DS-RT 2007

Keynote Speakers

In addition to the technical papers, DS-RT 2007 program includes two distinguished Keynote Speakers

Date: October 22, 2007, 9.00am

Keynote title: Spatial Awareness of Digital Artefacts
Prof. Alois Ferscha,
Institut für Pervasive Computing, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria

Date: October 23, 2007, 8.45am

Keynote title: Distributed Virtual Reality in Education
Dr. Hannes Kaufmann, ISIS, TU Wien
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Keynote title: Distributed Virtual Reality in Education
Dr. Hannes Kaufmann, ISIS, TU Wien

Abstract: Educational virtual reality (VR) applications have a huge potential to support learning and teaching. A brief overview of previous educational VR applications will be followed by a summary of requirements specific to this field. In a typical collaborative classroom situation where large groups of users must be supported, as well as in distance education, robust and reliable networked environments are of primary importance.
The speaker will present Construct3D, an application for geometry education that has been developed at the VR group at Vienna University of Technology throughout the past 6 years. Specific design aspects to allow distributed collaboration in Construct3D are presented. This concerns improvements of the user interface, usability and system performance including bandwidth efficiency.
The results of three evaluations, some of them in co-located and distributed setups, with a total of more than 500 students in over 300 teaching lessons will be presented.

Bio: Hannes Kaufmann is assistant professor at the Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems at Vienna University of Technology and head of the VR group since 2005. His master study on mathematics and geometry with the aim of becoming a teacher was succeeded by PhD research in the Virtual and Augmented Reality group, Vienna University of Technology. After completing his PhD thesis in 2004 on "Geometry Education with Augmented Reality" he did postdoc research in the EU-IST project Lab@Future. He is and was project manager of EU R&D projects, national research projects and participated in projects in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, spatial abilities, geometry, educational mathematics and geometry software and published more than 30 scientific articles up to date.
Since 1999 he develops Construct3D, a distributed virtual reality application for mathematics and geometry education. Emerging from the need to keep costs of high quality educational VR systems low, he initiated the development of a low-cost optical tracking system "ioTracker" that is commercially available since 2007.