CITEC-I2R Mixed Reality for Human Enhancement Workshop

28. August 2017 - 29. August 2017
Fusionopolis, One-North, Singapore.

Invitation for participation:

You are cordially invited to participate in the CITEC-I2R Mixed Reality for Human Enhancement - uniting academics and industry, a two-day workshop intended to provide a forum for researchers and industry players to discuss, explore and brainstorm on the research and application trends of Mixed Reality for Human Enhancement (MRHE).

With recent technical progress and the miniaturization of electronic devices (mobile) Mixed Reality applications have become more and more popular in recent years.

Mixed Reality (MR) is the full spectrum of immersive technology which merges the real and virtual worlds. It encompasses Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Human Enhancement is the use of technological means to enhance human capabilities and performance. This includes Assistive Technology for disabled and/or elderly people; and augmentation systems for professional activities. Application areas, among others, are professional and domestic environments as well as inclusion and demographic change, where such systems enable elderly or handicapped people to live a self-sufficient life according to their mental and physical capabilities.

In MRHE, the MR technology is used to enhance human’s perceptual and/or cognitive capabilities through either training or just-in-time perceptual augmentations. Commercial products include visual guidance systems for the visually impaired, e.g. OrCam and real-time collaborative tools, e.g. Skype on Hololens. Active research projects include the REVIVE programme in A*STAR, Singapore and ADAMAAS at CITEC, Germany.

This workshop wants to stimulate the interaction of relevant and different research and application communities with respect to implications, research challenges, methodological standards, new techniques and applications in the area of MRHE. We are providing a forum for researchers from human-computer interaction, context-aware computing, robotics, computer vision and image processing, psychology, sport science, eye tracking and industry to discuss techniques and applications that go beyond classical interaction techniques.

Call for paper:

We are currently pursuing possible options for publication of a special issue in a journal or as an edited volume. In order to do prepare this edition we are calling for 500-word abstracts on topics related to Mixed Reality for Human Enhancement applications.

We are interested in the use of interaction techniques in static and mobile assistive applications. Modern mobile mixed reality systems are applied while people move freely within the environment and have haptic contact with the objects of interest.This allows us to apply MRHE systems as a central method for investigating the perceptual and cognitive processes underlying visual scene perception under dynamic conditions, i.e., under natural conditions – a topic of increasing importance for the field of industrial use and academic research.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and to welcoming you to Singapore in August, 2017!

Important Dates:

  • July 10, 2017: Deadline for abstract submissions.
  • July 17, 2017: Notification of acceptance for talks and posters.
  • July 31, 2017: Deadline for 2-page preliminary abstract.
  • August 14, 2017: Submission of the final abstracts
  • August 28-29, 2017: Workshop

Invited Speakers

  • Prof. Marc Pomplun (UMASS Boston, USA) is an eye tracking and visual search expert. His work focuses on analyzing, modeling, and simulating aspects of human vision.
  • Prof. Simon Perrault (Yale-NUS College, Singapore) who is working on human-computer interaction for mobile and wearable systems.
  • Prof. Yen Shih Cheng’s (SINAPSE, NUS, Singapore) research interests include neural coding, mechanisms underlying computation in the visual system, visual psychophysics, and biological models of the visual system.
  • Dr. Matthias Schröder (CITEC, Germany) is working on the object and action recognition components of the ADAMAAS glasses. His research interests include machine learning, data science, geometry processing, and computer vision.
  • Dr. Andre Krause (CITEC, Germany) develops AR/VR techniques for health applications, including gesture based interfaces, real time body posture feedback and individualized exercises in order to guide family members towards a healthy and active life.

Tentative Programme (subject to changes)

28th August, Monday: Methods and Algorithms

  • Invited Talks from research and academia
  • Paper presentations
  • Invited Talks from industry
  • Posters and demos
  • Casual get-together. Own expenses.

29th August, Tuesday: Applications and ELSI (Ethical Legal and Social Implications)

  • Invited Talks from research and academia
  • Paper presentations
  • Invited Talks from industry
  • Posters and demos

CITEC-I2R Workshop Organising Committee:

  • Dr. MA Keng Teck, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore
  • Dr. Kai ESSIG, Center of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (CITEC), Bielefeld University, Germany

For additional question, please contact: MA Keng Teck or Kai ESSIG