Neurosis @ Fururefest


In one of our biggest outings yet, I’ve been involved in the development and deployment of the world’s first brain controlled thrill ride: Neurosis. Neurosis features a six-degree-of-freedom motion simulator and virtual reality headset to immerse the rider in a surreal environment, controlled not by a ride operator, but by the rider’s own brain activity. This activity generates an audio-visual virtual world where pathways emerge, tumbling, twisting and twirling the rider through a psychedelic landscape. The rider’s real-time neurological responses to music, motion and visible wonders, activate fairground lighting; this spectacular neurodata constantly transforms the futuristic ride artwork. Music pumps as the simulator mechanism undulates and sways.

This is the brain child of Prof Walker, with some help from The Mighty Jungulator – Matthew Olden and the good folks of Nottingham and Middlesex Universities. And yes, that is George Clinton riding it in the picture.

Here’s what the observer had to say: Observer article

Here’s a video made by Middlesex about the project:


On Becoming A Counsellor @ CSCW15


Building on the work done with pubsense, Petr Slovak, Anja Tieme, Patrick Oliver, Geraldine Fitzpatrick and I have published “On Becoming a Counsellor: Challenges and Opportunities to Support Interpersonal Skills Training” at the 18th ACM conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW15). This time we addressing the teaching of interpersonal skills for counsellors. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Vancouver in BC, Canada, CSCW this year was… well actually I wasn’t there, so I’ve no idea, but I imagine it was lovely, interesting, filled with fascinating papers etc. This project has been a lovely mix of international and interdisciplinary collaboration and one I’ve been thrilled to be a part of.