Dr. Regis Kopper (CMP) receives $1.8 M grant from NIST for augmented reality research

Posted on October 13, 2022

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Dr. Regis Kopper, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, has received a $1.8 M grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for his proposal: “FirstModulAR: Designing and Integrating Augmented Reality User Interface Modules for First Responders.”

This research was recently highlighted in UNCG’s Research Magazine in the story, “Augmented reality for first responders nets $1.8 M grant.”

The abstract below provides additional info on the project.

Abstract: The project described in this proposal will contribute a collection of Augmented Reality (AR) modules that can be easily combined into complete AR user interfaces (UIs) for the training of existing public safety (PS) practices and procedures and for the deployment of future PS UIs that use AR as a tool for increasing situational awareness, reducing risk and improving decision making among first responders.

The current AR landscape is at a stage where it is now possible to use immersive AR hardware to design and prototype AR UIs that allow us to test in conditions that are close to the environments where such tools will eventually be deployed. By using a modular approach, we will ensure that risks are mitigated, where we will ascertain that the technology necessary for the implementation of some of the modules is already available. As technology progresses, with more advanced AR hardware, we will be able to realize the design of modules that rely on such technology.

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