Basser Seminar Series

Mixed and Augmented Reality for Archaeological and Historical Visualization

Professor Steven Feiner
Columbia University

Monday 14 August 2006, 3-4 pm NOTE: Different day and time

School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre 123, Level 1


Mixed and augmented reality have tremendous potential for enriching the ways in which people can experience archaeological and historic sites. In this talk, I will present some of the user interfaces that Columbia's Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab has been developing for off-site and on-site interaction. For example, VITA (Visual Interaction Tool for Archaeology) is an experimental collaborative system that supports off-site visualization of an archaeological dig. Multiple users can vicariously explore and analyze a dig site in a mixed reality environment. Tracked, see-through, head-worn displays are combined with a multi-user, multi-touch, projected table surface, a large screen display, and tracked hand-held displays, and multimodal interaction is supported through speech, touch, and 3D gesture. Our focus is on augmenting existing archaeological analysis methods with new ways to organize, visualize, and integrate the standard 2D information available from an excavation (drawings, pictures, and notes) with textured, laser range-scanned 3D models of objects and of the site itself.

Speaker's biography

Steven Feiner is a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University. Prof. Feiner's research interests include augmented reality and virtual environments, knowledge-based design of graphics and multimedia, wearable and mobile computing, information visualization, and hypermedia. He is coauthor of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice and Introduction to Computer Graphics, and over the past few years has served as general chair for the 2004 ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology and program co-chair for the 2003 IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers. In 1991 he received an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.