Mark Billinghurst is Director of the Empathic Computing Laboratory, and Professor at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia, and also at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand. He also leads the ARIVE AR/VR research network, the largest of its type in the world. Mark earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and conducts research on how virtual and real worlds can be merged, publishing over 750 papers on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, remote collaboration, Empathic Computing, and related topics. In 2019 was given the ISMAR Career Impact Award in recognition for lifetime contribution to AR research and commercialization, and in 2023 elected as a Fellow of the IEEE.
Day 1 (August 30), 9:25 AM-9:50 AM
Empathic Computing: Capturing the Potential of the Metaverse
This talk introduces Empathic Computing, a field of research that combines technology for natural collaboration, experience capture and implicit understanding to enable people to create shared understanding. It encompasses the various elements of the Metaverse, including the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space. In particular it encourages research that crosses the boundaries of the Metaverse taxonomy. In this way Empathic Computing helps capture the full potential of the Metaverse.