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Dr Brigitta Zics, Deputy Head at the Department of Postgraduate Studies, and Carl Smith, Principal Fellow and Director of Learning Technology Research Centre, will each give a keynote at the Wearable Technology Show which will be held at ExCeL London between 15 - 16 March 2016.

Brigitta's keynote address, Wearable Histories: From Utopia Towards New Realities, will explore the history of innovations that have challenged the boundaries of how we perceive reality and will discuss the reasoning behind our aspirations to do so. Illustrated by a pool of inspiring and ground breaking works, the talk will guide the audience through a journey of how utopian ideas become a partial reality of the information age. The critical question is what strand of augmentation is worth pursuing?

Carl's keynote, Context Engineering Performance Augmentation using Hybrid Transformative Technologies, will investigate hybrid transformative technologies and techniques that combine the affordances of the analogue with the digital to enable a new era of Hyper Function, Sensory Augmentation and Perceptual Adaptation. Context Engineering gives us new abilities, control over our senses and the ability to develop new forms of performance augmentation. In this session we will explore methodologies that help us see, hear, and feel our environments in new and enriched ways. The newly funded Horizon 2020 project '[WEKIT] Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training’ will use the latest in wearable and motion tracking technology to create ‘wearable experience’ - an entirely new form of media.

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