Augmented reality provides a precise overlay of digital material over the physical world, enabling use cases in data visualization, instructional guidance, immersive education and entertainment. But beyond simple overlays, what opportunities can we pursue to further integrate our digital and physical worlds? In this talk, we will showcase some recent research projects of augmented reality, including SWISH devices that make AR fluids feel fluid-like and the GLEAM framework for illuminating virtual AR materials with lighting estimates from the physical environment. With a fuller integration between the digital and the physical, we’ll be able to create opportunities for future immersivity.
Robert LiKamWa is an assistant professor at Arizona State University, appointed in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. LiKamWa heads Meteor Studio (towards Mobile and Embedded Technologies for Experiential/Optimization Research), which designs software and hardware systems to raise the performance, efficiency, and expressiveness of smartphones, tablets, VR/AR, and other mobile systems. Prior to coming to ASU, LiKamWa completed his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at Rice University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has also interned at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington and in Beijing, China, and Samsung Mobile Processor Innovation Lab in Richardson, Texas.