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From Augmented Reality to Augmented Human


Session TitleSpeakerRoomStartEnd
Keynote ThursdayJun RekimotoH2-02 Hetzel Building Main Lecture Theatre03 Oct, 2013 08:30 AM03 Oct, 2013 09:30 AM
Keynote Speaker
Jun Rekimoto

Traditionally, the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) was primarily concerned with designing and investigating interfaces between humans and machines. However, with recent technological advances the concept of "enhancing", "augmenting" or even "re-designing" humans themselves is becoming not only interesting and intriguing but also very feasible and serious topic of scientific research and development. "Augmented Human" is term that I use today to refer to this overall research direction.

Although the term “augmentation” has long been used in HCI and AR communities since Douglas Engelbert’s landmark research on augmenting intelligence, I think the possibility of human augmentation is not limited to intellectual abilities and can be expound to physical abilities. I believe Augmented Human introduces a fundamental paradigm shift in HCI: from human-computer-interaction to human-computer-integration. In this talk, I will discuss rich possibilities and distinct challenges in enhancing human abilities with technology. I will introduce recent projects conducted by our research group including design and applications if wearable eye sensing for augmenting our perception and memory abilities, design of flying cameras as our external eyes, a home appliance that can increase your happiness, an organic physical wall/window that dynamically mediates the environment, and a human hand control system based on functional electrical stimulation.


Jun Rekimoto received his B.A.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Information Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1984, 1986, and 1996, respectively. Since 1994 he has worked for Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL). In 1999 he formed and directed the Interaction Laboratory within Sony CSL. Since 2007 he has been a professor in the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at The University of Tokyo. Since 2011 he also has been Deputy Director of Sony CSL

Rekimoto’s research interests include human-computer interaction, computer augmented environments and computer augmented human (human-computer integration). He invented various innovative interactive systems and sensing technologies, including NaviCam (a hand-held AR system), Pick-and-Drop (a direct-manipulation technique for inter-appliance computing), CyberCode (the world’s first marker-based AR system), Augmented Surfaces, HoloWall, and SmartSkin (two earliest representations of multi-touch systems). He has published more than a hundreds articles in the area of human-computer interactions, including ACM SIGCHI, and UIST. He received the Multi-Media Grand Prix Technology Award from the Multi-Media Contents Association Japan in 1998, iF Interaction Design Award in 2000, the Japan Inter-Design Award in 2003, and iF Communication Design Award in 2005. In 2007, He also elected to ACM SIGCHI Academy.

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