I first met Ramesh in summer 2012 during an intensive week of seminars and talks about future trends in imaging that was held at the Vienna University of Technology. I was fascinated by the possibilities and the how new ways to capture, process and distribute imaging sensor data might foster novel techniques that can change our everyday life in many ways, especially if it is employed to create new ways for human computer interaction.

I became engaged with research during my graduate studies in computer science when I was working as a student research at the Fraunhofer Institute of Computer Graphics in Darmstadt, Germany.  After joining the Interactive Media System Group at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, as a research assistant and PhD candidate, I intensively worked on concepts for wide area optical tracking and 3D interaction in mobile augmented reality environments.

During my initial research on 3D interaction, I used imaging data as core sensor input data to create intuitive metaphors to interact with the virtual environment. To make interaction ubiquitous and more robust against environmental interferences, I investigated concepts to incorporate and fuse different sensor data.  I then discussed potential future research scenarios with Munehiko Sato from Camera Culture.

During my stay at the Media Lab, I work on enabling ways to create capacity sensors by standard tools, such as pencils or conductive ink, to enable a straightforward transformation of everyday objects into responsive, interactive structures. I also collaborated with Barmak Heshmat on novel concepts for ultra-fast image acquisition. My work here is focused on post processing imaging data that have been captured using a titled lenslet array.

It has been an exciting time so far in the group.  The Media Lab is a vibrant place to work and I am enjoying a great summer in Cambridge with the MIT Sailing Marina just around the corner.  I hope that there will be an ongoing collaboration in the future between Camera Culture and my group in Vienna, as there are a lot of open research topics at the intersection of imaging technology and virtual reality.

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Hisham Bedri, Annette Mossel, and Chibbley the Biomech Dog

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The Camera Culture Team

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Kayaking on the Charles

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Our Kayak Group


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