Plenary Speaker – Dr. Eyal Ofek, Microsoft Research

Virtual Reality in the wild

Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented reality (AR) pose challenges and opportunities from both a technical and social perspective. We could now have digital, and not physical objects change our understanding of the world around us. It is a unique opportunity to change reality as we sense it.

At Microsoft Research we look new possibilities to extend our abilities when we are not bound by our physical limitations; enabling super-human abilities on one hand, and leveling the play field for people with physical limitations.

Dr. Ofek will describe efforts to design VR & AR applications that will adjust according to the user’s uncontrolled environment, enabling a continuous use during work and leisure, over large variance of environments. He will also review efforts to extent the rendering to new capabilities such as haptic rendering.

Dr. Eyal Ofek is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research lab in Redmond, WA. His research interests include Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR), Haptics, interactive projection mapping and computer vision for human-computer interaction.

He is on the editorial board of IEEE Computer Graphics and Application (CG&A), an associated editor of Virtual Reality and Human Behavior Journal (part of Frontiers in VR), co-chaired the 19th ACM SIGSPATIAL 2011, and on program committee for several leading conferences.

Prior to joining Microsoft Research, Dr. Ofek obtained his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has founded a couple of companies in the area of computer graphics, including a successful drawing and photo editing application and developing the world first time-of-flight video cameras.