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Future of XR: Empathic Computing and XR in Industry (9am-12pm Fri 21 Feb)

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Victoria University of Wellington, NEC House, Level 3

40 Taranaki Street

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This free event is a public session to showcase the Future of Tech Interaction and local companies enaged in XR technologies (AR/VR/MR). The event is part of Victoria University of Wellington's International XR Workshop (https://sites.google.com/view/xrworkshop).

Join Augmented Reality pioneer Professor Mark Billinghurst from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland to discuss the future of technology interaction.

Professor Mark Billinghurst: The Future of Tech Interaction: 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.

Following Mark's talk there will be a coffee break and then an industry session.

XR in Industy

Hear from leading companies in New Zealand talk about how they are using XR in industry for some really exciting projects, followed by a short panel.

  • Terry Miller, Eight360
  • Tim Rastall, Beyond Studio
  • Kat Lintott and Jeff Jones, "Cross platform creation with clients!", Wrestler
  • Phil Lamb, "Mozilla Mixed Reality R&D programme and Firefox Reality" Mozilla

The seminar and session is FREE and open to the public, but please register.

The event will be on level 3 of NEC House at Wellington ICT Graduate School and Computational Mediar Innovation Centre (CMIC) at Victoria University of Wellington, 40 Taranaki St, Wellington, 6011. Please come along for a 9am start.

This event is sponsored by Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington ICT Graduate School, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Contact: xrsummerschool@gmail.com

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