Avatars are virtual characters driven by human behavior. In user-embodied applications, avatars are our virtual surrogates, virtual bodies that we can adapt to and perceive as our own. We feel control over their actions and movements, and, consequently, adapt our behavior to what we attribute from these characters. The talk will provide insights into user-embodiment in virtual environments as well as its use in Virtual-, Mixed-, and Augmented Reality applications for communication and health.
Biography: Daniel Roth is a Postdoctoral researcher at the HCI Group of the University of Würzburg and leads the XR Hub Würzburg. He received his Bachelor (2011) and Master (2014) Degree of Engineering in Media and Imaging Technology from the TH Köln. He was a research assistant in the Department of Psychology of the University of Cologne until 2016 and received his Doctorate Degree (rer. nat.) from the University of Würzburg in 2019. His dissertation focused on intrapersonal and interpersonal aspects of avatar-mediated interactions in virtual environments.
His research is focused on technological challenges of avatar embodiment, the cognitive impactes, and the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality applications for medical applications, such as diagnosis, therapy, and neurorehabilitation.
Abstract: With the introduction of new AR development frameworks by Google (ArCore), and Apple (ARKit) and dedicated hardware platforms by Microsoft (Hololens) or Magic Leap (Magic Leap One) Augmented Reality got more and more attention as viable technology for many use cases in different industry sectors. To fully comprehend the possibilities and potential it is important to understand the main concepts of the underlying technology. This talk will give a look behind the curtain and introduce the key ideas and State-of-the-art of the underlying research area.
Biography: Markus Eder studied Mobile Computing at the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg (AUT) as well as at the University of Queensland in Brisbane (AUS), with a strong focus on Computer Vision and Image Processing applications for mobile devices. Joining Wikitude in 2011 he currently leads the Computer Vision department. During his time at Wikitude he also was working on two nationally and EU-funded research projects in the area of Computer Vision and Augmented Reality. He also gave lectures as a guest speaker at universities like University of Applied Sciences Salzburg (AUT) or KTH Stockholm (SWE) and furthermore conducted workshops at international scientific conferences with a focus on Augmented Reality like ISMAR.