M1 or M2

Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique


ISIR, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris

Perception, Interaction et Robotique Sociales.
Perception multisensorielle
Length of internship
6-12 months (flexible)
French or English
Touch is at the boundary between the self, the body, and the environment. It is also a pivotal route for social interactions between individuals. Tactile interactions have been of particular interest in recent years and research suggests that touch can convey specific pro-social and affective signals, which cannot be communicated through any other sensory modality. However, our knowledge of what are the key parameters fostering the experience of touching and being touched during an interaction are limited, thus hindering our ability to simulate touch gestures with a virtual agent. The goal of the internship project is to investigate the non-tactile multisensory signals allowing inducing the impression of being touched. This involves sounds and visual stimuli based on the study of crossmodal correspondences using behavioral (psychophysics) methods. The results will subsequently be used in the context of interactions with virtual agents.