Alaeddin is a Research Fellow at the Empathic Computing Laboratory (ECL). His research interests include augmented reality (AR) interfaces, 360-degree video sharing and integrating haptics into virtual reality environments. As part of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) at the University of Auckland, Alaeddin also works with the Augmented Human Lab (AHL) helping the Kiwrious project that aims to inspire schoolchildren to learn about scientific inquiries. Before joining the ECL, Alaeddin worked in the software industry for more than 12 years where he built software for mid to large organisations in the energy and finance industry. Alaeddin completed his PhD from the HITLabNZ at the University of Canterbury with a focus on wearable augmented reality for sharing social experiences.
This project introduces an immersive way to experience a conference call - by using a 360° camera to live stream a person’s surroundings to remote viewers. Viewers have the ability to freely look around the host video and get a better understanding of the sender’s surroundings. Viewers can also observe where the other participants are looking, allowing them to understand better the conversation and what people are paying attention to. In a user study of the system, people found it much more immersive than a traditional video conferencing call and reported that they felt that they were transported to a remote location. Possible applications of this system include virtual tourism, education, industrial monitoring, entertainment, and more.
Nassani, A., Zhang, L., Bai, H., & Billinghurst, M. (2021, May). ShowMeAround: Giving Virtual Tours Using Live 360 Video. In Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-4).