Mirjana Prpa

Affiliations: Simon Fraser University, SIAT
Position: PhD candidate
Graduation:  expected Summer 2020
Interests: Virtual Reality, Micro-Phenomenology, User Experience
Email: mprpa@sfu.ca
Website: http://madzie.com/
Current projects: Respire
Past projects: Pulse Breath Water Solar State.Scape
CV: Mirjana_Prpa_Academic_CV_2020

 

Mirjana Prpa, is an artist, an architect, researcher and designer of virtual reality experiences. She utilizes the immersive virtual reality to elicit experiences of attending to self, shifting participants’ focus from the noise of ongoing distractions to mindfulness reflection, in a paradoxical interplay of using technology to undo the effects of the long-term technology use. Currently, she is conducting this work as a Ph.D. candidate at SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology in Vancouver, Canada.

Keywords: Technology as Experience, Affective Computing, Interaction Design, User Experience, Micro-Phenomenology, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Interactive Arts.

Upcoming conference presentations:  CHI 2020, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi : program TBA

Publications

2020                  Prpa, M., Stepanova, E.R., Schiphorst,T., Riecke, B.E., & Pasquier, P., “Inhaling and Exhaling: How Technologies Can Perceptually Extend our Breath Awareness” to be presented at CHI’20, April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

supplementary material: 31 breath-based interactive systems_matrix

2020                 Prpa, M., Fdili-Alaoui,S., Schiphorst,T., & Pasquier, P., “Articulating Experience: Reflections from Experts Applying Micro-Phenomenology to Design Research in HCI” (a Best Paper Award, CHI 2020)

2019                  Prpa, M., & Pasquier, P., “Brain-Computer Interfaces in Contemporary Art: A State of the Art and Taxonomy.” In Brain Art: Brain-Computer Interfaces for Artistic Expression, edited by Anton Nijholt, 65–115. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2019.

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2019                  Tatar, K., Prpa, M., & Pasquier, P. (2018) Respire: Virtual Reality Art with Musical Agent Guided by Respiratory Interaction. Leonardo Music Journal, 29, 19-24.

2018                  Prpa, M., Tatar, K., Schiphorst, T., & Pasquier, P. (2018) Respire: a Breath Away from the Experience in Virtual Environment, art CHI 2018, Extended Abstract

2018                  Prpa, M., & Pasquier, P. (2018)  BCI art: brain computer interfaces in contemporary art, BCI workshop CHI 2018, Extended Abstract

2018                  Kitson, A., Prpa, M., & Riecke, B. E. (2018) Immersive Interactive Technologies for Positive Change: A Systematic Review and Design Considerations,  Frontiers in Psychology, section Human-Media Interaction

2018                  Prpa, M.,Tatar, K., Françoise, J.,Riecke, B. E., Schiphorst, T., & Pasquier, P. (2018) Attending to Breath: Evaluating how the cues in virtual environment guide the attention to breath and shape the quality of experience to support mindfulness. Full paper presented at DIS 2018

2017                  Prpa, M.,Tatar, K., Riecke, B. E., & Pasquier, P. (2017). The Pulse Breath Water System: Exploring Breathing as an Embodied Interaction for Enhancing the Affective Potential of Virtual Reality. Full paper, HCI International, July 2017.

2015                  Prpa, M., Cochrane,K., & Riecke, B. E.(2015). Hacking alternatives in 21st century: Designing bio- responsive virtual environment for stress reduction. Short paper, MindCare Symposium, Milan, Italy, September 2015.

2015                  Prpa, M., Riecke, B. E., & Miucin, S. (2015). State.scape: a brain as an experience generator. Short paper accepted to ISEA 2015, Vancouver, Canada

2014                  Jordan, J. D., Prpa, M., Feuereissen, D., & Riecke, B. E. (2014). Comparing the Effectiveness of Stereo Projection vs 3D TV in Inducing Self-Motion Illusions (Vection) (p. 128). Presented at the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception SAP, Vancouver, Canada.

Position Papers & Course Proposals

2018                  Prpa, M., & Pasquier, P. (2018). BCI art: brain computer interfaces in contemporary art position paper, Artistic BCI workshop at CHI 2018

Posters

2017                  Stepanova, E. R., Quesnel, D., Kitson, A., Prpa, M., Riecke, B.E., Virtual Reality as a Tool for Induc- ing and Understanding Transformative Experiences, Psychonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada

2017                  Kitson, A., Prpa, M., & Riecke, B. E., Designing Virtual Environments for Breath Awareness and Eliciting Positive Affective States, 3rd Annual Innovations in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: Virtual Reality and Behavior Change, Stanford, CA, USA

2016                  Prpa, M., Quesnel, D., Kitson, A., Cochrane, K., Vidyarthi, J., & Riecke, B. E., Visuo-Sonic Cradle – Immersive interaction design combining breathing- and neurofeedback to foster meditative states, ICM2016ROME, poster presentation, Rome, Italy

2014                  Prpa, M., Miucin, S., & Riecke, B. E. (2014). Using an EEG-based brain-computer interfaces for a responsive art installation. Poster presented at the ACM Symposium on Computational Aesthetics (CAe), Vancouver, Canada. Retrieved from http://expressive2014.mpi-inf.mpg.de/

2014                  Prpa, M., Miucin, S., & Riecke, B. E. (2014). Towards User Personalized Environments: an Artistic Exploration Using an EEG-Based Brain-Computer Interface,. Poster presented at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) Conference, La Jolla, CA, USA.

Talks & Presentations

2019                  Prpa, M., presentation at the Interface Health CEO Summit, Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 14th.

2018                 Prpa, M., panel presentation, Women in Tech Regatta: The Story of Bleeding-Edge Technologies, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 1st.

2016                 Prpa, M. & Tatar, K., Sound as a mediator in Interactive Arts: Challenges of Interdisciplinarity, Talk at ProMusica Electroacoustic Festival, Vancouver, Canada

2016                Prpa, M.  & Tatar, K., Talk at Chapel Sound Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 21st.

2016                 Prpa, M., Living in a box: potentials and challenges of existence in VR, Talk at Consumer VR (CVR), Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 14th. https://vimeo.com/175143395

2015                 Prpa, M., Hacking alternatives in 21st century: Designing bio-responsive virtual environment for stress reduction Talk presented at IAT805 Research Colloquium Series, Surrey, BC, November 2015.

2014                  Riecke, B. E., Jordan, J. D.,Prpa, M., & Feuereissen, D. (2014). Underlying Perceptual Issues in Vir- tual Reality Systems: Does Display Type Affect Self-Motion Perception? Talk presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Psychonomics), Los Angeles, USA.

Exhibitions

09 2018           Respire, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar, Philippe Pasquier, Digital Carnival, Richmond, Canada

04 2018           Respire, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar, Philippe Pasquier, and Thecla Schiphorst, art CHI 2018, Montreal, Canada

04 2018           Respire, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar, Philippe Pasquier, MWX2018, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

11 2016           Pulse Breath Water, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar, AI advisor:Philippe Pasquier, VR advisor: Bernhard Riecke, at Mutek_IMG -VR Salon, Montreal, Canada

07 2016           P.O.E.M.A, in collaboration with Regina Miranda and Kıvanç Tatar, AI advisor: Philippe Pasquier, VR advisor: Bernhard Riecke, Oi Futuro -Flamengo, Rio 2016 culture programme for Olympics 2016

05 2016           Pulse Breath Water in collab. with Kıvanç Tatar at CVR, Vancouver, Canada

03 2016           Pulse Breath Water, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar scores+traces, One Art Space, NY, USA (group exhibition)

04 2014           StateScape MEDIUM : PLAY Installation Exhibition, CDM, Vancouver(group exhibition)

 

Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants

2020                  SFU/SSHRC Small Research Grant

2018                  KEY Big Data Graduate Scholarship, Simon Fraser University

2017                  SFU/SSHRC Small Research Grant

2016                  Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University

2016                  MLSRI 2016: Research Fellowship

2016                  Movement and Emotion as Computational Interfaces: Research Fellowship

2016                  Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University

2016                  Graduate Award, Simon Fraser University

2015                  Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University

2014                  Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University

2013                  Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University

Recognition & Awards

2018                  Recognition as a Future of Art, Science, and Technology,
Leonardo 50th Anniversary, SIGGRAPH, 2018, Vancouver, Canada

2018                  Listed as one of the Emerging Leonardos in 2018;

2017                  Lumen Prize: Pulse Breath Water Short-listed in AI category 

2017                  Lumen Prize: Pulse Breath Water Long-listed in AI category

 

Professional Development:

09 2017           Micro-phenomenology data analysis training with Claire Petitmengin Paris, France

06  2017          Micro-phenomenology interview training with Claire Petitmengin, Paris, France

06 2016          MLSRI — People, Place, and Practice:

06 2016          Putting Contemplative Studies  into Context, Garrison, NY, USA

06 2016          Movement and Emotion as Computational Interfaces, York University, Toronto

05 2016           movement.futures – May Residency 2016, Emily Carr University, Vancouver

05 2015          May Residency 2015, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Academic Service/Organizing Committees/Advisory Board

2020 AC, DIS’20 (Designing Interactive Systems), Eindhoven, Netherlands

2019 Reviewer, DIS’19 (Designing Interactive Systems), San Diego, USA

2019 Advisory Board member, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative, Simon Fraser University

2016 Poster and Publicity Chair, MindCare, Barcelona, Spain

2015 Poster and Demo Chair, MOCO, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2014-2015 Poster and Demo Chair, Art Talk Chair, ISEA2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Selected Media Coverage

Rethinking VR for the benefit of society: an interview with SFU changemaker and woman in tech, Mirjana Prpa

Leonardo’s 50th Anniversary – Recognition

Mirjana Prpa: Emerging Leonardo, 2018

Mirjana Prpa LED profile

On the cover: A dancer in movement in P.O.E.M.A, 2016. See the free article download in this issue by Kıvanç TatarMirjana Prpa and Philippe Pasquier.