Information Studies


Felipe Sheward

PhD Graduate Research Student


Department of Information Studies
University College London
Gower Street


Dr Daniela, M Romano, Dr Nicolai Marquardt

Research Interests

Affective computing, Pain intensity, physiological signals, well-being, impairment, body perception, pain assessment, pain behaviour, interactive sonification, motor learning, biofeedback, re-education of motor control, Electromyography, walk, machine learning, gait analysis, motion capture system, affective posture, cognition, smart materials, footwear, posture compensation, High heels, muscle activation, biomechanics, smart composites, human-computer interaction (HCI), affect detection, affect generation.

Felipe Sheward is a PhD research student at University College London (UCL), since 2018 at the Department of Information Studies, he is working analysing the influence of footwear on the sonification of pain postural compensation as result of fatigue. 

As an interactive product designer, I'm looking to develop novel footwear solutions, capable to adapt to the users needs and context of use.


The first part of this research explores the estimation of pain intensity of physiological signals, as an approach for the sonification of the footwear influence on gait patterns. Aiming to provide knowledge on the impact of the footwear on pain assessment, detection, and awareness from an auditory feedback during walk. With the objective to contribute directions for future research efforts for affective pain recognition from gait patterns, with applications in physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and pain prediction. 

This research explores the strategies that each person utilizes to compensate muscular endurance and the limits of muscle control for any inadequate gait patterns, we also explore the role of embodiment in the structuring of consciousness to predict sensory feedback as a way to facilitate self-esteem and motor behaviour. We analyse pain behaviour and the systems developed to assist components of pain behaviour. As a method to increment sensory feedback on gait assistance from sonification, enhancing new modalities of perception and awareness of the body movements.

Our aim is to assess the biomechanics throughout the manifestation of fatigue during walk, in order to evaluate pain behaviours during an activity. To decode human-generated signals related to emotion from our feet, by developing a system capable of sensing affective data. This first study, follows studies on gait analysis, by focusing on the metabolic cost of gait and by adding an extra layer of affective information.

Teaching Assistant


Member of Visio Lab UCL

Contact Details

Mail felipe.sheward@ucl.ac.uk

Twitter @Felipesheward

Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/felipe-sheward-5b419713a/