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Seminar: Digital media, perception, and interaction in the real world

March 25, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

With the growing prominence of digital media, there is increasing importance in understanding how humans interact with different forms of digital media, and where technology may fit naturally in our everyday lives. In this talk, I will discuss two major research directions addressing human interaction with visual media, and human interaction with environment respectively.

There are many factors that contribute to how humans view visual media, from photos to web pages to video. In this talk, I will discuss strategies for making inferences about both observer and visual media based on computational analysis of form and content of visual media, and through eye tracking recordings associated with different data or tasks. This analysis provides insight into affective characteristics of visual media, and sheds light on what may be inferred from an observer’s gaze patterns about the content being viewed, or about the observer.

In the second part of this talk, I will discuss the role of technology in interaction between humans and their environment. This portion of the talk explores examples of making use of mobile devices, depth cameras and see-through displays in facilitating this type of interaction. This discussion has broader relevance to applications in augmented and virtual reality and ubiquitous analytics.

Dr. Neil Bruce is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, Canada. His research interests are interdisciplinary and include human and computer vision, multimedia, image processing, machine learning, computational neuroscience, and 3D modeling and reconstruction. A point of emphasis within these categories is the use of computational methods to understand behavior, or engineer systems that that include humans in the loop.

Prior to joining the University of Manitoba Dr. Bruce completed two post-doctoral fellowships, one at the Centre for Vision Research at York University, and the other at INRIA Sophia Antipolis in France. He has also work as a Researcher at Epson Canada, and collaborated on a number of industry projects involving augmented reality and computer vision. Dr. Bruce completed his Ph.D. in the department of Computer Science and Engineering in 2008 as a member of the Centre for Vision Research at York University, Toronto, Canada. In 2003, he completed an M.A.Sc in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and received an Honours B.Sc. with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Guelph in 2001.


March 25, 2015
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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York University
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