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Thesis : Coline FONS


From 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2025

Design and evaluation of multimodal metaphors for acting in space without sight

- Christian GRAFF (christian[dot]graff[at]univ-grenoble-alpes[dot]fr) -
- Sylvain HUET - (sylvain[dot]huet[at]gipsa-lab[dot]grenoble-inp[dot]fr) -
- Denis PELLERIN - (denis[dot]pellerin[at]gipsa-lab[dot]grenoble-inp[dot]fr)

Résumé du projet de thèse: The aim of the thesis is a sensory substitution device allowing to reach a target object without vision. The prototype is built on a choice of spatial metrics accessible from an artificial sensor, to be matched with a choice of percepts initiated by audio and tactile stimuli. The efficiency and comfort of the human-machine interfacing resulting from these choices will be tested on typical participants (blindfolded) mainly in a controlled environment, in a laboratory and in a virtual environment; the interest and the adaptation of the device will be evaluated with the participation of blind users, in a more open real environment, in a context of game and leisure.
A fundamental and theoretical part related to psychophysics and embodied cognition must lead to a validation of the proof. The valorization of the work requires to maintain a privileged contact with people deprived of vision, their support structures, their institutions or their associations. The logistics of the project include interactions with the other teams of the Sam-Guide consortium ensuring coordination and compatibility of skills and technologies.

Keywords : Sensory substitution,Blindness,Target reaching,Multimodal metaphors,Virtual prototyping,

Projet- SAM Guide - ANR-21-CE33-0011



From 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2025


Projet-SAM Guide - ANR-21-CE33-0011


Submitted on 24 August 2023

Updated on 16 November 2023