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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 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.

I have co-chaired the 19th ACM SIGSPATIAL 2011, being in program committee and reviewer for different leading conferences. I Held a visiting lecture position at the school of computer science, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzelia, Israel.


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


This page was last edited on Oct. 2017.  

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 (2016) FovrAR (2015) Spatial Consistency AR (2015)

 

 

The Known Stranger (2015) FLARE (2014) Conversation AR (2013)

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.  

 
 
Sparse Haptics (2017) Normal Touch & Texture Touch (2016) Haptic Retargeting (2016)

    

Interactive Projection Mapping

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

Room2Room Life-sized teleconferencing RoomAlive RoomAlive   IllumiRoom    SurroundWeb: Microsoft's Plan To Cloak Your Living Room With Internet
Room2Room (2015-2016) 
The Other Resident (2014) RoomAlive (2014-2016)
Illumiroom (2013)
SurroundWeb (2015)

  

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.

GlassHands (2016) Mouse 2.0 (2009)  Camera based avatars (2006) DirectPointer (2006) Presentation Control (2005)

     

Computer Vision

Depth Extension (2015) DCSH (2013) Geo Position Photographs (2010) Annotate Videos (2010)

Stroke Witch Transform

(2010)

Image Based Facade Modeling

(2008)

Video Completion for Video Stabilization (2005-2006)

Modeling Hair from Images (2005)

Computer Graphics

 

 

Seamless Montage texturing (2010) Integrated Videos & Maps (2009)

Factoring Repeated content (2008)

Geo relevance (2010)
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Interactive deformation of light fields

(2005)

Depth Key (2003)

Interactive Curved Reflections (1998)

Textures from Image Sequences (1997)

 Selected past Industrial projects  

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Publications





New

L.-P. ChengE. OfekC. Holz, H. Benko and A. D. Wilson

Sparse Haptic Proxy: Touch Feedback in Virtual Environments Using a General Passive Prop

CHI 2017

                      

Patents
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    Block View For Geographic Navigation (2016)
Professional service 

Invited Talks