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Summer 2016 interns at HP Labs – Baris Unver




Baris Unver was born in Istanbul, Turkey, where he began coding and building electronic systems as a young teen. He attended the Kuleli Military High School and Turkish Military Academy, receiving a BSc in systems engineering, before embarking on twelve years of military service in the Turkish Gendarmerie’s Signals Corps. He then studied for an MSc in information technology at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey and is now enrolled as a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of Minnesota, where he is focusing on human-computer interaction within GroupLens Research.


HP: Can you describe the project you are working on at HP Labs this summer?


I am working on projector camera systems, like the HP Sprout, which is the only pro-cam system on the market. Pro-cam systems have both video conferencing and a shared “live” stage that each party can work in, so each person can draw or play with objects on that stage as they work together. I’m interested in seeing how we can reinforce social relations with these systems and also enhance workspace collaboration and distance learning. This summer, I’m working with my Ph.D. advisor, Professor Lana Yarosh, and Dr. Alex Thayer in HP’s Immersive Experiences Lab build an app that lets pro-cam systems interact with people who only have access to a PC or mobile device.


HP Labs invites academic thought leaders to explore the future of human computer interaction



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.

Ji Won Jun wins the Interactive Innovation Award at SXSW in the Student Innovation category



Last week at the popular SXSW music, film and emerging technologies festival in Austin, Ji Won Jun, who just recently joined the Immersive Experiences Lab, was awarded the Interactive Innovation Award in the Student Innovation category.


The citation reads: “awarded to the student with an exceptional interactive technology project or startup; both of which are the future.”



Interaction designer Ji Won Jun joins HP’s Immersive Experiences Lab



jwj_thumbnail.jpgJi Won Jun is one of the newest members of HP’s growing Immersive Experiences Lab, joining the team as a research engineer at the start of the year. Originally an interaction designer, Jun moved into Human-computer interaction research driven by an interest in technology and how we think about the future. “I see my job as bridging the two,” she says, adding that “the future hasn’t happened yet, which means that there are so many things that we can do - that’s the really exciting thing about this work.” Jun received her B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea and an M.F.A. in media design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. We checked in with her to hear what she’s hoping to explore at HP Labs.



Mithra Vankipuram looks out for users in HP’s Immersive Experiences Lab



profile_picture_april2013_s.jpgGrowing up, HP Labs research scientist Mithra Vankipuram was drawn equally to science, art, math, and engineering. “I’ve always liked applying ideas and building stuff,” she says. That led her to study computer science and engineering as an undergraduate at Anna University in Chennai, India, and then to move to Arizona State University to study for her M.S. in computer science. There she became interested in 3D simulation technologies, especially haptics, which create the sensation of force or touch for virtual tactile experiences. That inspired her to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics where she addressed problems in healthcare environments, such as trauma critical care units, through the use of virtual reality. Recruited by HP as a post-doctoral researcher, Vankipuram officially joined HP Labs 3 years ago as a user experience researcher for projects in healthcare, retail, and big data analytics. This November, she became a founding member of HP’s new Immersive Experiences Lab and she spoke with us recently to share what she’s interested in, and inspired by, today.


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