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Sensory-driven Body Transformation Experiences On-the-move

Project description

Personalised body transformation experiences

Recent advances in sensing technologies are improving our understanding of life at all scales. Coupled with virtual or mixed reality, bodily sensory feedback devices are paving the way for body transformation experiences (BTE). Imagine a perceptual illusion like being in a child’s body. Beyond fun experiences, BTE technologies can bring significant advancements for wellbeing and health applications. The ERC-funded BODYinTRANSIT project will develop a theoretical BTE design framework for individualised sensorial manipulation of mental body representations. To induce, measure, support, personalise and preserve body transformations, the framework will rely on neuroscience of multisensory body perception, data modelling, wearable-based embodied multisensory interaction design and field studies in real life and on the move.


Our physical body is the interface between ourselves and the world around us. The way we perceive our body, its appearance, configuration and motor abilities shapes our behaviour, emotion and social functioning. New sensor-based and bodily sensory feedback devices, such as those brought by immersive virtual reality, allow creating Body Transformation Experiences (BTE). These perceptual illusions, like being in a child’s body, lead to experience changes in one’s own body. Beyond fun experiences, the new field of BTE engineering brings a significant leap for wellbeing and health applications, as well as for the embodiment of robotic devices and virtual avatars, and smart clothing. However, the neuroscience of core sensory-driven changes in Mental Body Representations (MBR) currently represents piecemeal experiments in very controlled settings that restrict body movement. This hinders the transfer of the basic principles discovered to real-world complex environments and practical problems. Through systematic and iterative research, BODYinTRANSIT will establish a theoretical ‘BTE design framework’ for individualized sensorial manipulation of MBR with long-lasting effects in everyday use contexts. The framework will stand on four scientific pillars to induce, measure, support, personalize and preserve body transformations: 1) neuroscience of multisensory body perception, 2) data modelling of the links between MBR, behaviour, emotion and social functioning, 3) wearable-based embodied multisensory interaction design, and 4) field studies in real-life and on-the-move contexts with physically inactive users, somatic practitioners and users with body image concerns. Tangible outcomes will include design principles, data formats, models, measures and paradigms enabling and guiding BTE engineering innovations. BODYinTRANSIT envisions personalized BTE technologies able to measure MBR and adapt bodily sensory feedback to modify it – individually, online and while on-the-move.

Host institution

Net EU contribution
€ 1 998 612,00
28903 Getafe (Madrid)

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 998 612,00

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