Dr Massimiliano (Max) Di Luca

Massimiliano (Max) Di Luca

School of Psychology
Senior Lecturer in Computational Neuroscience

Contact details

Address
School of Psychology
Hills Building 2.04
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Max Di Luca - Research in 60 seconds videoDr Di Luca investigates the mechanisms of human perception using psychophysical methods and computational modeling. The goal of his research is to understand how the brain progressively builds the perception of the environment by picking up information through actions and by integrating sensations over time.

Personal website: http://massimilianodiluca.info/

Qualifications

  • 2000, Laurea in Psychology, Università di Trieste, Italy
  • 2006, PhD in Cognitive Science, Brown University, USA

Teaching

  • 2016-2017 Mind, Brain, and Models 
  • 2014-2015 Mind, Brain, and Models
  • 2014-2015 Foundations of CNCR 
  • 2013-2014 Mind, Brain, and Models
  • 2013-2014 Foundations of CNCR 
  • 2012-2013 Mind, Brain, and Models

Postgraduate supervision

Max Di Luca’s research interests are within the field of human perception with the goal of understanding how the brain combines multisensory information for perception and action. Dr Di Luca is especially interested in capturing the temporal properties of multisensory processing and to model the computations performed in obtaining a percept. For this, Dr Di Luca uses psychophysical methods, signal processing, Bayesian modeling, and a wide range of technological tools. Current research covers several areas of perception and action:

Perception of temporal properties
Temporal factors in multisensory integration
Visual-haptic interaction
Perceptual recalibration
3D shape perception

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Fornaciai, M & Di Luca, M 2020, 'Causality shifts the perceived temporal order of audio-visual events', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000754

Roberts, R, Loomes, A, Allen, H, Di Luca, M & Wing, A 2020, 'Contact forces in roughness discrimination', Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1, 5108 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-61943-x

Van Beek, FE, King, RJ, Brown, C, Di Luca, M & Keller, S 2020, 'Static weight perception through skin stretch and kinesthetic information: detection thresholds, JNDs, and PSEs', IEEE Transactions on Haptics. https://doi.org/10.1109/TOH.2020.3009599

Sarac, M, Okamura, AM & Luca, MD 2019, 'Effects of Haptic Feedback on the Wrist during Virtual Manipulation', arXiv preprint arXiv:1108.0673.

Conference contribution

Di Luca, M, Seifi, H, Egan, S & Gonzalez-Franco, M 2021, Locomotion Vault: the Extra Mile in Analyzing VR Locomotion Techniques. in Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Di Luca, M, de Grosbois, J, King, R & Ziat, M 2020, The Predictive Perception of Dynamic Vibrotactile Stimuli Applied to the Fingertip*. in 2020 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS). https://doi.org/10.1109/HAPTICS45997.2020.ras.HAP20.9.699b3778

de Grosbois, J, Di Luca, M, King, R, Parise, C & Ziat, M 2019, Exogenous cueing of visual attention using small, directional, tactile cues applied to the fingertip. in 2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC)., 8816122, IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 455-460, IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19. https://doi.org/10.1109/WHC.2019.8816122

Sarac, M, Okamura, AM & Di Luca, M 2019, Haptic Sketches on the Arm for Manipulation in Virtual Reality. in world haptics conference. IEEE World Haptics Conference.

Di Luca, M & Mahnan, A 2019, Perceptual limits of visual-haptic simultaneity for virtual object contact. in 2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC). IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 67-72, IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19. https://doi.org/10.1109/WHC.2019.8816173

Kawazoe, A, Di Luca, M & Visell, Y 2019, Tactile echoes: a wearable system for tactile augmentation of objects. in 2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC). IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 359-364, IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19. https://doi.org/10.1109/WHC.2019.8816099

van Beek, F, King, R, Brown, C & Di Luca, M 2019, The contributions of skin stretch and kinesthetic information to static weight perception. in 2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC). IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 235-240, IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19. https://doi.org/10.1109/WHC.2019.8816073

Lin, L, Normoyle, A, Adkins, A, Sun, Y, Robb, A, Ye, Y, Di Luca, M & Joerg, S 2019, The effect of hand size and interaction modality on the virtual hand illusion. in Proceedings of the IEEE Virtual Reality 2019 Conference. IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 510 - 518, IEEE VR 2019, Osaka, Japan, 23/03/19.

de Grosbois, J, King, R, Di Luca, M, Parise, C & Ziat, M 2019, The frequency of tactile adaptation systematically biases subsequent frequency identification. in 2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC). IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 295-300, IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19. https://doi.org/10.1109/WHC.2019.8816121

Patent

Di Luca, M, 62/812,967.

Keller, S, Trutna, T, Benko, H, King, R, Stanley, A & Di Luca, M Jul. 11 2019, Methods, devices, and systems for creating localized haptic stimulations on a user, Patent No. US 2019/0212824 A1. <http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2019/0212824.html>

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