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CS Seminar: Derek Reilly

  • 13 Jul 2011
  • 11:30 AM
  • Dalhousie University
Faculty of Computer Science
6050 University Avenue
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
                       COMPUTER SCIENCE SEMINAR
Speaker:   Dr. Derek Reilly
           OCAD University
Title:     Space Matters: the TwinSpace platform for collaborative mixed reality
Date:      Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Time:      11:30 a.m.
Location:  Jacob Slonim Conference Room (430), Computer Science
           Dalhousie University
           6050 University Avenue, Halifax


Over the past decade digital technology has moved away from the desktop, onto personal devices and out into our surroundings. Understanding the relationship between physical surroundings and digital technology is a fundamental challenge of computing research in the 21st century.

In this talk I will focus on my research into the design, engineering and evaluation of an experimental ‘mixed reality’ platform called TwinSpace. TwinSpace integrates smart, interactive rooms with online 3D virtual worlds to support mixed-presence (both local and remote) collaboration over a range of digital content. I will reflect on the process of co-designing physical and virtual spaces with a team of architects, industrial designers and computer scientists, present a controlled study examining the impact of physical room layout on the perceived layout of the connected virtual space, and outline experimentation with a range of physical interaction techniques for group work and multiplayer gaming. The work reveals pros and cons when conducting systems research in this context, highlights benefits of an interdisciplinary and mixed methods approach when exploring the relationship between physical surroundings and digital technology, and demonstrates the fruitful role that spatial cognition theory can play in these explorations.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Derek Reilly is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at OCAD University in Toronto, where he directs the PICO (Pervasive Interaction for Collaboration) Lab, and is interim Director of the new Graduate Program in Digital Futures. His research explores the relationships between physical space and digital technology, from a human-centric perspective. Dr. Reilly’s work has been supported by NSERC, NCE GRAND, Intel, and Steelcase, among others. He is an adjunct Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech’s interdisciplinary GVU Center. He has taught regularly at the postsecondary level over the past seven years to students in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, and Design. Dr. Reilly also has seven years of professional I.T. experience, working in R&D for companies including Matrox, Mortice Kern Systems, and U S West, and leading a successful web applications consultancy. He holds a B.Ed. in Computing and English/Media (Queen’s), a BA (honours) in Computer Science (McGill), and a PhD in Computer Science (Dalhousie).

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