Basser Seminar Series

Wearable computing & Augmented Reality to support maintenance operations and services : a HCI perspective

Speaker: Dr Leila Alem
CSIRO Computational Informatics

When: Friday 30 May, 2014, 12:00-1:00pm Note: different day and time to usual.

Where: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, SIT Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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In this talk I will provide an overview of the work conducted within my research team at CISRO in the area of Computer supported collaborative work using wearable and augmented reality technologies. The work draws on industry needs and technology drivers to design, deploy and evaluate innovative remote collaboration solutions. In this talk I will present ReMoTe, CSIRO platform for remote mobile tele assistance and the range of user studies that we have conducted including usability, mobility, spatial awareness, telepresence . The use of wearable computing and AR offer new forms of interaction and collaboration with promising strong uptake by industry.

Speaker's biography

Dr Leila Alem is a principal research scientist at the CSIRO Computational Informatics based in Sydney. Her formal training is in artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. She has designed and evaluated numerous advanced decision support systems and advanced computer supported training. Over the last 18 years of her career at CSIRO she has designed and evaluated various advanced user interfaces for domains including mining, aviation, automotive and health. Since 2005 her main focus of research has been in the area Human Factors in computer mediated collaboration settings. She has conducted several laboratory and field experiments to investigate these factors. Drawing on cognitive psychology, social science and human-computer-interface research she has investigated the media factors, the cognitive factors and the social factors at play in telepresence systems and environments.

Dr Leila Alem is leading the User Interaction and Collaboration research team within CCI. She is also project leader of Remote Mobile Tele Assistance ( ReMoTe) within CSIRO Minerals Down Under flagship as well as CSIRO Future Manufacturing flagship. This project investigates the utility and value of various emerging User Interfaces for the delivery of real time remote assistance, they include: mixed reality UI, immersive environment, 3D UIs and wearable computing. ReMoTe won the 2013 NSW State Innovation Awards in research and development.