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/

From July 2017, Dr Di Luca will be on secondment leave at Facebook (Oculus).

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

Noel, J-P, Samad, M, Doxon, A, Clark, J, Keller, S & Di Luca, M 2018, 'Peri-personal space as a prior in coupling visual and proprioceptive signals', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 15819. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-33961-3

Scalera, L, Seriani, S, Gallina, P, Di Luca, M & Gasparetto, A 2018, 'An experimental setup to test dual-joystick directional responses to vibrotactile stimuli', IEEE Transactions on Haptics, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 378-387. https://doi.org/10.1109/TOH.2018.2804391

Fornaciai, M, Markouli, E & Di Luca, M 2018, 'Modality-specific temporal constraints for state-dependent interval timing', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, no. 1, 10043. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28258-4

Li, M & Di Luca, M 2018, 'Musical Scales in Tone Sequences Improve Temporal Accuracy', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 9, 105. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00105

Conference contribution

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, 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 IEEE World Haptics. IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19.

Di Luca, M & Mahnan, A 2019, Perceptual limits of visual-haptic simultaneity for virtual object contact. in IEEE World Haptics. IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19.

Kawazoe, A, Di Luca, M & Visell, Y 2019, Tactile Echoes: A Wearable System for Tactile Augmentation of Objects. in IEEE World Haptics. IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19.

van Beek, F, King, R, Brown, C & Di Luca, M 2019, The contributions of skin stretch and kinesthetic information to static weight perception. in IEEE World haptics. IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19.

de Grosbois, J, King, R, Di Luca, M, Parise, C & Ziat, M 2019, The frequency of vibrotactile adaptation systematically biases subsequent frequency identification. in IEEE World Haptics. IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 9/07/19.

Canales, R, Normoyle, A, Sun, Y, Ye, Y, Di Luca, M & Joerg, S 2019, Visual grasping feedback and the virtual hand ownership. in Symposium of Applied Perception.

Schwind, V, Lin, L, Di Luca, M, Joerg, S & Hillis, J 2018, Touch with foreign hands: the effect of virtual hand appearance on visual-haptic integration. in SAP '18 Proceedings of the 15th ACM Symposium on Applied Perception., 9, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 15th ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, Vancouver, Canada, 10/08/18. https://doi.org/10.1145/3225153.3225158

Scalera, L, Seriani, S, Gallina, P, Di Luca, M & Gasparetto, A 2018, Experimental evaluation of vibrotactile training mappings for dual-joystick directional guidance. in D Prattichizzo, H Shinoda, HZ Tan, E Ruffaldi & A Frisoli (eds), Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications: 11th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2018, Pisa, Italy, June 13-16, 2018, Proceedings, Part II. vol. 10894, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 10894, Springer, pp. 575-586. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93399-3_49

Scalera, L, Seriani, S, Gallina, P, Di Luca, M & Gasparetto, A 2017, An experimental setup to test dual-joystick directional responses to vibrotactile stimuli. in World Haptics Conference (WHC), 2017 IEEE. IEEE Xplore, 2017 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), Furstenfeldbruck (Munich), Germany, 6/06/17. https://doi.org/10.1109/WHC.2017.7989879

Patent

Keller, S, Trutna, T, Benko, H, King, R, Stanley, A & Di Luca, M 2019, Methods, devices, and systems for creating localized haptic stimulations on a user, Patent No. US 2019/0212824 A1.

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