Time: 8: 45 – 10: 15 (JST), January 16, 2024.

Location: R205, Education & Research Building No. 8, Muroran Institute of Technology, 27-1 Mizumoto-cho, Muroran, Hokkaido, 0508585 Japan.


IEEE Muroran Institute of Technology Student Branch

IEEE Sapporo Section Young Professionals (YP)

Emerging Networks and Systems Laboratory (ENeS), Muroran Institute of Technology

Topic: Spatial Media: Ubiquitously Interactive 3D Graphics and Sound

Speaker: Prof. Michael Cohen, Professor, The University of Aizu, Japan


This introduction to cyberspatial media reviews dimensions of expression, including physical degrees-of-freedom and sensory modalities, as a warmup to explanations about spatial hearing and binocular vision. The theoretical background informs live demonstrations, featuring smartphones and tablets used as remote controls, directional wands for steering panoramic (360◦) photorealistic imagery as well as virtual and mixed reality and virtuality scenes and distributed displays. “Mobile-ambient” media systems feature personal control of public display, which characterizes multimedia instances of spatial sound for semi-immersive “desktop virtual reality,” and panoramic, photospherical, and stereographic imagery. Finally a quick review of color theory motivates presentation of color-encoded stereography (“3D imagery”). Handheld chromastereoptic viewers will be presented to all attendees, which they can take home to enjoy continued virtual depth sensation.


Michael Cohen is a Professor at the University of Aizu in Fukushima, Japan, where he teaches and conducts research on spatial media. He has research interests in interactive multimedia: mobile computing and ubicomp; audio windows, spatial sound, and stereotelephony; computer music; digital typography and electronic publishing, hypermedia; and virtual and mixed reality. He received an Sc.B. in EE from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), M.S. in CS from the University of Washington (Seattle), and Ph.D. in EECS from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). He had post-doctoral appointments at the University of Washington and at NTT. He has worked at the Air Force Geophysics Lab (Hanscom Field, Massachusetts), Weizmann Institute (Rehovot; Israel), Teradyne (Boston, Massachusetts), BBN (Cambridge, Massachusetts and Stuttgart; Germany), Bellcore (Morristown and Red Bank, New Jersey), the Human Interface Technology Lab (Seattle, Washington), and the Audio Media Research Group at the NTT Human Interface Lab (Musashino and Yokosuka; Japan).


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