Dr Wayne Piekarski has recently completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of South Australia and has worked in the area of outdoor augmented reality and 3D user interfaces for 5 years. To demonstrate his research work, he developed the Tinmith augmented reality software system, as well as a number of different backpack computers to enable users to experience real time 3D environments while moving around outdoors. Developing these systems has involved the hacking of lots of diverse types of software along the way, as well as the occasional hardware device.
Wayne is currently the Assistant Director of the Wearable Computer Lab at UniSA, one of the leading labs in the world for augmented reality and wearable computer based research. He is also a lecturer in Computer Graphics and Computer Systems Architecture with the School of Computer and Information Science. He has been invited to speak about his research at a number of international conferences all over the world, including the last four LCAs and was awarded a much prized LCA best speaker award in 2002! Wayne has worked with Linux since 1995 when he first installed Slackware and kernel 1.1.59, and has used it ever since for his development work.
Wayne Piekarski is presenting: