A select group of leading academic researchers gathered recently at HP Lab’s Palo Alto headquarters to discuss the future of human computer interaction and learn more about HP’s current research in the field.
The invitation-only workshop brought together professors and students from MIT, Stanford University, Lancaster University, the University of Minnesota, the Hasso Plattner Institute, and the Rochester Institute of Technology with researchers based in HP’s Immersive Experiences Lab. Members of other HP Labs and the HP Sprout team also joined in the workshop and the discussions it provoked around blended reality, 3D printing, and future user experiences.
“The Sprout workshop was very interesting and informative. It was especially valuable to expose my new PhD student to a combination of corporate and academic research, as well as to see what new capabilities HP is working on,” said Professor Daniel Ashbrook, who founded and directs the Future Everyday Technology Lab (FETLab) at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
All the participants had spent the first part of the week in San Jose at CHI2016, the ACM Conference on Human Computer Interaction, where HP was a champion sponsor and showcased a number of innovations including new applications for the HP Sprout, the world’s first immersive technology product and the device for which the term “blended reality” was coined.
“Because the conference is so big and there’s always so much going on, we wanted to invite a small group of thought leaders in the areas of blended reality, tangible interfaces, 3D printing, and personal fabrication to come and spend a little bit more time with us and really talk through their work,” said Head of HP Immersive Experiences Lab Mirjana Spasojevic before opening the event.
A number of workshop attendees already collaborate with HP, Spasojevic noted, adding that the gathering offered the chance to explore opportunities for new collaborations.
In addition to sharing their own research, the visitors received updates on HP’s current interaction research programs, toured HP’s Customer Welcome Center, and took part in a roundtable on the future of 3D printing and personal fabrication.