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ATHENA INSTITUTE SEMINAR: Intelligent Mobile Augmented Reality: Promise, Challenges, and Solutions

Jun 17

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Friday, June 17, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Maria Gorlatova


Dr. Maria Gorlatova

ABSTRACT: Mobile augmented reality (AR), which integrates virtual objects with 3D real environments in real time, has been showing outstanding potential in many application areas including education, retail, and medicine. A key part of the so-called Metaverse that is being developed by multiple companies including Meta and Apple, AR is broadly expected to redefine how humans interact with the world around them. Yet current AR falls short of many of the expectations. This talk presents our vision of multi-device edge computing-supported architectures for next-generation intelligent AR. The talk describes shortcomings in modern AR's semantic and spatial awareness capabilities and describes how a combination of advances in edge computing and machine learning can address some of the key challenges. The talk also highlights the opportunities associated with the close integration of AR platforms and their users, and describes how edge computing-based architectures can improve user context awareness in AR. The talk showcases several next-generation AR applications, including AR in surgery and mental health. BIO: Dr. Maria Gorlatova is a Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Duke University and PI in the Athena AI Institute. Her research is in emerging pervasive technologies, with a particular focus on next-generation augmented reality and the Internet of Things. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and her M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada. She spent two years at Princeton University Electrical Engineering Department as an Associate Research Scholar and an Associate Director of the Princeton University EDGE Lab. Dr. Gorlatova received multiple awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, Facebook Research Award, Google Anita Borg Fellowship, the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Award for Advances in Communications, the IEEE ComSoc Young Author Best Paper Award, ACM SenSys Best Student Demonstration Award, and the IEEE/ACM IPSN Best Research Artifact Award. Zoom Link: Please contact if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Athena Institute.