The Empathic Computing Laboratory (ECL) is an academic research laboratory at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia, and at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand. Directed by Prof. Mark Billinghurst, the ECL is exploring new ways for technology to enable people to better understand one another.


  • Empathic Computing
  • Collaborative Interfaces
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality

Latest Projects

Using a Mobile Phone in VR

Virtual Reality (VR) Head-Mounted Display (HMD) technology immerses a user in a computer generated virtual environment. However, a VR HMD also blocks the users’ view of their physical surroundings, and so prevents them from using their mobile phones in a […]

Sharing Gesture and Gaze Cues for Enhancing AR Collaboration

This project explores how gaze and gestures could be used to enhance collaboration in Mixed Reality environments. Gaze and gesture provide important cues for face to face collaboration, but it can be difficult to convey those same cues in current […]

Brain Synchronisation in VR

Collaborative Virtual Reality have been the subject of research for nearly three decades now. This has led to a deep understanding of how individuals interact in such environments and some of the factors that impede these interactions. However, despite this […]

Latest Publications

NapWell: An EOG-based Sleep Assistant Exploring the Effects of Virtual Reality on Sleep Onset

Pai, Y. S., Bait, M. L., Lee, J., Xu, J., Peiris, R. L., Woo, W., ... & Kunze, K. (2022). NapWell: an EOG-based sleep assistant exploring the effects of virtual reality on sleep onset. Virtual Reality, 26(2), 437-451.

RaITIn: Radar-Based Identification for Tangible Interactions

Gunasekaran, T. S., Hajika, R., Pai, Y. S., Hayashi, E., & Billinghurst, M. (2022, April). RaITIn: Radar-Based Identification for Tangible Interactions. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (pp. 1-7).

New Updates

Using Mixed Reality for Remote Collaboration

Theo Teo, from the Empathic Computing Laboratory, has just completed his PhD thesis on using Mixed Reality technology to improve remote collaboration. This blog post provides a quick summary of his PhD work. Recent advances in digital devices and hardware […]

Where in the World is AR Research Happening?

By Prof. Mark Billinghurst (Original posting at medium.com)   This post provides a brief overview of where Augmented Reality (AR) research is happening in universities around the world. Academic Research in Augmented Reality arguably dates back to the 1960’s with […]

Prof. Mark Billinghurst @AWE2018

Prof. Mark Billinghurst gave a presentation on “Augmented Teleportation” at the AWE 2018 Conference, Santa Clara, US.