Pedro Lopes

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science and the College

As part of his research into human-computer interaction, wearable computing, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality, Pedro Lopes has created interactive devices that overlap with the user’s body. These systems are based on electrical muscle stimulation and use part of the wearer’s body for output, through actuation of muscles with electrical impulses, causing involuntary movements. Wearers can sense the computer’s activity on their own bodies by means of their sense of proprioception. These wearable systems have shown to increase realism in VR, provide a novel way of accessing information through proprioception, and serve as a platform to experience and question the boundaries of our sense of agency.

Lopes’s work has been presented at such top-tier conferences as the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. It has also been demonstrated at such venues as the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Haptics Symposium.

Lopes received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from the Technical University of Lisbon, and earned his PhD in computer science from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. He will join the faculty of the University of Chicago in January 2019.

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