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SIEMPRE: Social Interaction and Entrainment using Music PeRformance Experimentation

(23/07/2013) What are the mechanisms underlying social cognition co-creativity? In order to better understand them, SIEMPRE used art as a means for studying and facing complex phenomena and developped computational models of non-verbal communication, emotion and non-verbal social signals in groups of people.

A deep cross-fertilization between performing arts (music and dance) and science characterize SIEMPRE project. Artists and artistic institutions played a formalised and important role in the scientific research: experiments involved famous artists including the conductor Riccardo Muti and Youth Orchestra Luigi Cherubini, string quartet Quartetto di Cremona, violinist Renaud Capuçon. 

SIEMPRE provides theoretical and methodological frameworks to enable future research and development of novel social interfaces and systems capable to interact socially, to promote prosocial behaviours. For example, SIEMPRE theoretical models and techniques for functional role identification in groups is contributing to novel applications including training and analysis of groups dynamics (e.g., employees groups or candidates) to improve teamwork, media content indexing, and development of active software agents able to support or substitute chairperson in leading meeting. SIEMPRE theoretical models on co-creation and entrainment enable novel research for ICT for education, and for independent living and therapy and rehabilitation. The theoretical models for empathetic mechanisms enable novel applications of embodied companion agents, able to target user affect and triggering emotional contagion.

SIEMPRE has an important impact on the involved scientific communities and is providing a strong impact on current practice in research on emotion and social signals, including new modalities of cooperation among researchers from different areas, and the inclusion of artists and other professionals in the scientific teams.

SIEMPRE results have a potential impact on social well-being, therapy and rehabilitation, independent living, and creating a market for technologies for specific social and cultural purposes, including the valorisation of cultural heritage. Music industry and live music making markets represent a huge potential value for the uptake of the SIEMPRE project results, both in terms of industrial return as well as in terms of enhanced social binding, and values for cultural respect and pride.

SIEMPRE project will be present in ICT2013 conference in Vilnius to show some of the main results obtained, with a particular focus on the measure of physiological and behavioural changes related to emotional response to music.

The SIEMPRE project, coordinated by University of Genova, Genova (Italy), was funded under FET-Open "Challenging Current Thinking" objective and finished on 30 June 2013 (total duration 38 months, EC contribution: 2,151,500 €).

SIEMPRE open platform for multimodal recording and analysis and the large SIEMPRE dataset are freely available to the research community.

SIEMPRE experiments on measures of non-verbal social signals in string quartets (Quartetto di Cremona) and in an orchestra, at Casa Paganini-InfoMus Research Centre.