Alex Hill

Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Interactive Computing



Alex Hill is a postdoctoral fellow researching architectures for mobile augmented reality. He lead the research effort on the KHARMA architecture associated with the first version of the Argon iPhone client. He also lead development of the UART toolkit for the Unity 3D game engine, and the ClearSpace research project on collaborative work in virtual environments that leverages the Wonderland open source virtual world toolkit. He collaborated on outdoor augmented reality projects in urban environments with the RNOC and IMAGINE labs. Alex received his doctorate in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he worked in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, the birthplace of the CAVE virtual reality room and one of the longest running academic collaborations between computer scientists and art students. While at EVL, Alex worked on developing a framework for transitioning work environments between desktop and immersion called Withindows. He also taught a course on virtual reality and worked closely with MFA students in the School of Art and Design to develop electronic art pieces for the medium. Alex recently worked as a research scientist at the Articulab that is part of the Center for Technology and Social Behavior founded by Justine Cassell. While at Northwestern, Alex worked on developing modular systems for realizing virtual peers based on the SmartBody architecture developed at USC. This work also involved developing extensions to the Behavior Markup Language recently put forward by Hannes VilhjálmssonStephan Kopp and others in the field.


Yankelovich, Nicole, Jordon Slott, Alex Hill, Matthew Bonner, Jacob Schiefer, Blair MacIntyre, Elena Mugellini, Omar Khaled, Frédéric Barras, Jacques Bapst, Maribeth Back, Edgardo Aviles-Lopez, and José Antonio Garcia-Macias. 2009. "Building and Employing Cross-Reality." IEEE Pervasive Computing, 8 (3): 55-57. IEEE.

Conference Papers

Hill, Alex, Matthew Bonner, and Blair MacIntyre. 2011. "ClearSpace: Mixed Reality Virtual Teamrooms." Paper presented at HCI '11. 9-14 July 2011. Orlando, Florida. Springer, 333-342.

Hill, Alex, Evan Barba, Blair MacIntyre, Maribeth Gandy, and Brian Davidson. 2011. "Mirror Worlds: Experimenting with Heterogeneous AR." Paper presented at ISUVR '11. 22-25 August 2011. Daejoen, South Korea. 9-12.

Hill, Alex, Jacob Schiefer, Jeff Wilson, Brian Davidson, Maribeth Gandy, and Blair MacIntyre. 2011. "Virtual Transparency: Introducing Parallax View into Video See-Through AR." Paper presented at ISMAR '11. Switzerland. Basel: IEEE, 239-240.

MacIntyre, Blair, Alex Hill, Hafez Rouzati, Maribeth Gandy, and Brian Davidson. 2011. "The Argon AR Web Browser and Standards-Based AR Application Environment." Paper presented at ISMAR '11. November 2011. IEEE.

Hill, Alex, Blair MacIntyre, Maribeth Gandy, Brian Davidson, and Hafez Rouzati. 2010. "KHARMA: An Open KML/HTML Architecture for Mobile Augmented Reality Applications." Paper presented at Poster Track of the 9th International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR '10). 13-16 October 2010. Seoul, Korea. IEEE, 233-234.
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