During April 18 to 23, 2015, Computer Science professor Dr. Tiffany Y. Tang, Dr. Pinata Winoto and junior student Yongfu (Relic) Wang attended the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (ACM CHI 2015)in Seoul, Korea.

Yongfu Wang, Dr.Pinata Winto, and Dr.Tiffany Tang

CHI is the premier international forum for human-computer interaction.This year, the conference attracted more than 2900 researchers around the world to exchange their latest research.

The WKU poster (second from the left), along with posters by researchers from University of Basel and MIT; many other posters are from world-class universities such as Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Harvard, Stanford, Univ. Michigan, Univ. British Columbia, Univ. College London, Univ. Edinburgh, Univ. Stuttgart, TU München, RWTH Aachen, KU Leuven, TU Delft, Univ. Tokyo, Tsinghua Univ., NUS, KAIST, among others.

During the conference, the WKU team presented their system “Having Fun Over a Distance: Supporting Multiplayer Online Ball Passing Using Multiple Sets of Kinect” , together with presenters from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Artificial Intelligence Lab and another two from University of Basel (one of the leading universities in Switzerland); many other students from such top universities asHarvard University, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Northwestern University, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore, University of Tokyo, also showed their works.

The demonstrated system made use of three sets of Microsoft Kinect to construct an augmented virtual ball passing game that allows multi-players to interact with each other over a distance. Meanwhile, it also allows users to be able to see each other in person and the environment.

The system at a glance

The system demo can be watched at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYE2mFqOBMo&feature=youtu.be

The paper documenting this research can be downloaded from the ACM Digital Library at:

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2702613.2732848

Meanwhile, the WKU team also presented their work in the Third International Symposium of Chinese CHI (Chinese CHI 2015) during April 18-19, 2015. Chinese CHI is Chinese leading forum for research in all areas of Human-Computer Interaction. It attracts an international community of practitioners, researchers, academics and students from a wide range of disciplines including user experience design, software engineering, human factors, information systems, social science and creative industries among other disciplines. Other speakers presented their papers in the venue come from National Taiwan University, University of Michigan, Tsinghua University, Peking University, etc.

Dr. Tang, Dr. Winotoand Yongfu (Relic) would like to acknowledge the support from Wenzhou-Kean University, especially the Academic Affair Office. Many thanks also go to Stellar Shi from the Academic Affairs office for her help and kindness.

More details on the on-going project can be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/media/