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

Asymmetric Interaction for VR sketching

This project explores how tool-based asymmetric VR interfaces can be used by artists to create immersive artwork more effectively. Most VR interfaces use two input methods of the same type, such as two handheld controllers or two bare-hand gestures. However, […]


RadarHand is a wrist-worn wearable system that uses radar sensing to detect on-skin proprioceptive hand gestures, making it easy to interact with simple finger motions. Radar has the advantage of being robust, private, small, penetrating materials and requiring low computation […]

Mind Reader

This project explores how brain activity can be used for computer input. The innovative MindReader game uses EEG (electroencephalogram) based Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology to showcase the player’s real-time brain waves. It uses colourful and creative visuals to show the […]

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.