Mark Billinghurst


Mark Billinghurst

Director - Human Interface Technology Lab NZ

Mark Billinghurst is Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia. He earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and researches innovative computer interfaces that explore how virtual and real worlds can be merged, publishing over 350 papers in 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 he has previously worked at British Telecom, Nokia, Google and the MIT Media Laboratory.

His MagicBook project, was winner of the 2001 Discover award for best entertainment application, and he received the 2013 IEEE VR Technical Achievement Award for contributions to research and commercialization in Augmented Reality. In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Modern telecommunications allow people to talk to each other almost anywhere and anytime. However using audio or video conferencing is very different from face to face communication. In this talk we show how Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies can be used to create new types of conferencing experiences that overcome limitations of traditional technology. For example, AR can be used to enable remote people to see one virtual copies of another in the real world, while VR enable people to shared each other's spaces.

Even more interesting, hybrid AR/VR interfaces provide new types of conferencing that moves beyond face to face communication, such as supporting different body scales, or separating face and gesture communication cues. Examples of applications in these areas will be shown from leaving research groups, and directions for future work presented.