3DUI 2007 07 Speakers/Presenters 07 07

3DUI 2007 Keynote:

Robert J.K. Jacob, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University, USA

Reality-Based Interaction


I will describe the notion of Reality-Based Interaction (RBI) as a unifying concept that ties together a large subset of the emerging generation of new user interfaces. It attempts to connect current paths of research in HCI and to provide a framework that can be used to understand, compare, and relate these new developments. Viewing them through the lens of RBI provides insights for designers and allows us to find gaps or opportunities for future development. I believe 3D user interfaces are a key part of this larger trend, rather than a specialized niche. I will talk about reality-based interaction as well as some other elements of emerging next generation interaction styles, some examples from my research group, and some implications for the future of 3DUI.


Robert Jacob is a Professor of Computer Science at Tufts University, where his research interests are new interaction media and techniques and user interface software. He was also a visiting professor at the MIT Media Laboratory, in the Tangible Media Group, and continues collaboration with that group. Before coming to Tufts, he was in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the Naval Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and he is a member of the editorial board of Human-Computer Interaction and the ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction and was Papers Co-Chair of the CHI 2001 conference and Vice-President of ACM SIGCHI. He was elected to the ACM CHI Academy in 2007, an honorary group of people who have made extensive contributions to the study of HCI and have led the shaping of the field.

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