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The Work-Verse: Using scene understanding and senses augmentation for productive work.

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  • UserEyal Ofek, Ph.D. World_link
  • ClockTuesday 04 July 2023, 11:00-12:00
  • HouseCUED LR4.

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As more people work from home or during travel, new opportunities and challenges arise around mobile office work. On the one hand, people may work at flexible hours, independent of traffic limitations, but on the other hand, they may need to work in makeshift spaces with less than optimal working conditions; applications are not flexible to their physical and social context and remote collaboration do not account for the difference between the user’s conditions and capabilities. Using better scene understanding, the ability to augment users’ senses to disconnect them from physical limitations, and new architecture for developing applications that share the space with users can change how information workers work. I will display my research in various opportunities for realizing a mobile immersive working environment.

Speaker Bio: I have received my Ph.D. in computer vision from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in parallel opened three startup companies, pushing the boundaries of computer graphics and computer vision, from developing a popular novel photo editor to a graphic engine with global illumination effects to creating the world’s first time of flight depth camera, which is the base of the depth sensors of the HoloLens and Magic Leep HMDs. I joined Microsoft Research and was the head of Bing Maps & Mobile research, developing new vision technologies and geographic services such as the first street-side service. I have formed a research group centered on augmented reality that developed an experimental system for an environment-aware layout of augmented reality experiences. This system was used by HoloLens teams and was a base for the Unity Mars product. As a Principal Researcher of Microsoft Research, I focused on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and sensing and Mixed Reality displays (MR) to enable users to reach their full potential in productivity, creativity, and collaboration. I have been granted more than 120 patents and published over 90 academic publications (with more than 14000 citations), and I was awarded a senior member of Assoc. for Computing Machines (ACM). I am working with a new startup, aiming to fight forest fires and global warming using AI-Driven fire fighting.

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