Michael Murdoch travels to Ghent to research visual adaptation in augmented and virtual reality

An associate professor from RIT’s Munsell Color Science Laboratory will spend this fall in Belgium developing new techniques to study visual adaptation in augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). Michael Murdoch ’06 MS (Computer Science) received the prestigious Fulbright US Scholar Award for collaborating with a colleague at Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Ghent from August to November.

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While in Ghent, Murdoch hopes to improve techniques for measuring visual adaptation and develop computer graphics tools for AR/VR researchers to create visuals for future experiments. Murdoch, an expert in how the human visual system perceives augmented reality, said he was delighted to spend the three months abroad teaming up with KU Leuven’s Professor Kevin Smet, who is conducting related research. in virtual reality settings.

“Dr. Smet’s research and laboratory activities are a perfect match for mine – similar in scope but different in focus, Murdoch said. Smet and I have discussed our plans and are ready to collaborate on our mutual interests, as we each have federally funded research projects on related topics.

Although primarily based in Ghent, Murdoch said he looked forward to visiting and collaborating with other researchers in Europe. Murdoch still has many connections in the region after spending seven years in the Netherlands pursuing his doctorate. at Eindhoven University of Technology and worked at Philips Research before joining RIT as a professor.

Murdoch said that in addition to advancing his field area, he also hopes the trip will help lay the groundwork for future collaborations between RIT and related European programs and create networking bridges for recruiting future students. , postdoctoral researchers and professors.

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