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Publications by Luís Aly


Appropriating Biosensors as Embodied Control Structures in Interactive Music Systems

Aly, L; Silva, H; Bernardes, G; Penha, R;

Human Technology

We present a scoping review of biosensors appropriation as control structures in interactive music systems (IMSs). Technical and artistic dimensions promoted by transdisciplinary approaches, ranging from biomedicine to musical performance and interaction design fields, support a taxonomy for biosensor-driven IMSs. A broad catalog of 70 biosensor-driven IMSs, ranging in publication dates from 1965 to 2019, was compiled and categorized according to the proposed taxonomy. From the catalog data, we extrapolated representative historical trends, notably to critically verify our working hypothesis that biosensing technologies are expanding the array of control structures within IMSs. Observed data show that our hypothesis is consistent with the historical evolution of the biosensor-driven IMSs. From our findings, we advance future challenges for novel means of control across humans and machines that should ultimately transform the agents involved in interactive music creation to form new corporalities in extended performative settings.


Acting emotions: physiological correlates of emotional valence and arousal dynamics in theatre

Aly, L; Bota, P; Godinho, L; Bernardes, G; Silva, H;

IMX 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experiences

Professional theatre actors are highly specialized in controlling their own expressive behaviour and non-verbal emotional expressiveness, so they are of particular interest in fields of study such as affective computing. We present Acting Emotions, an experimental protocol to investigate the physiological correlates of emotional valence and arousal within professional theatre actors. Ultimately, our protocol examines the physiological agreement of valence and arousal amongst several actors. Our main contribution lies in the open selection of the emotional set by the participants, based on a set of four categorical emotions, which are self-assessed at the end of each experiment. The experiment protocol was validated by analyzing the inter-rater agreement (> 0.261 arousal, > 0.560 valence), the continuous annotation trajectories, and comparing the box plots for different emotion categories. Results show that the participants successfully induced the expected emotion set to a significant statistical level of distinct valence and arousal distributions. © 2022 Owner/Author.