Humlab 10 year celebration – Come try out some of our tools!

Lund University Humanities Lab, Hands-on demos at the Museum:

  • Can using your gaze instead of a mouse improve your gaming skills?
  • Do you have an eye for art?
  • Are you as good a writer as you think?
  • Can you create a 3D copy of a sculpture?
  • How did a rich banker in Pomepeii decorate?

Lund University Humanities Lab, inaugurated in 2007, is a unique research facility that provides humanists, theologians, but also researchers from other disciplines at LU access to advanced research technology, methodology and education. The Lab gives humanists completely new opportunities to supplement traditional working methods with quantitative analytical methods and tools. It also opens up new opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation.

The lab has everything from apparatus that allows us to measure eye movements and brain activity to audio, music and professional recording equipment. The approximately 500 researchers using the lab study everything from coordination in a choir to 3D models of archaeological findings to how the brain reacts to language learning in children and adults.

To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we will demo some of our facilities and examples of research at Skissernas Museum. Here, the general public will be able to manually test part of the research equipment (eg eye movement measurement, key stroke logging, and 3D virtual reality models).


Can using your gaze instead of a mouse improve your gaming skills? 

Eye movements have long been used to interact with a computer, for instance instead of using a mouse. In this demo you will test the classic Atari game Breakout. Instead of the using the mouse, the paddle at the bottom or the screen will be controlled with your eyes. Will gaze play improve your game?

Do you have an eye for art?

Research from the 1960s shows that people typically look at a rather small part of an image and revisit the same areas repetitively. In this demo you will look at well-known paintings and an eye tracker will reveal exactly where you look. Perhaps your eye movements will reveal the mysteries of Mona Lisa?

Are you as good a writer as you think?

Keystroke logging is a method for investigating the writing process in real time. We can replay everything the writer did: movements, deletions, changes and pauses. By combining it with eyetracking it is further possible to see when (or if!) the writer reads her own text. In this demo you will be able to try keystroke logging. Who do you think delete most of their texts – beginners or skilled writers?

Can you create a 3D copy of a sculpture?

3d-scannings allow us to record objects in three dimensions and create a digital copy. Such a copy can easily be shared between researchers from all over the world as well as being used in virtual exhibitions. In this demo you can try and 3d-scan one of the sculptures from Skissernas museum.

How did a rich banker in Pomepeii decorate?

A Swedish archaeological project has been working in one of the city blocks of Pompeii for several years, carefully documenting and investigating every aspect of the buildings. Terrestrial laser scanners allow us to create virtual copies of architectural structures. One such structure is a house in Pompeii. In this demo you can see what the hourse looks like today and what it looked like 2000 years ago using a headmounted display and a smartphone.


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