Microsoft Research,

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Email: eyalofek@microsoft.com

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About me

I am a senior researcher in at Microsoft Research. My research interests include computer vision for human-computer interaction, Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR), Haptics and  interactive projection mapping.

I am on the editorial board of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, co-chaired the 19th ACM SIGSPATIAL 2011, and on program committee for several leading conferences. I Held a visiting lecture position at the school of computer science, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzelia, Israel.

I obtained my PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and founded a couple of companies in the area of computer graphics, including the successful Photon-Paint for the Amiga computer, and managing the software R&D at 3DV Systems, developing the world first active real-time depth cameras, later bought by Microsoft in 2008.

During 2004-2005 I was a researcher at Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), working on issues such as video completion, reconstruction of hair from images, and camera based interaction, following by founding the Virtual Earth Research Lab, (A.K.A. Bing Mapping and Mobile Research Lab). The lab developed and shipped new innovations to Microsoft Virtual Earth and Bing, such as the first Street-View Site (2006), Image Privacy, automatic geo-positioning user images, text detection in images and more. 

During 2011-2014, I managed a group of researchers at MSR's eXtream Computing Group (XCG) in the areas of AR and Graphics.

Eyal’ research and development videos can be found on YouTube.


On artistic side, I have a background as a book cover illustrator and a comics strip artist.

This page was last edited on Jan. 2019.  

Publications Industrial Projects Patents Professional/Academic activity

  

  

Research Highlight

      

Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality

I am interesting in the way that AR & VR effect and being effected by the real environment, and ways in which AR &VR can influence new experiences, for example social interaction. 

  

SnapToReality 

FovrAR 

VR for Low Vision 

Locomotion in VR

   

Environment adaptive AR &VR

FLARE 

Spatial Consistency AR

VRoamer

Reality Check

   

AR Conversation

    

Productivity in VR

Conversation AR 

The Known Stranger 

Text Entry in VR 

Office Of The Future 

Haptics

While visual display and 3D audio are progressing at a fast pase, Haptics is still and mostly untapped sense. Many times, due to the severe limitations of haptic rendering capability, there is a need to manipulate our senses to generate a convincing AR & VR experience of touch.  

  

  

Passive Haptics

Haptic Retargeting 

Sparse Haptics 

  

Haptic Controllers

 
 

Normal Touch & Texture Touch

Haptic Links 

Claw 

 Uncanny Valley of Haptics


 

Haptic Revolver 

TORC

    

Interactive Projection Mapping

The use of projector enable large area augmentation that can be shared by multiple users. 

Room2Room Life-sized teleconferencing RoomAlive IllumiRoom SurroundWeb: Microsoft's Plan To Cloak Your Living Room With Internet

Room2Room

RoomAlive

Illumiroom

SurroundWeb

  

  

Camera Based Interaction

Cameras are cheep and powerful sensors. I am looking in ways that we can leverage of cameras capabilities to compensate for the physical limitations of existing displays and input techniques.

  

Presentation Control

 Camera based avatars

Mouse 2.0

DirectPointer

GlassHands

Computer Vision

Analysis by synthesis, Text detection, 2D and 3D completion

  

Video Completion 

Annotate Videos 

Geo Position Photos 

DCSH 

   

Reconstruction by Synthesis

 

Text Detection

Modeling Hair 

Façade Modeling 

Depth Extension 

Stroke Width Transform

  

Computer Graphics

  

 

Seamless texturing

Integrated Videos & Maps

Factoring Repeated content

Geo relevance 

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Light fields animation

Depth Key 

Interactive Curved Reflections 

Textures from Image Sequences