For SCU: student work

As I lack traditional teaching experience I have included projects I have facilitated in contexts outside the college classroom. These include workshops with adults, week long in school programs with children, and year long one on one interships. 


Spherical Compositing

While I was at eleVR I hired and worked one on one with our only intern Elijah Butterfield on a researching methods of spherical video compositing. He was a freshman undergrad at the time of the internship. 

1. His first assignment was to model our then office space. This project let him learn architectural 3D modeling in a hands on project based way that also served a function to the rest of the research team. 

2. Later in his internship we explored different techniques of how to best geo locate the spherical cameras in physical space.

3. This data meant he could also place a virtual spherical camera in the model in the same location. This took a lot of trial and error and experimentation. 

4. This GIF is an example of the final product from his time at eleVR. He was also required to write 3 white papers on the process of developing this technique which were published on eleVR public research site.  



Hybrid City 

In November of 2015 I was invited with 2 fellow researchers from the Communications Design Group to run an educational experiment in a small school in Boston. The kids were ages 8-13. 

1. The project started simply with build phase. We asked the kids to add things cites needed. 

2. A top down view of the city with labels 

3. The AR links took the form of QR codes physically embedded in the city that could be inspected with a custom built iPad app. With the help of the researchers the kids could link anything digital to anything in the physical space. 

4. On the first day an older girl, 13, built a detailed house with furniture for each room. As she built the model she explained that she wanted to be an interior decorator. She linked the coffee table to a picture of a living room design she found online. The dresser was linked to the inside of a beautiful and perfectly organized closet. The television to the opening theme of her favorite show. The little chair to one from a designer she liked. The floor plan acted as both a mock-up and mood board.

5. About half way through the week we secretly replaced many of the AR links the kids had made as we switched to the story phase. This meant that when they went back to inspect their QR codes they found instead: squids! squids everywhere! They interpreted this an an alien invasion and built a laser fence. 

6. The oldest kids were now also given access to a small handheld 360 camera which they were assigned to report what was happen from various places in the city. They produced 30 360 videos in all telling the story of the invasion.



I have done many different kinds of workshops teaching adults new skills related to VR and AR in conference settings, I have featured 3 here. 

Top Left: This is a student piece from a spherical video making workshop I did at VidCon which focused on the basics of camera operation, framing, scale and texture. 

Bottom Left: This is an image from a basics of webVR workshop done at IX symposium (2015) in Montreal. The students learned the basics of how to get a 3D navigable website on screen using a boilerplate developed by eleVR. Some JavaScript experience was required. 

Right top and bottom: These images are from a DIY AR Avatar workshop done at IX symposium (2017) which taught students to use fiducials and preexisting code to create custom avatars they could use for augmentng themselves during video calls. No coding skill was required.