School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Dr Arindam Dey
Seminar Date: Wed, 21/02/2018 - 12:15
Venue: 78-622
Host: Assoc Prof Stephen Viller

Seminar Type:  ITEE Research Seminar

Abstract: 

Computer interfaces are currently capable of responding to instructions provided by the user. However, most of these interfaces do not receive or respond to the emotional needs of the user, which in many cases users themselves are also not fully aware of. Empathic computing is a field of human-computer interaction where human emotions are measured and sometimes used to change the state of the user interface in real time. In collaborative setups, the emotions can also be shared between the collaborators to make them aware of the emotional states of each other. Augmented and virtual realities, collectively referred as mixed reality, are three-dimensional user interface technologies that can provide immersive and interactive experiences by either augmenting or completely replacing the real world with virtual information. These technologies provide effective ways of digital information presentation and allow users to spatially interact with the information making it easy to comprehend. These mixed reality interfaces, along with other two-dimensional interfaces, can be designed to provide empathetic experiences. In this talk, I will present my past and present research using the above technologies along with potential future research directions.

Biography: 

Dr Arindam Dey is a Research Fellow at the Empathic Computing Laboratory of the University of South Australia. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of South Australia in 2013. Since his Ph.D. and before joining UniSA again in 2016, he worked in three postdoctoral positions at James Cook University (Australia), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA), and University of Tasmania (Australia). He visited Technical University of Munich (Germany) for a research internship. His primary research area is Mixed Reality and Human-Computer Interaction. In general, his current research focuses on making mixed-reality based collaboration more empathetic and akin to the real world. He is also a proponent of "for good" applications using mixed reality and to inspire the broader mixed reality community in that direction, he initiated the Virtual and Augmented Realities for Good Workshop. He is involved in the organization of multiple other conferences and a member of both IEEE and ACM.