Professor, Department of Computer Science Columbia University
Steven Feiner is Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab, and co-directs the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center. He and his lab have been doing AR research for over 25 years, creating the first outdoor mobile AR system using a see-through display and GPS tracking in 1996, and pioneering experimental applications of AR to fields such as tourism, journalism, maintenance, and construction. Steve is an IEEE Fellow and received the 2018 ACM CHI Lifetime Research Award, the 2017 IEEE ISMAR Career Impact Award, and the 2014 IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Career Award. Together with his students, he has won the ACM UIST Lasting Impact Award for their work on supporting 2D windows in AR and the ISWC Early Innovator Award for their paper on outdoor mobile AR. Steve is coauthor of two editions of the well-known textbook Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, and is lead advisor to Meta, the AR company.
What is AR and where is it going? This talk will provide an introduction to AR in the many forms that it has taken, from its birth 50 years ago until now. Along the way, I will provide some insight into the welter of terms, both old and new, that are currently being used and abused to refer to AR. And I will discuss what’s to come, as AR researchers and practitioners explore collaboration, mobility, and context, in the march toward ubiquity.