Allison is a PhD student at the Empathic Computing Lab. She received her Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of St Andrews in 2018. She currently works under Professor Mark Billinghurst and Dr Gun Lee supervision, focusing on non-verbal gaze and gesture sharing XR remote collaboration research.
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 teleconferencing systems. However Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technology can be used to share hand and eyep-tracking information. For example a remote user in VR could have their hands tracked and shared with a local user in AR who can see virtual hands appearing over their workspace showing them what to do. In a similar way eye-tracking technology can be used to share the gaze of a remote helper with a local working to help them perform better on a real world task. Our research has shown that sharing a wide range of different virtual gaze and gesture cues can significantly enhance remote collaboration in Mixed Reality systems.
Jing, A., May, K., Lee, G., & Billinghurst, M. (2021). Eye See What You See: Exploring How Bi-Directional Augmented Reality Gaze Visualisation Influences Co-Located Symmetric Collaboration. Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 2, 79.