Charles Lenay


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As a professor in Philosophy and History of sciences (2005) Charles Lenay research interests concern the question of cognitive technologies: how do tools and technical devices participate in cognitive activity in the broad sense - reasoning, memory, perception, social interaction... Starting from work on sensory substitution, the minimalist experimental paradigm that he developed allows a dialogue between phenomenology (description of the experience) and psychology (explanation of the perceptual activity). Area of research prof. Lenay include:
Perceptual supplementation - Sensory substitution
Social interaction - Perceptual crossing
Epistemology of cognitive science

Between 2007 and 2011, Charles Lenay was director of the Research Unit EA2223 COSTECH (Knowledge, Organisation and Technical Systems) at UTC, Compiègne University of Technology. After serving as Vice-President of the French Association for Cognitive Research (ARCo), he created in 1995 the Perceptual Supplementation Group (GSP) in the framework of this Research Unit.
He has Ph.D in Philosophie and History, and since 2004. he is professor on Université de Technologie de Compiègne.

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Lenay, Charles (2010): It's So Touching: Emotional Value in Distal Contact. In International Journal of Design, 4 (2) pp. 15-25.

Khatchatourov, Armen, Castet, Julien, Florens, Jean-Loup, Luciani, Annie, Lenay, Charles (2009): Integrating tactile and force feedback for highly dynamic tasks: Technological, experiment. In Interacting with Computers, 21 (1) pp. 26-37.

Auvray, Malika, Lenay, Charles, Stewart, John (2009): Perceptual interactions in a minimalist virtual environment. In New Ideas in Psychology, 27 (1) pp. 32-47.

Ziat, Mounia, Gapenne, Olivier, Lenay, Charles, Lecolinet, Eric, Mouret, Gérard, Stewart, John (2007): Espace de perception et seuils de confort pour un zoom haptique en 2D. In Revue d'Interaction Homme Machine, 7 (2) pp. 29-54.

Ziat, Mounia, Gapenne, Olivier, Stewart, John, Lenay, Charles (2007): Haptic recognition of shapes at different scales: A comparison of two methods of interacti. In Interacting with Computers, 19 (1) pp. 121-132.

Ziat, Mounia, Gapenne, Olivier, Stewart, John, Lenay, Charles (2005): A comparison of two methods of scaling on form perception via a haptic interface. In: Lazzari, Gianni, Pianesi, Fabio, Crowley, James L., Mase, Kenji, Oviatt, Sharon L. (eds.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces - ICMI 2005 October 4-6, 2005, Trento, Italy. pp. 236-243.

Lenay, Charles, Thouvenin, Indira, Guénand, Anne, Gapenne, Olivier, Stewart, John, Maillet, Barthelemy (2007): Designing the ground for pleasurable experience. In: Koskinen, Ilpo, Keinonen, Turkka (eds.) DPPI 2007 - Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces August 22-25, 2007, Helsinki, Finland. pp. 35-58.

Ziat, Mounia, Lenay, Charles, Gapenne, Olivier, Stewart, John, Ammar, Amal Ali, Aubert, Dominique (2007): Perceptive Supplementation for an Access to Graphical Interfaces. In: Stephanidis, Constantine (eds.) UAHCI 2007 - 4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction - Part 1 July 22-27, 2007, Beijing, China. pp. 841-850.

Ziat, Mounia, Gapenne, Olivier, Stewart, John, Lenay, Charles, Bausse, Jerome (2007): Design of a Haptic Zoom: levels and steps. In: WHC 2007 - Second Joint EuroHaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems 22-24 March, 2007, Tsukuba, Japan. pp. 102-108.

Ziat, Mounia, Gapenne, Olivier, Stewart, John, Lenay, Charles (2007): Manipulation d'un zoom haptique continu via un dispositif de substitution sensorielle. In: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the Association Francophone dInteraction Homme-Machine , 2007, Paris, France. pp. 63-70.

Ziat, Mounia, Gapenne, Olivier, Stewart, John, Lenay, Charles (2005): A comparison of two methods of scaling on form perception via a haptic interface. In: Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces , 2005, . pp. 236-243.