Within the lab, we have an ongoing collection of multi-disciplinary research and design projects. The goal of supporting these projects is to better understand how to approach expression, interaction and the creation content in augmented and mixed reality environments. The research effort is a collaboration between students and researchers in Media Studies (from the School of Language, Communication and Culture) and in Computer Science/Human-Computer Interaction/Human-Centered-Computing (from the College of Computing).
We believe that compelling, non-trivial experiences will be vital to the success of augmented reality and that revolutionary, rather than incremental, progress toward understanding AR as a new media, and the software architectures to support it, can be made by having multi-disciplinary groups of students and researchers from Design (who are concerned with design issues such as interpretive conventions and narrative forms), and Computing (who will be studying and building the AR tools and technology) collaborate on common projects.
We believe these multi-disciplinary projects can lead to revolutionary advances in understanding AR user-interface design that would be impossible by either community in isolation.