Dean of Postgraduate Research
Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Summer Research Scholarship Scheme
Project Application Form
Title of Project (max 30 words):
Web based Collaboration Tool for Outdoor Augmented Reality Application
University Project Leader:
Human Interface Technology Laboratory NZ (HIT Lab NZ)
Co-funded by Department through P2082 Accessible AR research grant
All other persons involved in this topic/activity:
(List other significant members involved along with their affiliation to the research project.)
Name Affiliation to project
Mark Billinghurst Project Advisor (HIT Lab NZ)
Brief outline of project (up to 400 words)
Describe the proposed research project (box will expand as you type).
Note that this abstract will be published on the web in order to attract student applicants and therefore be mindful of
any Intellectual Property issues
World Wide Web technology is well adopted into the modern socienty, that now many social collaboration
happen in online world. While interactive digital map technology is widely used as a link between the virtual
space and the real world,it has certian limitations in presenting the geo-locational information within the
context of the real environment where the user is in. Using Outdoor Augmented Reality (AR) interface, which
presents virtual information overlaid on top of the real world scene, could be one of solutions to overcome
such limitation.Outdoor AR technology has been actively investigated in the reserach community, however,
there are not many interfaces and tools for collaboration between the users in the outdoor AR environment.
The goal of this project is to investigate, design and develop web based collaboration tool for outdoor
augmented reality application. The software will be built on existing tools and software framework available at
the HIT Lab NZ.
The role of the student in this project is to assist designing, developing and testing the web based
collaboration tool for outdoor AR application. The final result of this project will be used to improve the mobile
AR software framework built at the lab, and will be used as a base for further researches in collaborative AR
If the project involves work away from the University campus (e.g., at fieldwork sites) please detail all locations.
If the student be required to work outside of normal university hours (8am-6pm) please provide details
Benefits student will gain from involvement in the project (up to 100 words)
Describe the research experience and skills that the student will acquire through involvement in this research project
(box will expand as you type).
The student will have the opportunity to gain new insight and skills in the field of web based collaboration
and outdoor augmented reality interfaces by working together with the HIT Lab NZ staff and students. The
student will also have access to cutting edge resources including the latest hardware and software. The
student will increase his/her skills with developing applications using software development frameworks and
tools. The project will also involve written report and possibly an academic paper, leading the student to have
opportunity to learn and improve academic writing skills.
Specific student requirements
Please provide details of all requirements you have for the student to work on this project – for example, if specific
courses/experience are necessary (box will expand as you type).
The student should have knowledge in computer science and object-oriented programming skills in Java or
Previous experience with augmented reality technology, mobile application development, or web
development using Web3D/WebGL/Ajax/REST technology would be a benefit, but not mandatory.