Virtual Touch, Taste, and Smell demos and talk by Adrian David Cheok to be shown at FutureFest


FutureFest: Visions Of The World Yet To Come

25 Feb 2015


Get a glimpse of the world decades hence, as FutureFest returns to London on 14-15 March. This playful, innovative festival offers talks, visions, performances and interactive technology to explore the future of urban life.

The programme is already bristling with exciting speakers and demos, but here’s a flavour:

ROBOTS: A mainstay of visions of the future, robots are finally gaining the sophistication that could see them populating the home, streets and work place. The Emotive City installation lets visitors play with robots to manipulate the environment. Meanwhile, Michael Osborne of the University of Oxford talks about the impact of robots in the working world. Finally, have a conversation with the Blind Robot, who will gently explore your face with its hand.

DEMOCRACY: Edward Snowden (via weblink) headlines a strand on the future of democracy and human rights, with further insights from Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Jaakko Kuosmanen, Ian Brown and Owen Jones.

MONEY: Money might be one of humanity’s most important inventions, so why is it so difficult to define? Economist Barry Eichengreen discusses past economic collapses and the implications of future financial reforms, while journalist John Lanchester explores the idea that we’re moving towards a whole new conception of the economy.

FOOD: At least in London, our diets are radically different from those our grandparents enjoyed. What will we pile on our plates a few decades from now? Will we even use plates? Or eat? Futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye and chocolatier Paul A Young explore the sweetshop of the future and other foodie themes.

VIRTUAL REALITY: Technology has finally caught up with the concept of immersive simulation. Plug in to the Neurosis virtual thrill ride, created by Middlesex University, which uses neurological feedback to “transport, twist and twirl you through a psychedelic landscape”.

DIGITAL SENSES: City University Professor Adrian Cheok is developing ways to transmit sensory experiences over the internet.

MUSIC: Ensemble BitterSuite and Tanya Auclair provide a multi-sensory set, in which you can taste, feel and smell the music. Meanwhile Adam Harper considers how technology might affect the future of music composition.

FUTURE AFRICA: Lagos and Johannesburg are rapidly growing into world hubs of technology. Find out more about Africa’s emerging creative sectors.

DRINK: The future of cocktails is safe in the hands of Mr Lyan (Ryan Chetiyawardana), creator of Hoxton’s much admired White Lyan bar.

Other star speakers and performers include George Clinton, John Ronson, John Lanchester and Helen Lewis.

Sunday Speaker at Marlborough College Malaysia

Adrian David Cheok, who is setting up a new research lab in Iskandar, treated the boarders to an excellent Sunday morning talk. He spoke about research in human-computer interfaces and developing new types of communication environments using all the senses, including touch, taste, and smell. One of the innovations was clothing that could reproduce a human hug, which could be sent remotely. Gary Tan and Syafiqah Amir Hamzah volunteered to describe their experience when smells were directed to a mobile phone, and Marielle Lee put herself forward bravely to try the taste test sent by computer. The ramifications for the future enthralled the pupils.

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Adrian Cheok with Marlborough College Malaysia Master Robert B Pick and Master Mark McVeigh, Deputy Head

Adrian Cheok Keynote Speaker of Netgames 2014, Nagoya, Japan


NetGames 2014

Nagoya, Japan, December 4th-5th, 2014

Keynote: Everysense Everywhere Human Communication

Adrian D. Cheok (City University London, UK)

Date: Dec 4th, 9.30 – 10.30am

Abstract: This talk outlines new facilities that are arising in the hyperconnected internet era within human media spaces. This allows new embodied interaction between humans, species, and computation both socially and physically, with the aim of novel interactive communication and entertainment. Humans can develop new types of communication environments using all the senses, including touch, taste, and smell, which can increase support for multi-person multi-modal interaction and remote presence. In this talk, we present an alternative ubiquitous computing environment and space based on an integrated design of real and virtual worlds. We discuss some different research prototype systems for interactive communication, culture, and play.

Speaker at the Festival of the Mind, University of Sheffield

Festival of the Mind is a collaboration between the city and the University of Sheffield. It’s an 11-day festival where we share our most exciting research in inspiring and creative ways. The 2014 festival will take place 18-28 September in Sheffield.

Adrian David Cheok will the one of the “X-Lecture” speakers.


Sparklab’s  Demo Day in Korea – Launch of RingU Version 1.0

On April 7th 2014 FeelU team members Adrian David Cheok, Jimmy Kim, Alex Namkung, Frank Meehan, Yongsoon Choi, and Jordan Tewell met up in Korea to give presentation and live demo of our product, Ring*U, to an audience on April 9th at Olleh Square in central Seoul. The event was organized by our investor in Korea, Spark Labs, for means of launching their sponsored startup companies. Seven teams along with FeelU pitched our idea to potential investors and collaborators attending the event. This was our first public reveal for Ring*U and our “one-to-many” and “many-to-one” user business model approach. We showed off the new latest prototype which featured full Bluetooth connectivity with our RingU app and a ring design that completely enclosed our hardware, a huge step forward from our older external box prototype.

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During the demo FeelU developers Jordan and Yongsoon took the stage and pretended to miss each other terribly. Then they showed how Ring*U could allow them to intimately communicate to show their feelings toward each other. Although the demo showed Jordan and Yongsoon in close proximity to each other, our demo could of worked just as well if Jordan had been in London. The demo was successful and it seemed we gathered much interest from the audience. We were even interviewed by a pair of journalists.

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The next step is to get a second stage of investment money to outsource the research and development to condense our hardware into something that can fit in a smaller, more fashionable ring. Our team is currently working on a revision of the demoed prototype to fix bugs and reduce the size further so we can use it in experiments planned in the future.

We had quite the welcome in Korea with our investor Jimmy Kim joining us for fabulous Korean pizza and a night out in Seoul. We thank him and Spark Labs for their tremendous support of our project and continue to look forward to the development of Ring*U toward our goal of releasing it later this year.

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City to stage Circus for the Senses

Professor of Pervasive Computing, Professor Adrian Cheok, will showcase his path-breaking work on the multi-sensory internet from 9th to 11th June at the Natural History Museum during Universities Week 2014.

30 May 2014

City University London will be staging a Circus for the Senses at the National History Museum during Universities Week 2014.

The City stand will literally give visitors a feel and taste for the brave new world of Professor Adrian Cheok’s multi-sensory internet. It will feature the Scentee device which connects to a smartphone and emits the smell of one’s favourite meal. Also on display will be the first ever telehug ring and a digitally actuated lollipop to stimulate the taste buds.


Professor Cheok, who is a Professor of Pervasive Computing in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, is the founder and director of the Mixed Reality Lab.

He joined City last August from Keio University, Japan, where he was a professor in its Graduate School of Media Design. He has also previously been a senior academic at the National University of Singapore, and has worked in real-time systems, soft computing, and embedded computing at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Japan. His research covers mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers and ubiquitous computing, fuzzy systems, embedded systems and power electronics.

Professor Cheok’s work was recently featured on the BBC flagship technology programme, Click.

During Universities Week 2014, City joins universities across the UK celebrating their most cutting-edge research. Entrance to the Natural History Museum and City’s Circus for the Senses is free.

Please visit this site for a full programme of events and times for Universities Week 2014.


Adrian David Cheok, speaker on New Scientist panel

Adrian David Cheok, speaker on New Scientist panel on “We can cure heartbreak – but should we?” Join LIVE on YouTube 14 Feb at noon ET/5 pm GMT



Larry Young, Emory University

Julie Carpenter, University of Washington

Brian Earp, University of Oxford

Adrian David Cheok, City University London.


Joined by moderator, Flora Graham, who is based in the New Scientist headquarters in London


Join public Hangout discussion live:

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Adrian Cheok Speaker at EU Event in Brussels – Ethics in the Digital World – A Closer Look at Clouds, Big Data and the Internet of Things



Event: Ethics in the Digital World – A Closer Look at Clouds, Big Data and the Internet of Things

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: Registration and welcome drink 15.00, seminar 15:30 – 17:00, mingle until 19:00
Venue: L’Atelier, 28 rue Franklin, 1000 Brussels

Confirmed Speakers

  • Nicole Dewandre, Advisor for societal issues to the Director General, DG CONNECT, EU Commission
  • Peter Warren and Jane Whyatt, Technology journalists and authors of the report Making the Digital World Ethical
  • Dr Murray Shanahan, Professor of Cognitive Robotics, Imperial College London
  • Dr Adrian Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing, London’s City University
  • Moderator: Per Strömbäck, Editor Netopia

Please RSVP to Seats are limited.

The emergence of the cloud services, big data and the internet of things could be one of the greatest boons to humankind in history, enabling a paradigm-shift in quality of life. The bad news is that there could be a downside. The development has profound implications for us in terms of surveillance, privacy and consumer rights.

  • Will we humans remain in control of the process, or will the process begin to control us?
  • Where do human rights such as privacy stand?
  • Can or should a system of ethics be imposed on computer software and the internet of things itself?
  • Are existing legal frameworks and approaches able to adapt to the coming machine age?
  • What rules will govern the makers of the machines and the ‘Lords of the Clouds’?

In the midst of the complex and often exciting technical changes that are being developed to help the human condition, we should ensure that humanity itself is not left out of the equation. Netopia invites to an afternoon of discussion, report presentation and mingle.

Seminar Multisensory Internet Communication and Virtual Love Chaired by Sir Peter Williams CBE, Speakers Adrian David Cheok and David Levy

Love and sex with robots seminar


Seminar details:

26 November 2013

Event time: 6:00 – 7:20pm

Drinks reception: 7:20pm – 8:00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle, London NW1 4QP

Organised by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

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Multisensory Internet Communication and Virtual Love

The era of hyperconnected internet allows for new embodied interaction between humans, animals and computers, leading to new forms of social and physical expression. The technologies being developed will in the future augment or mix the real world together with the virtual world. Humans will be able to experience new types of communication environments using all of the senses, where we can see virtual objects in the real environment, virtually touch someone from a distance away, and smell and taste virtual food. Our physical world will be augmented with sensors connected to the internet, buildings and physical spaces, cars, clothes and even our bodies. During the seminar, we will discuss some different research prototype systems for interactive communication, culture, and play. This merging of computing with the physical world may lead to us developing personal feelings for computers, machines and robots, which we will discuss in the second part of the seminar. In the second part, we will be inviting the audience to join us in an exploration of the limits of artificial intelligence. What will it mean for society when artificial intelligence researchers succeed in creating sophisticated artificial personalities, artificial emotions and artificial consciousness? When robots are also endowed with the ability to recognize what we say and what we mean, will they be able to carry on interesting, amusing, intelligent and friendly, even loving conversations with us? How will humans react to this new breed of “person” that can say “I love you” and mean it? These are some of the questions that will touch on the possibility of love, sex and marriage with robots.


About the contributors

Professor Adrian David Cheok Professor Adrian David Cheok is Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London and Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab. His background is in Engineering, and he gained his PhD at the University of Adelaide in 1999. After working at the National University of Singapore and Mitsubishi Electric in Japan, he became Professor at Keio University in the Graduate School of Media Design. His research is concerned with mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers, pervasive and ubiquitous computing. He is a recipient of many awards and prizes, including the Hitachi Fellowship, the Microsoft Research Award in Gaming and Graphics and the SIP Distinguished Fellow Award, and was designated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. Professor Cheok often discusses his work on media outlets such as the BBC, CNN and the Discovery Channel, and also works as Editor in Chief of three academic journals, one of which is Lovotics: Academic Studies of Love and Friendship with Robots.


Dr David Levy Dr David Levy is President of the International Computer Games Association, and CEO of the London based company Intelligent Toys Ltd. He graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1967, and moved into the world of business, professional chess playing and writing. He has written more than thirty books on chess, and was awarded the International Master title by FIDE, the World Chess Federation in 1969. In 1968, David started a bet with four Artificial Intelligence professors that he would not lose a chess match against a computer program within ten years. He won that bet. Since 1977 David has been involved in the development of many chess playing and other programs for consumer electronic products. David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence has expanded beyond computer games into other areas of AI, including human-computer conversation, and in 1997 he led the team that won the Loebner Prize competition in New York, which he won again in 2009. His fiftieth book, Love and Sex with Robots, was published in November 2007, shortly after he was awarded a PhD by the University of Maastricht for his thesis entitled Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners.


Sir Peter Williams CBE (chair)
Sir Peter Williams CBE is the Chairman of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, and has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has previously served as Honorary Treasurer and Vice President of the Royal Society, Chairman of the National Physical Laboratory, Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Chairman and Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments plc, Deputy Chief Executive of VG Instruments Ltd., Master of St. Catherine’s College Oxford, Chairman of Trustees of the Science Museum and Chairman of the Engineering & Technology Board. He has advised Government on issues of science and education, including the ‘Williams Review’ of primary mathematics in 2008 and in 2010 was a member of an international review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the UN Secretary General. He was knighted in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Keynote Speech at Immersive Media Experiences 2013 “Multisensory Mixed Reality with Smell and Taste” Adrian David Cheok

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