Sasha Alexdottir is the lead researcher on Phantom Touch in Virtual Reality - the ability to experience sensations of touch in VR without the use of any haptic devices or external stimuli. She has been studying the phenomenon since 2021 and has made discoveries on how the touch illusion can be created virtually. Currently Sasha Alexdottir is researching Phantom Touch in VR further in her PhD work - her field of study also closely looks into the social virtual Metaverse, as well as VR player communication and interaction. Sasha has presented her work on BBC News and BBC radio.
Sasha has obtained her Bachelors degree at Bournemouth University in Computer Animation: Art and Design, and has graduated with a 1:1 in 2022.
Sasha Alexdottir research is in Phantom Touch in VR - studying how people can develop a sense of social touch in virtual reality without any haptic devices or external stimuli.
Sasha also studies interaction and communication and social virtual reality and user behaviour.
- Alexdottir, S. and Yang, X., 2022. Phantom Touch phenomenon as a manifestation of the Visual-Auditory-Tactile Synaesthesia and its impact on the users in virtual reality. Proceedings - 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality Adjunct, ISMAR-Adjunct 2022, 727-732.
- Best Presentation Award (Yiyu Cai and Umesh Ramnarain - VARTEL Conference, 2022)
- The Fusion Prize (John Vinney, 2022)
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External Media and Press
- Student helps virtual reality users experience phantom touch, BBC, 25 Mar 2023. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-dorset-65030542
- Tech Effect - VR, GBC, 20 Apr 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLlMAmd_MgI