Since August 2018, Michael Sedlmair is a researcher at the Visualization Research Center at the University of Stuttgart. As Assistant Professor his work focuses on the development of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions, Data Visualization, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). In an interview he answered some questions regarding his current and future research activities and his idea of how our future might look like.
The International Society on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia (VSMM) held its 23rd International Conference in Dublin/Ireland and Belfast/Northern Ireland, on October 30th to November 5th, 2017. In total, about 150 participants enjoyed an exciting program, consisting of Workshops and Conference tracks in Dublin, and Special Workshops and Cultural Tours in Belfast. The VSMM Society launched its conferences 23 years ago in Japan, in the early stages of Virtual Reality applications. Since then, it brings together leading researchers in the application of digital media, mobile, and virtual and augmented reality technology together with users across a diverse community.
In summer, I was at Facebook/Oculus in Redmond (USA). My internship was in the perceptual science group at Oculus Research. My work was closely related to my thesis topic as well as to my work in the SFB-TRR 161 at the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems, University of Stuttgart (Germany). I was responsible for the development of a study design, the experimental apparatus, and conducting a user study in virtual reality to investigate the effect of virtual hands on tactile perception.
At the end of last month, Michael Klein from 7reasons, Vienna, visited the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS). Within the Lecture Series “Visual Computing“ carried out by the Universities of Stuttgart and Konstanz within the research project SFB-TRR 161, he gave an enlightening talk about the application of computer graphics for cultural heritage preservations.