AASU Students Augment Their Reality at Symposium
(November 19, 2009) Felix Hamza-Lup, professor of computer science at Armstrong Atlantic State University, was joined by five of his students at the 2009 ISMAR, an international symposium for mixed and augmented reality researchers and innovators, hosted in Orlando, Florida in November.
Augmented reality (AR) builds on computer science theory and applications to merge views of real physical environments with virtual, computer-generated images. The result is the ability to make visible the invisible, such as watching on a laptop or cell phone screen concentrations of carbon monoxide hovering over a New York City street.
Hamza-Lup served as the chair of professional networking for the conference with the help of his students. The event is a blend of conference, tutorials and expo that brings together the latest augmented reality innovations and cutting-edge industrial applications. This year's event was divided into three tracks: science and technology; arts media and humanity; and a tutorial track.
"Students get a rare chance to see the latest advances in 3D visualization hardware, mobile platforms and software applications," said Hamza-Lup. "They meet other students and faculty involved in research and development worldwide and participate in super condensed learning sessions and tutorials."
Augmented reality applications are being used in manufacturing. For example, Volkswagen employs the technology in its manufacturing plants to optimize design, development and factory planning. The technology is quickly going mobile.
"The market for handheld and mobile augmented reality applications is ready to take off and generate revolutionary user interfaces," said Hamza-Lup.
"After attending an event like ISMAR, students return to campus with a rich understanding of the potential that they have as computer scientists to make an impact in their field. They understand that computer science is not only about programming but also creativity, vision and innovation."