"Visual Computing Café Seminar — An Augmented Reality Approach to Telepresence"

Steffen Gauglitz, Ph.D. Candidate, UCSB

October 25th (Friday), 12:30pm
Phelps Hall, Room 1401 — ** Note change of venue! **

With the widespread deployment of fast data connections and availability of a variety of sensors for different modalities, the potential of remote collaboration has greatly increased. While the now ubiquitous video conferencing applications take advantage of some of these capabilities, the use of video between remote and local users is limited largely to passively watching disjoint video feeds, leaving much to be desired regarding direct interaction with the remote environment. Thus, videoconference-like applications hit severe limitations when the matter at hand involves real-world objects or environments.

We suggest that augmented reality is a natural and user-friendly paradigm to overcome these limits, by allowing a spatially remote user to explore a physical environment and communicate spatial information, leading to a more interactive and immersive telepresence experience.

I will describe our ongoing research in this area, which entails contributions in visual tracking and modeling of the environment, user interfaces and enabling technologies for world-stabilized remote pointing and gesturing, proof-of-concept implementations and user studies.

About Steffen Gauglitz:

photo of steffen gauglitz Steffen Gauglitz is a Ph.D. candidate in the "Four Eyes Lab" at UCSB. His research interests are in the areas of real-time computer vision, HCI, augmented reality, and their application to remote collaboration. He received his Dipl.-Ing. (~MS) degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and is the recipient of a Chancellor's Fellowship at UCSB. With his Ph.D. work, he has received a Best Paper Award at IEEE ISMAR, and an Honorable Mention for Best Paper at ACM MobileHCI.

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