Getting Real About Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is still hype for most of us. Wide adoption always seems to be one or two breakthroughs away from delivering on its promises. But progress is never linear. Dr. Naimul Khan and Dr. Ling Guan are exploring ways that AR can solve challenges on highways and in surgical rooms of the near future by understanding how to connect real and augmented worlds in practical ways.

Masters student Randy Tan and PhD Candidate Zheng Wu stand inside an open cube structure with visualizations projected on the sides. Zheng Wu wears virtual reality glasses and holds controls for manipulating the visualizations. Naimul Khan, a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, watches from behind.

Virtual reality is the convergence of artificial intelligence, image analysis, computer graphics and immersive communication.

Dr. Ling Guan
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Naimul Khan and Dr. Ling Guan work in the Centre for Interactive Multimedia Mining. Their research has used a technology called cave automatic virtual environment, or CAVE as it’s commonly known. CAVE is an immersive virtual reality environment where projectors are directed to between three and six of the walls of a room-sized cube. This tech is used for:

  • Architectural Modelling: providing virtual walkthroughs of future buildings
  • City Planning: enabling virtual flight around cities, following traffic routes and altering building scales
  • Medical Visualization: allowing doctors to project MRI data and walk inside a body part to plan a surgery
Two Ryerson graduate students inside brightly-lit virtual reality environment with city visualizations around them.