Wisteria: Incarnation of Human Emotion and Cognition in Space Using Artificial Intelligence

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About the project
Wisteria is an extension of its visitors’ mind. It is an emotive intelligent installation that performs real-time responses to people’s emotions, based on biological and neurological data. We integrated artificial intelligence, wearable technology, sensory environment, and adaptive architecture to let the occupants change the installation using their minds. Here, space is filled with a forest of fabric shrouds suspended from the ceiling. Upon sensing the presence of occupants, using a programmable material (shape-memory-alloy), the shrouds begin to fluctuate, expanding and contracting the volume of the space. The atmospheric qualities of the space are determined by the occupant’s emotions detected in real-time using smart wearables and affective computing algorithms developed by us. This system translates a set of biometrics (e.g. heart rate, blood volume, temperature) into emotional categories and changes the shape, light, and color of the space accordingly to moderate the emotion.

Pullman, Washington, the USA

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Applicant and authors of the project
Mona Ghandi.
Architect, researcher, and educator graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an assistant professor of architecture and the director of the Morphogenesis Lab at Washington State University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the Architecture of Emotive Intelligence which examines the role of AI, machine learning, robotics, and adaptive architecture in improving sustainability, well-being, and justice and equity in buildings.
Project by Mona Ghandi, Mohamed Ismail, Marcus Blaisdell.

Other participants
This work was supported by the WSU Office of Research New Faculty SEED Grant. Part of the research was supported by IAAC + Autodesk BUILDers in Residence.
Fabrication: Mohamade Ismail, Shanle Lin, Marcus Blaisdell
Programming & Electrical: Marcus Blaisdell, Sal Bagaveyev
Cinematography: Nicole Liu, Mohamed Ismail
Photo credits: Mona Ghandi