TAMU Embodied Interaction Lab (TEILab)

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TEILab Focus

TEILab focuses on interaction research based on the premise that humans are embodied beings. Essentially, if the human mind is 'designed' to function in a physical, spatial, temporal, and social world, how do we account for such higher-level thinking as abstraction, learning, creativity, self-identity, and motivation. For Human-Computer Interaction research, our question becomes how one might design technology to support such higher-level functions around the principles of human embodiment. TEILab explores these questions with our collaborators in a variety of areas, most prominently in human learning and creativity nurture, learning/reading support for individuals with blindness or severe visual impairment, multimodal analysis of human communication, and general human experience.

Major Recent and Upcoming Activities

  • We are nearing the end of the first year of working with grade 3-5 students in Neal Elementary School on our NSF-supported "Making the Maker" project. On April 21, 2016, students and teachers from Neal Elementary and the Superintendent of Bryan Independent School District came to the Texas A&M Campus to present their projects and learning to TAMU faculty and students.
  • We just concluded two successful "Making the Maker" workshops/studies on December 6 and 13 where children created lighted stories where children employed electronics-infused artwork to construct multi-media stories in our "Maker Theater". The stories are on our YouTube channel (or just go to our YouTube Playlist).
  • Our next studies will be on January 24 and 31. Parents can register their 8 - 10 year-old children for the workshop/study at [Making the Maker]. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required by emailing Sharon Chu


  • We received a new NSF grant on study physical enactment of imagination as a means to support expressive writing,. EXP: To Enact, To Tell, To Write: A Bridge to Expressive Writing through Digital Enactment
  • Prof Sharon Chu and Prof Francis Quek gives an invited keynote at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology event on Teaching and Making on August 20, 2016.
  • Prof F. Quek gives the closing plenary keynote at Fablearn Europe on June 20, 2016 in Preston UK. Title of talk: "Making in the Classroom: The Rationale, the Challenge, and the Imperative.
  • We received a new grant EAGER: Making in the Colonias: Motivating STEM Participation through Making as Micro-Manufacture from a proposal in response to the National Science Foundation Dear Colleague letter on Making and Education.
  • We received a new grant CHS: Small: Connecting Across Distances: Emotional Support for At-Risk Individuals through Remote Touch from the National Science Foundation, Cyber-Human Systems Program
  • We have released our Making the Maker website: "http://MakingtheMaker.tamu.edu'" that serves as the face of the project. Educators and researchers can go to the site for information of how they may incorporate our research and approach in their own work and teaching
  • Paper appears in ToCHI, a flagship journal of Human-Computer Interaction
Ji-Sun Kim, Denis Gračanin, Taeyoung Yang, and Francis Quek. 2015. Action-Transferred Navigation Technique Design Approach Supporting Human Spatial Learning. "ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI)" 22, 6, Article 30 (September 2015), 42 pages. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2811258
  • Paper garners Outstanding Paper Award at the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction: ICMI
Elglaly, Y. and Quek, F., “Digital Reading Support for The Blind by Multimodal Interaction,” Accepted in ACM International Conference of Multimodal Interaction, Awarded Outstanding Paper Award, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014 (acceptance rate: 18% for oral presentations).
Chu, S., Quek, F., and Tanenbaum, J., “Performative Authoring: Nurturing Storytelling in Children through Imaginative Enactment,” International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS), Istanbul Turkey, 2013. (Awarded Best Paper of Conference Honors).

In the News

  • 21st April, 2016: Neal Elementary School students with whom we have worked for nearly a year visited the Texas A&M University Campus to present their science to TAMU administrators, faculty, and students. KBTX TV came to the event and did a news spot: Bryan students engage with Texas A&M for hands-on learning