VGTU Researchers Introduce ROCK Project to Pupils Attending Open Day Event

On 22 March, a traditional Open Day event was held in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU). This year, there were almost 500 pupils in the event who were interested in the study programmes offered by VGTU and who were thinking of relating their future with technology. During the event, the attending pupils were introduced a unique experiment conducted by Vilnius City Municipality and VGTU.

The specially designed ROCK project stand attracted the most curious participants to measure their emotions (happy, sad, astonished, scared, neutral), excitement and its intensity, affectation (interest, bafflement) as well as their physiological condition (heart rate (pulse), respiratory rate), values of which were shown in real time online and were also reflected through a range of various colours in three lamps standing nearby. 

“During this nice event, one could see a rainbow of emotions in faces of potential VGTU students which revealed their emotions, excitement and physiological state. I am very delighted to have seen that young people were curious and gathered to the ROCK stand abundantly, measured their emotions and had numerous questions,” VGTU professor Artūras Kaklauskas noted.  

The lamps featured 7 altering colours denoting specific emotion or physiological state of a person: green meant happy, blue – sand, yellow – scared or confused, purple – excited or interested, orange – disgusted or bored, sky-blue – sad, and red – angry.

Surveys under the ROCK project, which have been conducted for the second year in a row, have revealed that Vilnius city dwellers have strong and contradictory feelings at a time, that intensification of positive feelings and suppression of negative feelings are recorded in public spaces during the events organised in the city centre, that green zones fostered in the city has a positive impact on human health, happiness and productivity.

The same stand was demonstrated during the first Vilnius Light Festival when birthday of the capital city (on 25 January) was celebrated; the stand was set up at the entry to the Bernardine Gardens. Colours which were changing every three seconds on the monument of the Three Crosses reflected the strongest emotions, states and the expression of happiness of bypassers recorded by sensors installed in different points of the capital city. Visitors of the festival elected the stand among the ten most popular entertainments of the event.

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