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Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series 4: Assistive Augmentations: Creating new Human Computer Interfaces that Seamlessly Integrate with our Body, Mind and B

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27 May 2021: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lib B10 Lecture Theatre
General Library Basement, (109-B10)
The University of Auckland
5 Alfred Street, Auckland CBD, 1010

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2021 Gibbons Lecture Series: 
Dissolving the interface between humans and computers

For many people, it's become impossible to imagine life without a smartphone. We're so used to keeping them close and checking them constantly without thinking. They could be seen as permanent attachments to our bodies, or permanently attached burdens.

Technologies beyond the smartphone that blur the boundaries between the human body and computers are becoming more commonplace, and are merging our work, social, personal and cultural identities. Immersive virtual reality is widespread, and seamless augmented reality seems imminent. There are also signs that full brain-computer interfaces are making their way from science fiction into reality.

Have we reached the pinnacle of these human-computer technologies? Is there more functionality or benefit we can gain? And how will they impact our wellbeing and community cohesion?

Our 2021 Gibbons Lecture Series will examine the latest technologies connecting humans and computers; the ways they are developed, the new innovations on the horizon, and how they could be used to connect ourselves to wellbeing, diversity and culture.

The 2021 Gibbons Memorial Lecture series will be held in person and also streamed live via the university website

There are four lectures in the series on 6, 13, 20 and 27 May - lectures commence at 6:00pm.
There will be some refreshments after each lecture at 7pm in the Basement Foyer of the Library Building (109-B00C1).
PLEASE NOTE: We will take necessary precautions to ensure we comply with the alert level restrictions

Lecture 1, Assistive Augmentations: Creating new Human Computer Interfaces that Seamlessly Integrate with our Body, Mind and Behaviour 

The overarching topic of this lecture is centred on the design and development of novel human computer interfaces that seamlessly integrate with a user's mind, body and behaviour, providing an enhanced perception. We call this 'Assistive Augmentation.' Creating such Assistive Augmentations poses a twofold challenge as they require a novel input and interactions as well as a holistic design approach. Inspired by insights from physiology, neuroscience, emerging electronic devices, computational methods and design thinking approach, we have an unprecedented opportunity to design a new generation of Assistive Augmentations.

This talk will present several proof of concept Assistive Augmentations for enhancing human I/O in the focus areas of assistive technologies, novel input strategies, smart health and well-being, and interactive learning technologies.

About the speaker

Suranga Nanayakkara is an Associate Professor at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, the University of Auckland (UoA). Before joining UoA, Suranga was an Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and a Postdoctoral Associate at the Fluid Interfaces group, MIT Media Lab. In 2011, he founded the "Augmented Human Lab" to explore ways of creating 'enabling' human-computer interfaces as natural extensions of our body, mind and behaviour. He has won many research awards including University of Auckland Research Excellence Medal 2020, young inventor under 35 (TR35 award) in the Asia Pacific region by MIT TechReview, Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka (TOYP), and INK Fellowship 2016.

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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