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Our researchers Klen Čopič Pucihar and Matjaž Kljun from HICUP lab at UP FAMNIT have yesterday (16 October 2018) together
with professor http://people.cs.uu.nl/huerst from Utrecht University (Netherlands) and professor Daisuke Iwai from Osaka University (Japan) co-organised a succesfull 2nd international workshop on MULTIMODAL VIRTUAL & AUGMENTED REALITY (MVAR 2018)  in conjunction with the prestigious conference IEEE ISMAR 2018 - International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality. The workshop was attended by more than 50 participants.

Internationalization program came to an end.  We hosted 13 fantastic speakers, researchers and visionaries @HICUPLab over past two years. Dear friends, you left lasting impact! Thank you all again and thx to EU for this great opportunity.

Peter CHANTHANAKONE, the award winning director and producer specializing in 3D animated short films will run a workshop on "Creating Animated Models with Recap and Maya". Organized by HICUP Lab @University of Primorska.

In the workshop you will learn how to use photogrammetry to reconstruct 3D objects from images alone. In this process we will use Recap software from Autodesk. In the second part of the workshop you will learn how to animate the curated models.

Spaces are limited. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE WORKSHOP HERE!

Peter CHANTHANAKONE will present a  seminar on Monday, 28th of May 2018 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska.

Peter Chanthanakone is an award winning director and producer specializing in 3D animated short films. He won numerous film festival awards and his works has been selected in major film festivals around the world such as Germany, France, Austria, Canada, China, Belgium, S. Korea, Pakistan, India, Australia, Italy as a retrospective at the 2013 VIEW Animation Video Festival and on a giant screen in Times Square in the NYC International Film Festival.

PLEASE SIGN-UP FOR THE TALK HERE!

A seminar titled "Grand Challenges in Shape-Changing Interface Research" will be presented by Jason ALEXANDER, on Monday, 21st of May 2018 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska.

Jason ALEXANDER is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University (UK) and specializes on the development of shape-changing interfaces—surfaces that can dynamically change their geometry based on digital content or user input and in particular their application to data physicalization.

A seminar titled "Recent Research Adventures at Sciling" will be presented by dr Luis A. LEIVA on Monday, 14th of May 2018 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska.

Luis A. LEIVA is a  co-founder and chief technological officer (CTO) at Sciling, a Machine Learning agency based in Spain.

The round table presented the results of an analysis of the attitudes and competences of teachers and students for didactic use of ICT at Fautly of Education, University of Primorska and evolved around the topic of ICT use in teaching and learning.

Our professors Klen Čopič Pucihar  and Matjaž Kljun visited the University of St Andrews where they delivered two seminars titled "The Missing Interface: Micro Gestures on Objects for Augmented Reality Interaction" and "Large scale studies of habit changing interface design". They were guests of prof Aaron Quigley.

A seminar titled "On body and Out of body Interactions" will be presented by Jessica CAUCHARD on Wednesday, 4th of April 2018 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska.

Jessica CAUCHARD, is a Senior Lecturer at IDC Herzliya, Israel in the departments of Computer Science and Communications. Jessica was a postodoctoral research fellow at Stanford's Computer Science Human-Computer Interaction laboratory and completed her PhD at the University of Bristol at the Interaction & Graphics research lab.

The visit came to an end. We had great time together. Matthew surprised us with many things including a video of him and Bill Gates demonstrating live the systems he built with his Vision Technology Group.

A seminar titled "Being There: Augmented Reality for Remote Collaboration" will be presented by dr Matthew TURK on Wednesday, 28. March 2018 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska.

Matthew TURK is a Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA) and co-director of UCSB Four Eyes Lab.

A seminar titled "On body and Out of body Interactions" will be presented by Jessica CAUCHARD on Wednesday, 4th of April 2018 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska.

 

Jens Grubert is Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the Internet of Things at Coburg University. He is curently visiting UP FAMNIT and HICUP lab. As a part of the visit Jens will give several lectures on Augmented and Virtual reality and his research to both undergraduate and grauate students as well as discuss future collaboration with the HICUP lab.

The University of St Andrews and Primorska are soon to agree to award a joint degree with the title of Doctor of Philosophy (on condition that the joint PhD study programme in Computer Science will gain accreditation of the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education)...

A seminar titled "Appropriating the Body for Enhancing Mixed Reality Interaction" will be presented by dr Jens GRUBERT on Monday, 19. February 2018 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska.

We are looking for 2 assistants in the field of Computer science and informatics. The selected candidate will be offered one year full time contract (40 hours a week), starting from 1st February 2018.  The candidate needs to have an MSc (or equivalent of 2nd Bologna cycle) in Computer Science, valid habilitation title of Assistant in the field of Computer Science.

Application deadline 14th of January 2018. For more information visit this link.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies at the University of Primorska (UP FAMNIT) is offering one fully-funded PhD scholarship at HICUP LAB

We welcome applications from EU as well as International students who are enthusiastic about working as part of a multidisciplinary team focusing on applied computer science research in the following areas:
Human-computer Interaction
Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality
Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing

The selected candidate will be offered a tailored research project at UP FAMNIT.

HICUP Lab visited Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR). ATR is one of the leading research institutions in Japan and specialises in robotics and telecommunications research. Amongst others, we visited the famous  Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, one of the most famous humanoid robotics laboratory in Japan and met with humanoid robot Lucy.  The trip was exceptional in the amount of out-of-the-ordinary that we were able to see in just a single day. Let the pictures tell you the full story.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

HICUP Lab visits Osaka University

On 14th of October HICUP Lab visited Sato Laboratory at the Department of Systems Science and Applied Informatics, Osaka University. We were hosted by professor Daisuke Iwai and his students and engaged in informal workshop exchanging knowledge and research ideas though lab demonstrations. Pictures will tell you the rest of the story. Many thanks to our wonderful hosts!

 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

HICUP Lab visits University of Tokyo

On 11th of October Matjaž Kljun and Klen Čopič Pucihar visited University of Tokyo and gave talks at International Workshop on CG, AR/VR and Human Augmentation. As part of the visit Matjaž and Klen visited User Interface Research Group known (IGARASHI Lab), Cyber Interface Lab, and Living Lab Hongo. The laboratories are leaders in the field of User interface design and Human Computer interaction. The visit opened new collaboration possibilities for researchers and students through graduate student and research internships.  

Assistant professors Matjaž Kljun and Klen Čopič Pucihar gave lectures to masters and PhD students at the Graduate School of Information Science at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan. Their lectures were also visited by invited professors from the school. Titles and abstracts available in read more section.

Computer science students participated at Primatijada competition, which took place between 28 April and 3 May 2017 in Čajn Montenegro. 15 students from UP FAMNIT competed in the contest of knowledge and achieved excellent results. In the competition in informatics Leo Gombač won 1st place, Valentin Sojar and Patrik Kocjančič 2nd place, and Peter Kozlovič the 3rd place.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies at the University of Primorska (UP FAMNIT) is offering one fully-funded PhD scholarship for a planned Joint PhD (co-tutelle) in computer science with University of St Andrews (UK). The planned collaboration with St Andrews is dependent on finalising arrangements on the co-supervision of the Joint PhD.

We welcome applications from EU as well as International students who are enthusiastic about working as part of a multidisciplinary team focusing on applied computer science research in the following areas:
Human-computer Interaction
Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality
Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing.

The selected candidate will be offered a tailored research project at UP FAMNIT. It's planned that this will be in collaboration with the University of St Andrews (UK) subject to approval. The intention is that upon the successful completion of PhD the candidate will be awarded a joint degree under a planned Joint PhD (co-tutelle) agreement.

Professor Aaron Quigley will have a lecture titled "Ubiquitous User Interfaces" on Monday, 20th of March 2017 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska, Glagoljaška 8, Koper.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Hosting professor Aaron Quigley

We have a pleasure to host professor Aaron Quigley from 5th of March to 24th of March. He is the Chair of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. He is also the ACM SIGCHI Vice President for Conferences (and former ACM SIGCHI Adjunct Chair for Specialised Conferences). Visit his Orcid profile to get a full list of his education.

He will give several lectures in the fields of Human-computer interaction, Augmented and Virtual reality and Information visualisation.

University of Primorska has successfully obtained the funding for 26 projects under the Public call on The creative path to knowledge 2016/17 financed by the Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Interactive documentary iOtok

iOtok (iIsland) - interactive multimedia documentary - was released three weeks ago. The backend part of the web portal was entirely developed by members of CORA (Centre for aplication design and development) and HICUP LAB (Humans Interacting with Computers at University of Primorska).

Monday, 30 January 2017

DIST and UP FAMNIT at Informativa 2017

Informativa - the biggest Slovenian education and profession fair - was held on Saturday 28 January, at the Ljubljana Exhibition centre. The stand of the University of Primorska was visited by a large number of future students and current students have presented them our study programmes. In addition to the events on the stand various lectures were also organised for interested audience. Member of the department DIST Matjaz Kljun has introduced augmented reality.

Klen Čopič Pucihar and Matjaž Kljun from Department of Information Science and Technology had an interview on Radio Trst A - Rai Friuli Venezia Giulia (9. 1. 2017). They talked about the augmented and virtual reality in the show Prva Izmena - Hevreka.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Wolfgang Hürst hosted by DIST

We had a pleasure to host Wolfgang Hürst form 28.11. to 11.12. Wolfgang works in the Multimedia & Geometry Group, Information and Computing Sciences, at the Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, which is one of the Europe's best universities listed as 86th on the Times World University Rankings 2016-2017

The seminar titled "Multimodal virtual and augmented reality interaction experiences" will be presented by Wolfgang Hürst on Monday, 28 November 2016, at 16.00 at the premises of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technology, University of Primorska, Glagoljaška 8, Koper.

The visitors on the Slovenian Book Fair (23. 11. 2016 at 18:00) had a possibility to see excerpts from a documentary film about the discovery of the oldest surviving wooden wheel with the axis of the world (Ljubljana Marshes, 2002). They coul also meet the creators of the animated film and contemporary interactive comic book "Bobri VOZ": Miha Čelar, Klen Čopič Pucihar and Iztok H. Šuc.

Matjaz Kljun was a guest of a show "V Središču" on Radio Koper. He presented the echolocation prototype, which was created on the initiative of the Škocjan Caves and their University network initiative financed by UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme. The purpose of the project is to enable users to experience echolocation. Prototip was developed in cooperation with our student Patrik Kocjančič and Klen Čopič Pucihar.

After September's premiere of transmedia documentary "Reinventing the Wheel" at the Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož, the MMC RTV Slovenia portal (Slovenian only) also published a story about the interactive comic book Bobri of which augmented reality application was developed by DIST researcher dr. Klen Čopič Pucihar. A relaxed chat about the comic book with project collaborators was also held at the Monday literary matinee (Slovenian only) at the bookstore of Celjska Mohorjeva družba in Ljubljana.

Slovenian HCI conference HCI-IS 2016 took place on 11th October 2016 as a venue in the multiconference IS 2016. The aim of HCI-IS is bringing together researchers, practitioners and spectators interested in research area of Human-computer interaction.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Researchers' night in pictures

Researchers' Night was held throughout Slovenia on 30. 9. 2016. The members of DIST department were present in Taverna in Koper. We presented echolocation learning experience in cooperation with the Škocjan caves Park, comic Beaver carts with augmented reality content, making of 3D digital statue, and Head-mounted display controllable remote camera.

Below are some pictures from the event.

The RTV Slovenia show "Dobro Jutro" (literaly Good Morning) is a dynamic morning program aired every weekday. It is intertwined with the studio talks and live events from different parts of Slovenia. It has advisory, educational, entertainment and informational content. On the 29th of September they hosted also the vice-rector dr. Boris Boris Kavur, dr. Matjaž Kljun and Matej Voglar, who talked about Researchers' Night event taking place also at the University of Primorska.

The main purpose of the Science for Life project is to popularize the research profession and introduce it to the general public, esp. the youth. Through various activities, the project raises awareness of the important role of researchers, science and its impact on all areas of human activity. At the same time, the project informs of various European and national funding programmes and other activities aimed at researchers’ career development, research work, equipment and attractive working conditions.

Researchers from UP FAMNIT have developed an Augmenter Reality application for the cross-media documentary titled "Reinventing the Wheel". The documentary has been presented this weekend at the Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož

HICUP laboratory is part of the DIST department at FAMNIT. This video contains a presentation of student projects and projects made in cooperation with foreign universities and other institutions.

The members of HICUP lab virtualy presented three papers at the 12th IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers Conference. The conference is organised by the International Federation of Information Processing’s (IFIP) Technical Committee 9 (TC9) that focuses on the understanding how ICT innovation is associated with change in society and it works to shape socially responsible and ethical policies and professional practices in the information society.

"Reality has never been so unreal as it is today. The technology of virtual and augmented reality is relentlessly changing our everyday lives."

"Slowly, but steadily is technology of virtual and augmenter reality penetrating our daily life. While virtual reality presents a complete leap into the digital world, augmented reality tries to merge digital world  with physical one."

Some images from Informativa 2016. Deprtment DIST from UP FAMNIT has been showing our virtual and augmented reality prototypes, 3D scanners and organised a lottery for 15 Google Cardboards.