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2018-19 Speaker Calendar

All talks are 1:00-2:00pm (note for U of T attendees: not 1:10pm), preceded by lunch at 12:30.

Date Location Speaker Type
Sept 25, 2018 Autodesk-MaRS Prof. Joseph Jay Williams,
University of Toronto
Member Series Presentation
Oct 9, 2018 DGP: BCIT, 5th Floor Prof. Ashton Anderson,
University of Toronto
Member Series Presentation
Oct 23, 2018 Autodesk-MaRS Dr. Paul Dietz,
Misapplied Sciences
Sanders Series Invited Lecture
Nov 6, 2018 DGP: BCIT, 5th Floor Haijun Xia and
Dr. Seongkook Heo,
University of Toronto
Member Series Presentation
Nov 20, 2018 Autodesk-MaRS Prof. Regan Mandryk,
University of Saskatchewan
Sanders Series Invited Lecture
Dec 4, 2018 DGP: BCIT, 5th Floor Dr. Fraser Anderson,
Autodesk Research
Member Series Presentation
Jan 15, 2019 Autodesk-MaRS Prof. Steven Feiner,
Columbia University
Sanders Series Invited Lecture
Jan 29, 2019 Autodesk-MaRS Prof. Justine Cassell,
Carnegie Melon University
Sanders Series Invited Lecture
Feb 12, 2019 Autodesk-MaRS Prof. Ranjitha Kumar,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sanders Series Invited Lecture
Feb 26, 2019 DGP: BCIT, 5th Floor Member Presentation Member Series Presentation
Mar 12, 2019 Autodesk-MaRS Prof. Andy van Dam,
Brown University
Sanders Series Invited Lecture
Mar 26, 2019 DGP: BCIT, 5th Floor Member Presentation Member Series Presentation

 

Paul Dietz:
Parallel Reality Displays

2018-10-23 12:30 at MaRS

Abstract

The 20th century saw the rise of broadcast technologies that allowed us to instantly communicate with large numbers of people. In contrast, the 21st century has been about narrowcasting. The ability to send targeted information on a massive scale to specific individuals via their personal devices has changed how we live and created some of the most successful products and services in human history. However, our addiction to personal screens has had significant downsides. They isolate us from each other and our surroundings. We imagine a different future where the world itself provides the personalized information, services and entertainment that we seek. An unexpected breakthrough lets us create public displays that can show different content to each viewer, even when many people are looking at the same display at the same time. No special glasses are required. This new capability will free us from the tyranny of our devices, impacting our lives in surprising and deeply profound ways.

Bio

Paul Dietz is a prolific creator of new technologies that surprise and delight, and occasionally make the world a slightly better place. He is best known as the co-inventor of DiamondTouch – an early multi-touch display system which helped launch the touch interface revolution. Paul received the ACM UIST 2012 Lasting Impact Award for this work. His career included stints as a researcher at Walt Disney Imagineering, Mitsubishi Electric, and Microsoft. He is currently Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board of Misapplied Sciences, Inc. Paul holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. In his spare time, he teaches kids how to make animatronic shows, and is sometimes seen on the wrong end of a flugelhorn.

 

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