MINT research team @ CRIStAL, Université de Lille

Recent projects


The MINT team focuses on gestural interaction, i.e. the use of gesture for human-computer interaction (HCI). The New Oxford American Dictionary defines gesture as a movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning. In the particular context of HCI, we are more specifically interested in movements that a computing system can sense and respond to. A gesture can thus be seen as a function of time into a set of sensed dimensions that might include but are not limited to positional information (the pressure exerted on a contact surface being an example of non-positional dimension).

Simple pointing gestures have long been supported by interactive graphics systems and the advent of robust and affordable sensing technologies has somewhat broadened their use of gestures. Swiping, rotating and pinching gestures are now commonly supported on touch-sensitive devices, for example. Yet the expressive power of the available gestures remains limited. The increasing diversity and complexity of computer-supported activities calls for more powerful gestural interactions. Our goal is to foster the emergence of these new interactions, to further broaden the use of gesture by supporting more complex operations. We are developing the scientific and technical foundations required to facilitate the design, implementation and evaluation of these interactions. Our interests include:

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MINT @ IHM 2023

A collaboration with Detjon Brahimaj and colleagues of the L2EP was presented as a paper at the French national conference on Human Computer Interaction : IHM 2023.

  • "Cross-modal interaction of stereoscopy, surface deformation and tactile feedback on the perception of texture roughness in an active touch condition" The paper is accessible here.

MINT @ NIME 2023

A performance of the project Vibrating Shapes in collaboration with Sebastien Beaumont and Ivann Cruz, was selected to be presented at the Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2023.

It can be watched on this page !

Artistic collaborations

Three artistic projects that use the revealed augmented reality technology created by the team :

  • The Cyber-Opera Terres Rares, a collaboration with Éolie Songe, was presented at Grand Sud, Lille on September 23rd and 24th.
  • Vibrating Shapes, a collaboration with Muzzix, was presented at the Forum des Sciences on September 25th. Below a glance at the new prototype :
  • La Terre Rêve Encore, an installation based on scenes from Terres Rares, will be presented at Experimenta 2022, on October 20-21-22.

Vincent Reynaert Phd Defense

Vincent Reynaert successfully defended his PhD on the "Study of Arm Fatigability during Mid-Air Gestual Interactions In Virtual Reality"

Congratulations Vincent !

MINT @ Interact 2021

Vincent Reynaert will be presenting a paper entitled The Effect of Rhythm in Mid-air Gestures on the User Experience in Virtual Reality at INTERACT 2021.