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The Human Interface Technology Lab (NZ) at the University of Canterbury in
New Zealand has funding available to support three postgraduate (Masters
or PhD) students from 2002-2006. This funding is for conducting research
on the HIT Lab's MagicBook project.
The MagicBook is an innovative interface that uses Augmented Reality (AR)
technology to seamless move users between real and virtual worlds. AR
interfaces overlay computer graphics on the real world, so users can see
virtual images at the same time as the surrounding real environment.
Unlike other AR interfaces, the MagicBook allows users to experience AR
and fully immersive Virtual Reality (VR). It is one of the first
interfaces of its type and offers the potential to work at the leading
edge of AR interface work. More information about the MagicBook project
can be found at http://www.hitl.washington.edu/magicbook/
Three postgraduate students are needed with skills in one of three areas:
Engineering: Development of a handheld display with low cost tracking
Desirable Skills: Industrial Design
Electronic circuit design
Design of interface hardware
Familiarity with rapid prototyping techniques
Computer Science: Development of computer vision algorithms for AR
tracking, and interactive computer graphics techniques for AR and VR
Desirable Skills: Interactive computer graphics (OpenGL)
Human Factors: Human factors evaluation of the MagicBook interface,
including designing and conducting user studies, and exploring basic
perceptual and psychomotor issues.
Desirable Skills: Statistics
Knowledge of human perception/perceptual psychology
In addition to ground-breaking research, HIT Lab postgraduate students
will have the opportunity to work with leading international visiting
researchers, present their work at national and international conferences,
and spend time at the sister HIT Lab at the University of Washington in
The right candidates will be awarded post-graduate scholarships for the
duration of their postgraduate study that will be sufficient to cover all
tuition, travel and living expenses.
Those who are interested should contact Mark Billinghurst, the HIT Lab
(New Zealand) Director, at mark.billinghurst@h ...........
Mark Billinghurst | Human Interface Technology Laboratory
grof@h .................. | University of Washington, Box 352-142
fax: +1-206-543-5380 | Seattle, WA 98195