Breaking the Barriers to True Augmented Reality [SCIEN]

Breaking the Barriers to True Augmented Reality
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 4:30pm
Clark Center Auditorium
Dr. Christian Sandor (Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST))
Abstract / Description: 

In 1950, Alan Turing introduced the Turing Test, an essential concept in the philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (AI). He proposed an "imitation game" to test the sophistication of an AI software. Similar tests have been suggested for fields including Computer Graphics and Visual Computing. In this talk, we will propose an Augmented Reality Turing Test (ARTT).

Augmented Reality (AR) embeds spatially-registered computer graphics in the user's view in realtime. This capability can be used for a lot of purposes; for example, AR hands can demonstrate manual repair steps to a mechanic. To pass the ARTT, we must create AR objects that are indistinguishable from real objects. Ray Kurzweil bet USD 20,000 that the Turing Test will be passed by 2029. We think that the ARTT can be passed significantly earlier.

We will discuss the grand challenges for passing the ARTT, including: calibration, localization & tracking, modeling, rendering, display technology, and multimodal AR. We will also show examples from our previous and current work at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan.


Dr. Christian Sandor is an Associate Professor at one of Japan's most prestigious research universities, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), where he is co-directing the Interactive Media Design Lab together with Professor Hirokazu Kato. Since the year 2000, his foremost research interest is Augmented Reality, as he believes that it will have a profound impact on the future of mankind.

In 2005, he obtained a doctorate in Computer Science from the Munich University of Technology, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Gudrun Klinker and Prof. Steven Feiner. He decided to explore the research world in the spirit of Alexander von Humboldt and has lived outside of Germany ever since to work with leading research groups at institutions including: Columbia University (New York, USA), Canon's Leading-Edge Technology Research Headquarters (Tokyo, Japan), Graz University of Technology (Austria), University of Stuttgart (Germany), and Tohoku University (Japan).

Before joining NAIST, he directed the Magic Vision Lab ( Together with his students, he won awards at the premier Augmented Reality conference, IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR): best demo (2011) and best poster honourable mention (2012, 2013). He presented several keynotes and acquired funding close to 1.5 million dollars; in 2012, Magic Vision Lab was the first, and still only, Australian lab to be awarded in Samsung's Global Research Outreach Program. In 2014, he received a Google Faculty Award for creating an Augmented Reality X-Ray system for Google Glass.