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Project Us




MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Pattie Maes

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Gaurav Patekar, gauravp@mit.edu

Project Description

Project Us seeks to help people to learn to become more empathetic, by leveraging the power of machine learning and wearable devices. “Us” is a wearable textile device that can sense the wearer’s biosignals and seamlessly convey them to their interlocutor during any type of interaction. This technologically-enhanced feedback loop aims to enable each partner to "feel" the other’s emotions and corroborate it with context data, in a way that could result in a gradual training of their “empathy muscle." Please find our latest paper here: http://web.mit.edu/~camilorq/www/projectus_dis20.pdf Project website: https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/project-us/overview/ We have been commissioned by the Science Gallery in Melbourne (Australia) for transforming the project into a (demo/art) experience for the general public. This will be part of their Mental exhibition in 2021 (https://opencall.sciencegallery.com/mental). The UROP students will be part of a multidisciplinary team that will transform the project into an experience that will be used by thousands of participants. We expect the students to also collaborate in the R&D efforts of the project. Professor: Pattie Maes Contact: Gaurav Patekar (gauravp@mit.edu) and Camilo Rojas (camilorq@mit.edu)


We have multiple positions available. Desired background: 1- python, signal processing, 2- electronics prototyping (e.g., Raspberry Pi or Arduino). 3- User experience design, prototyping