Loki is an Inria project-team created in January 2018 in partnership with Université de Lille within the Joint Research Unit UMR 9189 CNRS-Centrale Lille-Université de Lille, CRIStAL. Loki is a follow-up of Mjolnir.
Our research aims at producing original ideas, fundamental knowledge and practical tools to inspire, inform and support the design of human-computer interactions.
We favor the vision of computers as tools, we would like them to empower people, and we believe this can only be achieved by supporting both transparent (from a cognitive perspective) and analytic use.
We are focusing on how such tools can be designed and engineered, and propose as a long-term goal to specify and create new technology dedicated to interaction: the Interaction Machine.
In the short to medium term, we will investigate this revision of interactive systems along three levels of dynamics of interaction.
- research on micro-dynamics will focus on low-level problems related to interaction such as studying transfer functions, latency compensation and tactile feedback.
- research on meso-dynamics will focus on augmenting the interaction bandwidth and vocabulary.
- Research on macro-dynamics will focus on real-time activity monitors and better system adaptability for skills acquisition while using those systems.
Understanding the phenomena that occur at each of these levels and their relationships will help us to acquire the necessary knowledge and technological bricks to reconcile the way interactive systems are engineered with human abilities.
More about our scientific project in the team founding document: loki-distilled.pdf
Upcoming, present or recent news:
- 2020, October: On 2020/10/21, Nicole Pong brilliantly defended her PhD thesis "Interacting With Signifier-less Designs: The Case of Swhidgets". Congratulations Nicole!!!
- 2019, December: On 2019/12/18, Thibault Raffaillac brilliantly defended his PhD thesis "Improving software languages and libraries to program interaction". Congratulations Thibault!!!
- 2019, June: Thibault Raffaillac's article Polyphony: Programming Interfaces and Interactions with the Entity-Component-System Model" has been awarded the Best paper award at the ACM EICS 2019 conference. Congratulations Thibault!!!
- 2019, March: Our close collaborator Edward Lank from University of Waterloo has been awarded an Inria international chair in the team for the period 2019-2023. Welcome (back) on board, Ed!
- 2019, March: Géry and Mathieu has been awarded a Google Faculty Research Award. Congratulations, guys!!!