Ph.D. Student Baris Unver and Prof. Lana Yarosh Receive Best Demo Award at UbiComp’17

Unver 2017
October 2, 2017

Ph.D. student Baris Unver received the Best Demo Award at the 29th International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2017). He was honored for his project “Asymmetric Device Interaction with Projector-Camera Systems.

Unver worked with advisor Professor Lana Yarosh and Director and Chief Experience Architect of Immersive Experiences Lab at HP Inc. Alexander Thayer on their projector-camera (pro-cam) system research.  Pro-cams are a communication systems that project captured images onto a local surface that allows for users to share a workspace remotely.  For example, two users using pro-cam systems from separate locations could use the virtually shared desktop to work on on anything from a board game to a homework assignment—or anything that can be displayed in an augmented reality environment.

Many studies have shown the benefits of these systems, but where most show how both users work with identical devices, for instance two desktop pro-cam systems, Unver and his team investigated ways to use similar systems across device systems—pairing a mobile phone to a desktop system or a tablet to a mobile phone, for example.

capture_170929_2.pngUnver is currently a second-year Ph.D. student within the GroupLens research group at the U of M.  His research focuses on online video communication systems, particularly pro-cam systems, and looks into how they can support social connections.

Ubicomp 2017 was held in Maui, Hawaii and is the premier outlet for novel research contributions in ubiquitous and pervasive computing systems. It is held in conjunction with the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC).

Please join CS&E in congratulating the entire team on receiving this award.

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