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TAUCHI - Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction

Mimetic Interfaces (MIMEFACE)

Mimetic interfaces refer to a new type of user interface technology in which computing and technical solutions are built to measure and imitate (mime) human behavioural functions so that lost functions can be restored digitally. The specific aim of the current project is to study and develop user interface technology especially targeted at improving and rehabilitation of face functionality (i.e. facial mimics) after unilateral facial paresis.Ultimately we envision technology that measures electric activity of facial muscles from the intact side of the face and routes this measured signal via small scale computing device to the affected side to stimulate the dysfunctional muscles. This represents a new type of user interface technology where an individual will be able to use his or her own bodily behavior to simultaneously control the behavior of other parts of the body. This means basically that a computer will be developed to act as a driver of human behavior. The project will be implemented by a multidisciplinary consortium involving expertise from computer science (especially man-machine interaction), psychology and psychophysiology of facial behavior, engineering, and medicine (specialists in clinical treatment of facial paresis).

MIMEFACE is a four year project (Sep 2014 - Aug 2018), funded by the Academy of Finland.

People

Veikko Surakka
Professor, PhD
Head of the consortium
Sub-project leader

School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere
PinniB, room 2008-09
+358 40 557 3265
veikko dot surakka at uta.fi

Jukka Lekkala
Professor, Dr.Tech
Sub-project leader

Automation Science and Engineering, Tampere University of Technology
SC208 
+358 40 849 0931
jukka dot lekkala at tut.fi

Markus Rautiainen
Professor, MD, PhD
Sub-project leader

School of Medicine, University of Tampere
TAYS M-RAK 319 
+358 40 190 1497
markus dot rautiainen at uta.fi

Mirja Ilves
Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD
Assistant coordinator

School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere
PinniB, room 2039
+358 50 318 5848
mirja dot ilves at sis.uta.fi

Jani Lylykangas
Doctoral Student, MA

School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere
PinniB, room 2012
+358 50 318 6832    
jani dot lylykangas at sis.uta.fi

Ville Rantanen
Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr.Tech

Automation Science and Engineering, Tampere University of Technology
SC102b 
+358 41 503 6363
ville dot rantanen at tut.fi

Antti Vehkaoja
Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr.Tech

Automation Science and Engineering, Tampere University of Technology
Sd114
+358 40 739 3181
antti dot vehkaoja at tut.fi

Eeva Mäkelä
MD

Tampere University Hospital
eeva dot a dot makela at pshp.fi

Hanna Venesvirta
Researcher, MSc

School of Medicine, University of Tampere
Pinni B2005 
+358 50 318 7081
hanna dot venesvirta at sis.uta.fi

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