RESEARCH @ I3LAB

I3Lab research focuses on the adoption of innovative technologies in many domain applications, such as learning, health, and bioinformatics. We have running projects on all the research areas. We are open to discuss any new project idea or thesis proposal on those fields.

Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality

I3Lab investigates how immersive technologies such as VR, AR, and MR can help people affected by Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD). In particular, we develop applications with a therapeutic aim, trying to improve their learning capabilities and their autonomy. Lately a particular attention has been given to Tangible Mixed Reality, in which AR applications interacts with tangible (smart) object, to further increase involvement and further extend the pervasiveness that this technology already has.

Multisensory Environments

Multisensory environments are spaces where tactile, visive, audible and olfactive stimuli combine to create immersive meaningfull engaging experiences. Such technologies can help children with NDD or other special education needs in learning through playing at their own pace with the mode they feel more comfortable. In particular, we developed the Magic Room, a room in which children can play, relax, and learn in an environment where lights, sounds, objects, images, smells contribute to create a unique experience.

Smart Objects

Smart objects are “common” object made interactive, designed and realized to respond to specific use-case. In this way, plush toy becomes capable of interacting with children, imitating real animals, a toy kitchen can teach children witch food are healthier, and a 3d-prined egg creates an experience through the light to help children scared by the dark. The realization of these prototypes starts from the realization of the circuitry, to the design of the physical appearance of the object.

Conversational Agents

Conversational Agents are an Artificial Intelligence able to dialog with a user. I3Lab researchers want to exploit their capabilities to help people with NDD on several levels. Currently, two streams of intervention are mainly investigated: on the one hand to find an effective medium to interact with the children, on the other to train children’s emotive intelligence.