The future of tech interaction: Empathic Computing and Discreet Computing

February 13, 2019
February 13, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM NZDT
University of Auckland
Date And Time: Wed, 13 February 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM NZDT
Location: University of Auckland
20 Symonds Street, Lecture Theatre 439


by Auckland Bioengineering Institute - University of Auckland

Prof Mark Billinghurst and Prof Aaron Quigley discuss the future of augmented reality and human-computer interaction.

Join Augmented Reality pioneer Professor Mark Billinghurst from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and human-computer interaction expert Professor Aaron Quigley from University of St Andrew’s, Scotland, as they discuss the future of technology interaction.

Professor Mark Billinghurst: Empathic Computing

Imagine if computers could understand how you were feeling and help you better understand other people? Empathic Computing is a new research field that explores how technology can recognise our emotions and help use better understand what other people are seeing, hearing and feeling.

A legend in the field, Billinghurst developed the ARToolKit – the world’s first open-source AR software developers’ kit – ​in 2001 and has been pushing the boundaries of AR and VR technology for more than 20 years. He is the head of the Augmented Reality laboratory at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, at the University of Auckland. He is also Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. He has published over 400 research papers on topics such as wearable computing, Augmented Reality and mobile interfaces. Prior to joining the University of South Australia he was Director of the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury and has worked with organisations such as Google, British Telecom, Nokia and the MIT Media Laboratory.

Professor Aaron Quigley: The Disappearing Computer

Invisible, ambient and ubiquitous computing are being woven into the very fabric of day-to-day life. Prof Quigley will discuss ‘discreet computing’, its challenges and how it will help us achieve subtle, unobtrusive and seamless interactions.

Prof Aaron Quigley is the Chair of Human Computer Interaction and Director of Impact in Computer Science in the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is also the director of SACHI, the St Andrews Computer Human Interaction research group. Quigley is a distinguished public speaker – having held more than 50 talks across the world on these subjects – so his presentation is sure to entertain and educate. He is in New Zealand to assist with hosting a specialised development workshop for graduate students.

This seminar is part of a week-long workshop on developing empathic applications for MagicLeap – one of the most advanced AR display systems in the world. You can find out more about the workshop here:

The seminar is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

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