“A Hand-Held, Self-Contained Simulated Transparent Display” to be presented at ISMAR 2016 (poster)


Next week (September 19-13, 2016), I will be at the 15th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2016) in Merida, Mexico. At ISMAR I have a poster paper titled “A Hand-Held, Self-Contained Simulated Transparent Display”:

Hand-held transparent displays are important infrastructure for augmented reality applications. Truly transparent displays are not yet feasible in hand-held form, and a promising alternative is to simulate transparency by displaying the image the user would see if the display were not there. Previous simulated transparent displays have important limitations, such as being tethered to auxiliary workstations, requiring the user to wear obtrusive head-tracking devices, or lacking the depth acquisition support that is needed for an accurate transparency effect for close-range scenes.

We describe a general simulated transparent display and three prototype implementations (P1, P2, and P3), which take advantage of emerging mobile devices and accessories. P1 uses an off-the-shelf smartphone with built-in head-tracking support; P1 is compact and suitable for outdoor scenes, providing an accurate transparency effect for scene distances greater than 6m. P2 uses a tablet with a built-in depth camera; P2 is compact and suitable for short-distance indoor scenes, but the user has to hold the display in a fixed position. P3 uses a conventional tablet enhanced with on-board depth acquisition and head tracking accessories; P3 compensates for user head motion and provides accurate transparency even for close-range scenes. The prototypes are hand-held and self-contained, without the need of auxiliary workstations for computation.

NSF GRFP Essays Uploaded

In 2015, I was awarded a fellowship from the NSF GRFP (National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship). I recommend any grad student apply if they are eligible for it, even if they are unsure of their chances. The process of writing essays about yourself and your research plans is a great opportunity to organize your thoughts at the beginning of grad school.

My essays (Personal Statement and Research Proposal) are available on my website, and also at Alex Lang’s wonderful page of tips about how to do well when applying for fellowships:

NSF GRFP – Personal Statement – Dan Andersen

NSF GRFP – Research Proposal – Dan Andersen

Purdue CS department article about my NSF fellowship

Daniel Andersen

Earlier this year, I received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). It’s a five-year fellowship, providing three years of financial support. This week, Purdue University’s computer science department did a short article about my fellowship:

CS Grad Student Selected for NSF Fellowship