Patricia Cornelio

Research Engineer at Ultraleap under the Future Leaders Fellowship grant

About me

I am a Research Engineer at Ultraleap under the Future Leaders Fellowship grant. I previously worked as a research fellow in Multisensory Experiences at the University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC).

I obtained a PhD in Informatics at the Interact Lab from the University of Sussex under the supervision from Prof Sriram Subramanian. Before starting my PhD, I obtained a MSc degree in Electronics Engineering in 2014 and a BSc degree in Electronics Engineering in 2010 at the National Institute of Technology of Mexico.

My principal research area lies on the field of Human-Computer Interaction and I am passionate about the human senses. My research work mixes elements of psychology and computer science to advance the understanding of how the human senses can be included in our interaction with technology.

Research Interests

The Sense of Smell

Our sense of smell has a proven effect on our emotions and is often referred to as emotional system. In light of the power of smell for influencing our experiences. I am interested in integrating olfactory signals as a novel interaction modality for creating more emotionally engaging experiences in Virtual Reality.

The Sense of Agency

The Sense of Agency (SoA) is crucial in our interaction with technology, it refers to the feeling of ‘I did that’ as opposed to ‘the system did that’ supporting a feeling of being in control. I am interested on exploring techniques to delegate agency between humans and systems in an increasing digital world.

Multisensory Integration

We experience the world through all our senses. Physical distancing has accelerated our digital transformation at work and home, thus resulting in an increased need for human-computer symbiosis. I am interested in exploring how to involve all human senses  to augment virtual tasks with multisensory experiences. 

Selected Publications

It Sounds Cool: Exploring Sonification of Mid-Air Haptic Textures Exploration on Texture Judgments, Body Perception, and Motor Behaviour

Roberto Montano-Murillo, Dario Pittera, William Frier, Orestis Georgiou, Marianna Obrist, Patricia Cornelio.

Responsible Innovation of Touchless Haptics: A Prospective Design Exploration in Social Interaction

Patricia Cornelio, Stephen Hughes, Orestis Georgiou, William Frier, Martin Maunsbach, Madhan Kumar Vasudevan, Marianna Obrist.

Virtually tasty: An investigation of the effect of ambient lighting and 3D-shaped taste stimuli on taste perception in virtual reality

Patricia Cornelio, Christopher Dawes, Emanuela Maggioni, Francisco Bernardo, Matti Schwalk, Michaela Mai, Steve Pawlizak, Jingxin Zhang, Gabriele Nelles, Nadejda Krasteva, Marianna Obris

International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, 2022.

Opportunities for Multisensory Mid-Air Interactions Featuring Ultrasound Haptic Feedback

The sense of agency in emerging technologies for human-computer integration: A review

Patricia Cornelio, Patrick Haggard, Kasper Hornbaek, Orestis Georgiou, Joanna Bergström, and Marianna Obrist. Frontiers in Neuroscience. April 29, 2021.

Multisensory Integration as per Technological Advances: A review

Patricia Cornelio, Carlos Velasco and Marianna Obrist. Frontiers in Neuroscience. April 29, 2021.

Sniff Before You Act: Exploration of Scent-Feature As-sociations for Designing Future Interactions

Giada Brianza, Patricia Cornelio, Emanuela Maggioni and Marianna Obrist. The 18th International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction. INTERACT 2021 Aug 30 – Sep 3, 2021. Bari, Italy.

SmellControl: The Study of Sense of Agency in Smell

Patricia Cornelio, Emanuela Maggioni, Giada Brianza, Sriram Subramanian and Marianna Obrist. The 22nd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. Oct 25-29, 2020. Utrecht, the Netherlands. Best paper award.

Examining the Sense of Agency in Human-Computer Interaction

Patricia Cornelio-Martinez.

PhD Thesis

University of Sussex

Drift-Correction Techniques for Scale-Adaptive VR Navigation

Roberto A. Montano-Murillo, Patricia Cornelio-Martinez, Sriram Subramanian and Diego Martinez-Plasencia. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2019), October 20 – 23, 2019. New Orleans, USA.

Beyond the Libet Clock: Modality Variants for Agency Measurements

Patricia Cornelio-Martinez, Emanuela Maggioni, Kasper Hornbæk, Marianna Obrist, Sriram Subramanian. CHI 2018: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. April 21-26, 2018. Montréal, Canada.  

Agency in Mid-air Interfaces

Patricia Cornelio-Martinez, Silvana De Pirro, Chi Thanh Vi and Sriram Subramanian. CHI 2017: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. May 6-11, 2017. Denver, CO, USA.



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