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Seminar: Augmented Reality as the Future of Personal Computing

Doug Bowman

Frank J. Maher Professor, Virginia Tech

Friday, October 11, 2019
11:15am - 12:15pm
2150 Torgersen Hall


Personal computing went through a revolution just over a decade ago with the introduction of the smartphone. In this talk, I will argue that we are on the cusp of another huge change in the way we consume and interact with information—that augmented reality (AR) has the potential to replace not only our smartphones, but also our tablets, our desktops, and our TVs. With its ability to display virtual content anywhere, integrated seamlessly with our view of the real world, AR can give us the information we want anytime, anywhere. But there are many research challenges to address before this vision can become a reality. Of course, the technology needs to get better. At the same time, though, we must also design effective methods for interacting with and managing AR content, and we must understand the effects of always-on AR on individuals and societies.


Doug A. Bowman is the Frank J. Maher Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech. He is the principal investigator of the 3D Interaction Group, focusing on the topics of three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments. Dr. Bowman is one of the co-authors of 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice. He has served in many roles for the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, including program chair, general chair, and steeering committee chair. He also co-founded the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (now part of IEEE VR). He received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on 3D Interaction, and has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received the Technical Achievement award from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee in 2014. His undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science is from Emory University, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.