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Invited Talk by J. Edward Swan II


Prof. J. Edward Swan II
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Mississippi State University

  • Date: Thursday, 25 August 2011
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: 03.13.010 Garching

How Do We Measure Depth Perception in Near-Field Augmented Reality?


The perception of depth is an important aspect of augmented reality (AR): many AR applications have an important depth component, and AR displays do not display the depth of virtual objects with the same fidelity as real objects. Furthermore, the unique AR capability of x-ray vision, which affords many very compelling and interesting applications, has no perceptual equivalent in the real world.

In this talk, I will discuss how we might measure AR depth perception at near-field distances; that is, distances where objects may be touched and manipulated by the hands. I will further discuss how depth perception has been measured by vision scientists historically, and I will talk about the small number of previous experiments that have examined near-field AR depth perception. I will then cover three near-field AR depth perception experiments that have been conducted in my laboratory. One finding from these studies is that the depths of AR objects have been systematically misjudged when using a depth perception measurement protocol termed perceptual matching. I will present evidence that these depth misjudgements are likely due to our AR displays mismatch between focal depth and stereo disparity, and I will propose a future experiment that could confirm this explanation. Conducting this future experiment will require my lab to build a table-top mounted AR display. I will talk about our initial efforts to build this display, and I will propose that other AR groups should consider building their own AR displays as well.


Dr. J. Edward Swan II is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, at Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. (1988) degree in computer science from Auburn University and M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees in computer science from Ohio State University, where he studied computer graphics and human-computer interaction. Before joining Mississippi State University in 2004, Dr. Swan spent seven years as a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Dr. Swan’s research has been broad-based, centering on the topics of augmented and virtual reality, perception, human-computer interaction, human factors, empirical methods, computer graphics, and visualization. Currently, Dr. Swan is studying perception in augmented and virtual reality, including depth and layout perception and depth presentation methods, as well as empirical techniques for evaluating and validating visualizations. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Swan is a member of ACM, IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, and ASEE.

Title: How Do We Measure Depth Perception in Near-Field Augmented Reality?
Date: 25 August 2011
Location: 03.13.010 Garching
Abstract: Prof. J. Edward Swan II, from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Mississippi State University, will visit the CAMP chair on August 25. He will give an overview on his recent work in depth perception and augmented reality.
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