For humanization of technology

RUK is a network of research centers at the intersection of art, science and technology. In this interdisciplinary triangle, we are developing innovative products and services for the soft and humane technology of the future. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund. More ...

Laboratory

DDTlab

04.05.2020 13:00

DDTlab is a research lab operating in the fields of cybernetics, virtualization, BCI systems, and robotics. DDTlab enables regional, national, and international connectivity. As part of social innovation for smart factories, demands for the humanization of technology are being placed through robotization. Robotization is one of the key directions of progress at the onset of the 21st century. Advancements in this field are moving towards increasing autonomy, flexibility, and sustainability. Thus, a modern-day “machine” is not only intended for a mechanic performance of a single function, but is becoming an increasingly independent agent, designed to solve complex problems faced by the individual, the economy, the society, and mankind. The development of robotics thus actually refers to advancements in human-robot interfaces, i.e., artificial intelligence. 

Head of DDTlab:

Maša Jazbec

BRAIN LAB

Handwriting with the use of brain signals 
Spherical robot control with the use of brain signals

Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) are devices that were initially developed in the field of biomedicine. Biomedical applications of BCI have facilitated restoring the movement ability for physically challenged or locked-in users and replacing lost motor functionality. Through the use of BCI, we develop computer systems for capturing brain signals, analyzing them and converting them into commands which are passed on to an output device to finally carry out a desired action. At the same time, our efforts are focused on educating the general public about the capacity and plasticity of the brain based on latest research in the fields of neuroscience and the arts.  

VR LAB

Demo: Sensory integration manipulation through VR tools

The goal of the VR Lab experience is to gain basic knowledge of the neurophysiology of the human body. Participants will learn that the human brain is constantly adapting its functioning to various external stimuli. The ability of the brain to create new neural pathways based on new experiences confirms the fact that the human brain is a highly plastic organ. Participants will learn about the concept and importance of sensory integration, which is responsible for the smooth flow of information in the brain. Sensory integration is a neurological process that helps us properly utilize the body in its interaction with the environment. The body organizes sensory information and stimuli that a person receives from the environment through various sensory systems: tactile (touch), visual (sight), auditory (hearing), olfactory (smell), proprioceptive (pressure, temperature, vibration), vestibular (position and motion in space). Participants will gain this knowledge by learning about scientific and artistic experiments that deal with manipulations of sensory integration (manipulation of visual, haptic and tactile stimuli), using VR technologies.

Demo: Virtual worlds experience

Trainings with the goal of democratizing scientific achievements, arts and technology, will also take place as part of our production.

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