’
Prof Patrick Haggard: ‘Re-engineering the relation between self and body: private experience and public space’
Prof Paul Verschure: TBC
Prof Jonathan Freeman: TBC
Dr Tom TylerCyberselves symposium 2015 Programme: ‘How to Lose at Videogames (Repeatedly)’

The full programme is now available here.

Moving Ahead…

The Cyberselves team recently enjoyed a day of productive meetings and discussions as we finalised plans for our experiments.

Representatives from Sheffield’s Department of Psychology and School of English and Hannah Maslen from Oxford University’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics also had the chance to experience the technology behind our researches and experiments. Have a look at the pictures below to get a sense of how things are coming along.

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iCub meeting the team: (l – r) Tony Prescott, Hannah Maslen, Uriel Hernandez, Fabienne Collignon.

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Michael meets iCub.

Michael and iCub

Michael sees the world through iCub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures illustrate how we will explore the idea of teleoperation, by using an Oculus Rift DK2 to experience the world – visually, audibly, tacitly – through our iCub robot. This is one of two experiments we are conducting into the nature of our emerging and changing notions of self in virtual and cyber spaces.

You can see from the video below how teleoperation will work, as iCub’s vision can be remotely controlled though the Oculus Rift and a haptic glove (and some very clever coding by Uriel and Luke Boorman.)

 

 

More updates will follow shortly, including a sneak peak at our virtual reality experiment as well.

Talk at the University of Sheffield

Interoceptive inference, emotion, and the embodied self

Psychology Lecture Theatre, 12 noon, Friday 6th March

Anil Sethanil-seth-consciousness-006
Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
School of Engineering and Informatics,
University of Sussex,
Brighton BN1 9QJ, UK
a.k.seth@sussex.ac.uk,
www.anilseth.com
www.neurobanter.com/
www.sussex.ac.uk/sackler
@anilkseth

‘Interoception’ is the sense of the internal physiological state of the body – the sense of the body ‘from within’. There is increasing interest in exploring how interoceptive and exteroceptive processes interact in specifying conscious states, especially those having to do with conscious selfhood and the experience of owning and identifying with a particular body. In this talk I will examine these interactions through the lens of ‘predictive processing’, which sees perception as a process of probabilistic inference on the causes of sensory signals. I will introduce a model of “interoceptive inference” which applies the framework of predictive processing to interoception. According to this model, subjective feeling states (emotions) arise from actively inferred generative (predictive) models of the causes of interoceptive signals. The model also predicts that embodied selfhood is grounded in active inference of those signals “most likely to be me” across interoceptive and exteroceptive domains. I will then some recent experimental evidence illustrating this view, based on examining the role of interoceptive feedback in psychophysical paradigms. This will include a novel version of the ‘rubber hand illusion’ incorporating visual feedback of heartbeat signals via augmented reality. The results show that multisensory integration across interoceptive and exteroceptive domains influences the experience of body ownership, and they bring new relevance to some old ideas from cybernetics and predictive control.

Seth, A.K. (2015). The cybernetic Bayesian brain: from interoceptive inference to sensorimotor contingencies. In Open MIND, eds. T. Metzinger & J. Windt. Frankfurt a.M., GER: MIND group (see http://open-mind.net/)

Visit us on Facebook

As part of our plan for world domination, we have also set up a Facebook group related to the Cyberselves project. Visit and ‘Like’ us at www.facebook.com/cyberselves.

Whereas the website will post news and developments about the project itself, it is our plan to use the Facebook page for more informal discussions and updates on wider development and news relating to virtual reality, immersion, teleoperation and the like.

Feel free to join in the discussion!