Coffee Hour: Jacob Chakareski "Drone IoT Networks for Virtual Human Teleportation"

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 3:30pm
Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m. The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m

Remote 360° VR/AR immersion for diverse societal applications

About the talk

Cyber‐physical/human systems (CPS/CHS) are set to play an increasingly visible role in our lives, advancing research and technology across diverse disciplines. I am exploring novel synergies between three emerging CPS/CHS technologies of prospectively broad societal impact, virtual/augmented reality(VR/AR), the Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous micro‐aerial robots (UAVs). My long‐term research objective is UAV‐IoT‐deployed ubiquitous VR/AR immersive communication that can enable virtual human teleportation to any corner of the world. Thereby, we can achieve a broad range of technological and societal advances that will enhance energy conservation, quality of life, and the global economy, as illustrated in Figure 1 above.

I am investigating fundamental problems at the intersection of signal acquisition and representation, communications and networking, (embedded) sensors and systems, and rigorous machine learning for stochastic  control  that  arise  in  this  context.  I  envision  a  future  where  UAV‐IoT‐deployed  immersive  communication systems will help break existing barriers in remote sensing, monitoring, localization and mapping, navigation, and scene understanding. The presentation will outline some of my present and envisioned investigations. Interdisciplinary applications will be highlighted.

About the speaker

Jacob ChakareskiJacob Chakareski is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Alabama, where he leads the Laboratory for VR/AR Immersive Communication (LION). His interests span networked  virtual  and  augmented  reality  systems,  UAV‐IoT  sensing  and  communication,  and  rigorous  machine learning for stochastic control. Chakareski received the Adobe Data Science Faculty Research Award (2017), a best paper award at the IEEE Int’l Conf. on Communications (ICC) 2017, and the Swiss NSF Career  Award  Ambizione.  He  is  the  organizer  of  the  first  NSF  vision  workshop  on  networked  VR/AR  communications. He trained as a Ph.D. student at Rice and Stanford, held research appointments with Microsoft, HP Labs, and EPFL, and sits on the advisory board of Frame, Inc. His research is supported by the NSF, AFOSR, Adobe, NVIDIA, and Microsoft. For further info, please visit

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