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Prof. Emily Cooper: Cognitive Science Program Speaker Series, Improving augmented reality through perceptual science

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CT

Where: Frances Searle Building, 3417, 2240 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Tomeka Bolar   (847) 491-4994

Group: Cognitive Science Program

Category: Academic


Augmented reality (AR) systems aim to enhance our view of the world and make us see things that are not actually there. But building an AR system that effectively integrates with our natural visual experience is hard. AR systems often suffer from technical and visual limitations, such as small eyeboxes and narrow visual-field coverage. An integral part of AR system development, therefore, is perceptual research that improves our understanding of when and why these limitations matter. I will describe the results of perceptual studies designed to provide guidance on how to optimize the limited visual field coverage supported by many AR systems. Our analysis highlights the idiosyncrasies of how our natural binocular visual field is formed, the complexities of quantifying visual field coverage for binocular AR systems, and the trade offs that are necessary when an AR system can only augment a subarea of the visual field.

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