16 Nov 2020 • CONVERSATION SERIES ➤ Initial insights into Design-led application of Augmented (AR) and Mixed-Reality (MR) in Built Environment contexts, A/Prof M. Rittenbruch & Dr J. Seevinck



Initial insights into Design-led application of Augmented (AR) and Mixed-Reality (MR) in Built Environment contexts

In this Conversation Series seminar A/Prof Rittenbruch and Dr Seevinck will present and discuss initial insights from our research project “Exploring the Design-led application of Augmented (AR) and Mixed-Reality (MR) in Built Environment contexts”. The seed project was funded by the Creative Industries Faculty and is conducted within the QUT Design Lab.

Immersive AR, uses head-mounted displays to overlay virtual 3D content onto real-world spaces. MR combines aspects of Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies and allows for virtual elements to be made tangible and interactive. Both AR and MR allow users to see other users and the physical context in which they are working, leveraging significant opportunities for teamwork, communication and context- sensitive analysis and response.

The project investigating the adoption of AR/MR in the built environment industries (Architecture, Engineering & Construction, AEC) of Queensland and Australia. It aims to develop a set of targeted prototypes and scenarios that are co-designed with industry to drive novel applications of AR/MR technologies in the context of AEC. This presentation delivers initial insights into the use and adoption of AR/MR gained through a series of interviews conducted with industry stakeholders.

A/Prof Markus Rittenbruch is the Associate Director of the QUT Design Lab and an Associate Professor of Interaction Design in the School of Design. Markus has over 25 years of experience in the participatory design of technology. His work focusses on the design and study of emerging technologies and interaction approaches, including collaborative systems, natural & tangible user interfaces, human-robot collaboration, participatory data visualisation and extended reality. He is a Chief Investigator and Program lead in the Training Centre for Collaborative Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing (2021-2025) and a Design Lead in the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM Hub). Throughout his career Markus has attracted over $8.2M in research funding, including $4.9M for the Training Centre for Collaborative Robotics where he will co-lead a research program on Human-Robot Interaction. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications, including publications in the leading journals in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction Journal) and CSCW (Journal on Computer Supported Cooperative Work) and leading conferences in Ubicomp, HCI and Interaction Design.

Dr Jen Seevinck is a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design and Visual Communication. She builds computer-based interaction designs that draw on scientific and poetic interpretations of the world, and studies audience experience using qualitative methods – including Grounded Theory and Thematic Analysis – with the aim of furthering our knowledge of experience design for emerging technologies and aesthetics.  Jen uses visualisation technology and design methods to collaborate with scientists from health, environment and citizen science – as a Visiting Scientist at Data 61, CSIRO (2017-9), Artist-in-Residence in Science with Queensland Government (2018) and in workshops with kids on mosquito habitats while also a board member of the Australian Citizen Science Association’s Queensland chapter (2019-20). In a previous life Jen was a Research Scientist at the Virginia Modelling Analysis Simulation Centre, USA (2000-7) co-developing interaction designs using state-of-the-art technologies visualisation (including CAVE & AR) and applied to medicine, space and engineering. Her artwork has won international awards and been exhibited at conferences and contemporary art galleries in Beijing, Tokyo, Australia and the U.S.A., she has multiple research publications and a research monograph on ‘Emergence in Interactive Art’ (Springer, 2017).

Presented by QUT Design Lab Conversation Series via Zoom, on Monday, 16 November, 2020 at 1pm.  To participate, simply following this Zoom link.  Please note, these events are recorded, and will be made available for public viewing.


About QUT Design Lab Conversation Series

The QUT Design Lab Conversation Series is a monthly seminar, assembled as a way for us all to engage with our colleagues about the amazing research going on in our Centre.

About the format: The Conversation Series will take place monthly and cover both internal and external speakers. The length of the session will be up to one hour (because Zoom meetings are exhausting), including a short presentation (20-30 minutes) followed by a Q&A or panel session.

About the logistics: The seminars will take place as a Zoom meeting rather than a webinar for the time being. For questions, sharing links and continuing the conversation we encourage you to use the dedicated #dl-conversations channel on Slack (rather than the Zoom chat feature) that has been set up for this purpose. This way we have a continuous record of shared links and conversations.

Associate Professor Markus Rittenbruch
Associate Director, QUT Design Lab
Associate Professor of Interaction Design, School of Design
Creative Industries Faculty | Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
CRICOS No. 00213J

P: +61 (0)7 3138 8355 |  M: +61 (0)447 282 521
Email: m.rittenbruch@qut.edu.au





Location: Online Seminar
Start Date: 16/11/2020 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 1pm
Cost: Free
Organiser: QUT Design Lab

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