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Qualcomm Research Austria

Qualcomm Research Austria, part of Qualcomm Austria Research Center GmbH*, was established in March 2010 with a strong focus on augmented reality for mobile devices. The growing team of researchers and engineers features world class expertise in this very active field. Projects at our Qualcomm Research Vienna encompass basic research in AR and related areas as well as efforts to make these findings available in commercial products.

Expertise: computer vision, augmented reality, SW development and optimization

Qualcomm Research Austria maintains close collaboration with Qualcomm Research San Diego and Qualcomm Research Korea. We also have strong relationships with some of the top institutes contributing in the field of computer vision and augmented reality, e.g. the Christian Doppler Lab for Handheld Augmented Reality in Graz.

Qualcomm Augmented Reality Lecture Series

The Qualcomm Augmented Reality Lecture Series aims to provide high level talks given by highly recognized speakers in the field of Augmented Reality. Speakers coming mainly from Academia, reporting either on recent results ore provide an overview on a specific topic. There will be 8-10 speakers per year. The program will be updated on a regular basis.

How Do We Measure Depth Perception in Near-Field Augmented Reality Inspired by Medical Applications?

The perception of depth is an important aspect of augmented reality (AR) --- many AR applications have an important depth component, and AR displays do not display the depth of virtual objects with the same fidelity as real objects. Furthermore, the unique AR capability of x-ray vision, which affords many very compelling and interesting applications, has no perceptual equivalent in the real world.

In this talk, I will discuss how we might measure AR depth perception at near-field distances; that is, distances where objects may be touched and manipulated by the hands. I will further discuss how vision scientists have measured depth perception historically, and I will talk about the small number of previous experiments that have examined near-field AR depth perception. I will then cover a number of near-field AR depth perception experiments that have been conducted in my laboratory. To date, these experiments show that a mismatch between focal depth and stereo disparity, which many AR display systems exhibit, causes systematic depth judgment errors. I will also discuss effects of perceptual feedback and perceptual learning, which to date have barely been studied in AR, but which are likely very important for compelling near-field AR applications such as medical and industrial tasks, where users are highly skilled and highly practiced.

Dr. J. Edward Swan II
Mississippi State University, USA

Dr. J. Edward Swan II is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, at Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. (1989) in computer science from Auburn University and M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees in computer science from Ohio State University, where he studied computer graphics and human-computer interaction. Before joining Mississippi State University in 2004, Dr. Swan spent seven years as a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Dr. Swan's research has been broad-based, centering on the topics of virtual and augmented reality, computer graphics, empirical methods, visualization, human-computer interaction, and human factors. Currently, Dr. Swan is studying human-factors aspects of augmented and virtual reality, with a particular focus on the perception of depth and layout, as well as empirical techniques for evaluating and validating visualizations. He has organized and taught 13 professional tutorials at IEEE Virtual Reality, IEEE Visualization, and ACM SIGGRAPH. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Swan is a member of ACM, IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society.

Date: 25-06-14
Time: 14:30 - 16:00
Location: TU Vienna
Hörsaal EI 3A (Elektro Institutsgebäude)
1040 Vienna, Gußhausstrasse 25-29

Michael Gervautz - Qualcomm Austria Research Center
Oliver Bimber – Johannes Kepler University Linz
Eduard Gröller – Vienna University of Technology
Hannes Kaufmann – Vienna University of Technology
Walter Kropatsch – Vienna University of Technology
Gerhard Reitmayr – Graz University of Technology
Dieter Schmalstieg – Graz University of Technology
Werner Purgathofer – Vienna University of Technology

* Qualcomm Austria Research Center GmbH with offices at Operngasse 17-21, 14th Floor, Vienna A-1040, Austria