My current research focuses on making virtual reality more realistic, and supporting effective interaction techniques in immersive virtual environments. In particular, I'm interested in these main research thrusts:
If you are interested in working on these topics, please contact me! I am always looking for collaborators, whether that be students wanting to join the Lab, companies who would like help adopting VR and/or gaming techniques, or academic colleagues looking to do joint research or visit the HIT Lab NZ for sabbatical.
I received my Doctor of Science in Computer Science in May, 1999, from the Department of Computer Science at The George Washington University. I then joined the same department, and was an Assistant Professor from July 1999 until July 2005. After that I moved to the Department of Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition to Computer Science, I was a faculty member in, then Director of, the Interactive Media & Game Development program.
In February 2016, I joined the Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, as a Professor of HCI.
Here are some of my publications.
In the summer of 2012, I worked at the Interactive Media Design Lab at the Nara Institute of Scisnce and Technology (NAIST) in Nara, Japan.
For the 2011-2012 academic year, I was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the HIT Lab NZ. While at the HIT Lab NZ, I focused on mobile Augmented Reality (AR) applications using the Android platform.
For the summers of 2008-2010, I was a Visiting Researcher at Osaka University. In summer 2008, I received a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to work with Prof. Yoshifumi Kitamura in the Kishino Lab, where we studied Fit Gaming. In the summers of 2009 and 2010, I worked at the Takemura Lab on various topics, including Faculty Development and course redesign.
Here is a picture of the Takemura Lab members (and me) from summer 2009. Click to enlarge. That's Takemura-sensei front and center.
I was fortunate to have been able to spend the summers of 2002 through 2006 at ATR International in Kyoto, Japan as a Visiting Researcher.
You can also see a movie of the MRI images of my head they collected in the summer of 2004 (14.2 MB).
In the summer of 1999, I worked at the Naval Research Lab in the HCI Lab under Dr. Jim Templeman.
In the summer of 1997, I took part in the NSF Summer Institute in Japan Program. I worked in the National Institute of Bioscience and Human-Technology in Tsukuba, Japan, under Dr. Yukio Fukui.
Here is a picture of a lab visit I made to NASDA, the Japanese counterpart to NASA.
In the Spring of 1997, I completed an animation called "The Musicbox".
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Last Change: June 15, 2016 / gogo at hitlabnz.org