Speaker information (18-19 September 2012)

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Wolfgang Müller-Wittig

Engage! Inspire! through Digital Experiences

Advances in computer graphics make the creation of realistic interactive virtual and augmented learning environments possible, enabling us to enjoy a whole ambience of new experiences. The effectiveness of education through such virtual means is well captured in this Chinese proverb: I hear - I forget, I see - I remember, I experience - I understand.
With highly interactive visual real-time systems, users are submerged in simulated real worlds, where they can visualize complex data and processes in a realistic sensory environment. Apart from science centres, theme parks or museums where topics can be successfully transferred throughattractive exhibits using highly interactive virtual and augmented worlds, these technologies are currently entering more and more the classroom offering new digital experiences which are complementary to existing educational approaches. Augmented reality in a classroom of young learners turns the usual learningspace of tables, chairs and walls into a rich educational experience. Such interfaces can be either single-user or for multi-users. The single-user isable to interact with the environment, garner information, etc. In collaborative environments, we see the addition of social skills, group dynamics and teamwork towards a shared purpose.
With edutainment scaling new heights, the common person is always looking for more interaction, more information in the realworld context, at his fingertips and at an instant, and Augmented Reality is able to do this. And all without a keyboard!

Short CV

Wolfgang Müller-Wittig is the Director of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Interactive Digital Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore (Fraunhofer IDM@NTU) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the NTU School of Computer Engineering since 2001. Prior to that, he worked as head of the „Visualization Group“ at Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research in Germany (Fraunhofer IGD). He received his PhD from the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt. He is a successful researcher in the field of Computer Graphics for more than 20 years demonstrated by more than 100 research papers published in international journals and conferences. He is responsible for the development of various industry-related applications using new visualization, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies. Current research foci include the application of Visual Computing for science and engineering. Wolfgang serves as member of several Advisory Committees for government and academia. Further to this, he is member of various societies such as the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Singapore.


Assoc Prof Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang MUELLER-WITTIG
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
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