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Linux In The Rough And Tumble World Of Outdoor Augmented Reality

Seminar

Over the last few years at LCA, I have spoken about various aspects of my research in the area of outdoor augmented reality, such as my Tinmith outdoor modelling system and the ARQuake game. For those who are not familiar with the area, augmented reality allows people to use a head mounted display to view 3D information projected in real-time over the physical world.

In this talk, I will present the things that I have learned from developing Linux-based mobile outdoor systems over the last six years. Linux has evolved considerably during this time, adding many new features which make it ideal for use in AR and mobile systems. I will use this session to discuss the advantages of using Linux for this development, as well as the areas where it is currently lacking and what needs to be improved.

This talk will contain lots of interesting stories from my years of experience, giving you an idea of the kinds of problems faced when working outdoors that are not obvious to desktop users. While my work is in the area of AR and wearable computers, I will discuss topics that are of interest to many users, such as embedded computing, 3D hardware acceleration, Firewire video, USB devices, and custom hardware interfaces. I will also be bringing along my latest generation miniaturised backpack to demonstrate during the talk.

Wayne Piekarski

Wayne is currently the Assistant Director of the Wearable Computer Lab at the University of South Australia, 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 five 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.