Prof Mark Billinghurst

Professor - University of South Australia & AUT

Mark Billinghurst is Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and AUT in Auckland. He earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and researches innovative computer interfaces that explore how virtual and real worlds can be merged, publishing over 300 papers in topics such as wearable computing, Augmented Reality and mobile interfaces. Prior to joining the University of South Australia he was Director of the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury and he has previously worked at British Telecom, Nokia, Google and the MIT Media Laboratory. His MagicBook project, was winner of the 2001 Discover award for best entertainment application, and he received the 2013 IEEE VR Technical Achievement Award for contributions to research and commercialization in Augmented Reality. In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Talk: The Coming Age of Empathic Computing

Can computers help people better understand one another? Empathic Computing refers to systems that allow people to share what they are seeing, hearing and feeling with others, and so develop more empathy for each other. They do this by combining tools for┬ámore natural collaboration, experience capture, and implicit understanding. Drawing on research from leading groups around the work, this talk provides an overview of Empathic Computing, and show how it could change the lives of people for the better. What happens when technology enables you to see the world from another’s perspective, and what research is needed to make this happen?

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