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[HIForum] [Kolloquium] Invitation to the "UHH Informatik Kolloquium" Mo 27.10.14, 17:15 s.t., B-201, Prof. Frank Steinicke

This is an invitation to the "UHH Informatik Kolloquium"

Prof. Dr. Frank Steinicke
Human-Computer Interaction
Department of Informatics
University of Hamburg

DATE: MONDAY, 27.10.2014, 17:15 s.t.

Informatikum, Room B-201 Konrad-Zuse-Hörsal (PLEASE NOTE THE ROOM)

TOPIC: Fooling your Senses for (Super-)Natural User Interfaces

This talk will be held in English or German, according to preference.

In his essay "The Ultimate Display" from 1965, Ivan E. Sutherland states
that "The ultimate display would [...] be a room within which the computer
can control the existence of matter [...]". This general notion of a
computer-mediated or virtual reality, in which synthetic objects or the
entire virtual environment get indistinguishable from the real world,
dates back to Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave" and has been reconsidered
again and again in science fiction literature as well as the movie

For instance, virtual reality is often used to question whether we truly
"know" if our perceptions are real or not. Movies like "The Matrix" or the
fictional holodeck from the Star Trek universe are prominent examples of
these kind of perceptual ambiguities. Furthermore, in movies like Steven
Spielberg's "Minority Report" or Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2″ actors can
seamlessly use free-hand gestures in space combined with speech to
manipulate 3D holographic projections, while they also perceive haptic
feedback when touching the virtual objects. In my talk I will revisit some
of the most visually impressive 3D user interfaces and experiences of such
fictional ultimate displays. As a matter of fact, we cannot let a computer
fully control the existence of matter, but we can fool our senses and give
a user the illusion that the computer can after all. I will show how
different ultimate displays can be implemented with current
state-of-the-art technology by exploiting perceptually-inspired
interfaces. However, we will see that the resulting ultimate displays are
not so ultimate at all, but pose novel interesting future research
challenges and questions.

Frank Steinicke is professor for Human-Computer Interaction at the
Department of Informatics at the University of Hamburg. From 2011 to 2014
he was professor for Computer Science in Media at the Department of
Computer Science at the University of Würzburg and chair of the Immersive
Media Group. Between 2012 and 2014 he was the director of the newly
founded interdisciplinary Institute for Human Computer Media. In 2009 he
assumed an associate guest professor position at the University of
Minnesota. He studied Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science at the
University of Münster, from which he received his PhD and Venia Legendi in
Computer Science.

His research is driven by understanding the human perceptual, cognitive
and motor skills and limitations in order to reform the interaction as
well as the experience in computer-mediated realities. Frank Steinicke
regularly serves as panelist and speaker at major events in the area of
virtual reality and human-computer interaction. The results of his work
have been published and presented in several international conferences and
journals including CHI, SIGGRAPH, VR, ACM TOG, IEEE TVCG, and many others.
Furthermore, he is on the IPC of various national and international
conferences and currently co-chair of ACM SUI 2014 and IEEE 3DUI 2014.
Furthermore, he is a member of the Steering committee of the ACM SUI
Symposium and the GI SIG VR/AR.

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Schirmer - ITG
Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann - ITMC

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