Bruno Herbelin is deputy director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics since 2012 (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland). He previously worked as a researcher in virtual reality and cognitive neuroscience in the laboratory of Prof. O. Blanke at EPFL. From 2005 to 2009, he was Assistant Professor at Medialogy Department of Aalborg University, Denmark. He obtained his PhD from EPFL School of Computer and Communications in 2005 for his research work on virtual reality exposure therapy under the supervision of Prof. D. Thallmann (Virtual Reality Laboratory).
Introduction to the talk
Immersion in virtual reality is challenging the multisensory brain mechanisms underlying the integration of bodily signals that are building up the experience of perceiving the world from an embodied perspective. Recent progress in cognitive neuroscience of bodily self-consciousness were based on the ability of technology to manipulate these mechanisms; what I propose to explore is how this research provides a deeper understanding of immersion, embodiment and sense of presence.