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Lancaster University doctoral student Eduardo Velloso.

Lancaster University doctoral student Eduardo Velloso in his new motion capture suit.

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Lancaster University scientist Eduardo Velloso plans to build on the technology behind his augmented reality-based weightlifting feedback system to link computers to emotions.

Velloso previously developed a computer system that monitors the movements of a weightlifter and provides information on performance in real time.

"We picked weightlifting because it is an activity with specific movement," he notes.

Velloso says he is in the very early stages of an emotion-recognition project, but it still involves analyzing movement. "I have moved on from weightlifting but will still be analyzing movement," Velloso says. "By tracking a person’s movement, I want to understand the emotions the person is experiencing."

He says the goal is to deduce affective states of mind from bodily expressions, rather than from facial and voice recognition. "Computers understanding emotions will be amazing," Velloso says. "We could use this method in systems to help users in improving their body language for specific situations such as a job interviews or public speaking."

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