Project Lead: Audrey Ma, Davin Browner Conaty and Ivan Romerro

Number of participants: 15

Duration: 3 days

Project Outline:

Inter – Action is a collaborative exploration between cognitive science researchers and designers.

A thought emerges, seeps beyond the skin and acts on the world. How does a conscious thought manifests itself into an action?

UCL Action & Body Lab researches sensory processes such as somatosensation, touch and thermosensation. The scale of this investigation of the conscious experience of controlling our movements means that there is real value for cognitive scientists to integrate designers into their research and experimentation. During our workshop, designers will be paired up with a team from the UCL Action & Body Lab to work together to find new insights or overcome obstacles in the lab’s ongoing research projects.


Day 1: Tuesday 5th November (RCA):
10.00 – 10.30
 Arrival and introduction
10.00 – 11.00 Lecture: Introduction to the Lab and Thermosensation
11.00 – 12:30 Designers, on the roundtable, each give a brief introduction to themselves and their work & open discussion
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch break (not provided)
1.30 – 2.30 Speed Dating: forming teams

Day 2: Wednesday 6th November (UCL):
10.30 –12.30
 Meet at UCL Labs
2.00 – 6.00 Group work

Day 3: Thursday 7th November (RCA):
10.00 – 6.00
 Presentations, Discussions and Conclusion