Michel Denis is an emeritus senior research scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, member of the Laboratoire d’Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l’Ingénieur (LIMSI-CNRS), an interdisciplinary research center located on the Orsay campus of the Université Paris Sud.
Image, Language, and Spatial Cognition
These keywords summarize the area of research in which my colleagues in the ILE (Image, Langage, Espace) team and I have been working, first in the Human Cognition Group (1992-2004), then in the Situated Perception Group (2005-2008), and the Cognition, Perception, Uses Group (since 2009). My research focuses on the mechanisms involved in the construction of mental images and of mental representations of space, especially those built from linguistic messages. The findings from these studies have helped design navigational assistance systems, in collaboration with specialists in human-machine communication. I closely monitor the findings of neuroimaging and neuropsychological research, which have been an important part of my work on spatial cognition.
Virtual Reality and Cognition
My research program includes the use of Virtual Reality (VR) to study the cognitive processes responsible for the construction of spatial knowledge. My associates and I have developed several projects that examine multimodality, involving the design of 3D immersive audio environments. LIMSI has made it a priority to analyze human-machine interactions in immersive settings in order to exploit the advanced technological resources of VR in cognitive science projects.