We now live in a world where the internet is an inseparable part of our lives. Recent advances in the Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), further point to a future where our imagined, digital and physical worlds blur together indistinguishably. This talk will describe some of the grand challenges in realizing such a futuristic digital-physical duality, and present JanusVR, a step towards the development of an immersive internet.
Karan Singh is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he co-directs a 50-year-old graphics and interaction lab, DGP. His research interests lie in interactive graphics spanning geometric design and fabrication, character animation, perception, and interactive techniques for AR/VR. He has over 100 peer reviewed publications, and has supervised over 30 MS/PhD theses. He built the character and facial animation tools for the Oscar award winning software Maya 1.0, was the R&D Director for the 2004 Oscar winning animated short film Ryan.
Dr. Singh is also a co-founder and CTO of JanusVR, an immersive and collaborative web browsing and design platform. Named after the Roman God of passages, JanusVR re-imagines internet content as multi-dimensional VR experiences, interconnected by portals.