The objective of this course is to understand the application of basic science for strategic mechanical-systems design and optimization of the human user’s experience. Students learn about successful and unsuccessful man-machine interfaces including virtual reality, assistive products, sensory substitution devices, and brain machine interface. Students then learn the basic background of brain science and biological systems to understand the success or failure of these interfaces. The course contains experimental demonstrations to hack one’s own body and sensations to understand the human experience under consideration. Through this course, students will understand the basic cognitive science of the human user’s subjective experience, and have an idea of how to design a mechanical system so that it optimizes the end-user’s sensation, or Kansei.
The scope is to apply basic human sensation and perception knowledge for mechanical systems design.
Biological system, human body movement, perception, cognition, brain, man-machine interface
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The course contains lectures and discussions. Sometimes students will also have assignments.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Human sensation and perception basic||To understand basic human sensation and perception systems and the varieties of illusions that human information display systems rely on.|
|Class 2||Psychophysics –The correspondence between physics and psychological phenomena||To understand psychophysics to bridge physics and psychological phenomena and to understand it’s engineering applications.|
|Class 3||The limitations of the human brain to process information (capacity limitation), and attention/inattention. Human information process capacity and attention/inattention||To understand the human brain information process capacity, as well as the visual display system and visual entertainment that relies on human attention and inattention.|
|Class 4||Human body control system and internal model, sense of agency||To understand the brain and body mechanisms to control human body movement. In addition, to understand mechanical system designs to cooperate with human body organs so that they are psychologically merged into one for the human user to achieve self-body like usability and sensations.|
|Class 5||Human body control system and internal model, sense of agency||To understand the brain and body mechanisms to control human body movement. In addition, to understand mechanical system designs to cooperate with human body organs so that they are psychologically merged into one for the human user to achieve self-body like usability and sensations.|
|Class 6||Design of illusion-based devices and systems||To understand the different varieties of display and virtual-reality system designs which are controlled with the user’s active body movement, and their past, current, and future directions.|
|Class 7||Self and others recognition systems, and the theory of mind||To understand the basic application of the human self- and other- recognition process through multimodal sensory systems which include vision, haptic, and proprioception. To understand social problems and current debate on the autonomy and self-sensation of artificial systems including AI and robots.|
Discussion(30%), assignment(30%), and final assignment(40%).
Basic knowledge and interest in psychology, cognitive science, media art, philosophy, and control theory is preferable.