Enactive steering of an experiential model of the atmosphere

Brandon Mechtley, Christopher Roberts, Julian Stein, Benjamin Nandin, Xin Wei Sha

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2 Scopus citations


We present a stream of research on Experiential Complex Systems which aims to incorporate responsive, experiential media systems, i.e. interactive, multimodal media environments capable of responding to sensed activity at perceptual rates, into the toolbox of computational science practitioners. Drawing on enactivist, embodied approaches to design, we suggest that these responsive, experiential media systems, driven by models of complex system dynamics, can help provide an experiential, enactive mode of scientific computing in the form of perceptually instantaneous, seamless iterations of hypothesis generation and immersive gestural shaping of dense simulations when used together with existing high performance computing implementations and analytical tools. As a first study of such a system, we present EMA, an Experiential Model of the Atmosphere, a responsive media environment that uses immersive projection, spatialized audio, and infrared-filtered optical sensing to allow participants to interactively steer a computational model of cloud physics, exploring the necessary conditions for different atmospheric processes and phenomena through the movement and presence of their bodies and objects in the lab space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVirtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality
Subtitle of host publicationInteraction, Navigation, Visualization, Embodiment, and Simulation - 10th International Conference, VAMR 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings
EditorsGino Fragomeni, Jessie Y. Chen
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9783319915807
StatePublished - 2018
Event10th International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, VAMR 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Jul 15 2018Jul 20 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10909 LNCS


Other10th International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, VAMR 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Computational steering
  • Enactive interfaces
  • Experiential media
  • Responsive media
  • Scientific computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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