News

Follow our latest news. We report about ongoing research activities, conferences, publications, outreach, and all other activities around the ARLab.

Google Hardware

New hardware arrived at the ARLab: a Google Project Tango tablet computer, a tablet computer with an embedded depth camera.

Associated Editor

Rafael Radkowski was appointed as Associated Editor of the International Journal of the Digital Human. The journal focuses on human model research.

SAE 2014 - AR/VR

Rafael Radkowski was invited to speak at the SAE 2014 Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Technologies Symposium in Detroit, Michigan on November 18 & 19, 2014.

Meet the Expert

We participated at the First Lego League's Meet the Experts Expo hosted by Iowa State University. The goal was to get the next generation in touch with the latest technology and to provide an opportunity to meet experts.

Projects

The ARLab's research incorporates computer vision based-tracking, assembly instructions, perception, etc.

Browse our current projects below and view all projects here.

Object Tracking

Manual assembly is a procedural task and assembly assistance incorporates all means that can be used to explain the...

Augmentable

Natural Feature Tracking

AR Assembly

Augmented reality relies on object tracking, which means in this context, to be able to identify a physical object and to...

The AugmenTable is an augmented reality (AR) workstation that we use to investigate natural visual perception for...

Natural feature tracking (NFT) is an object tracking method that utilizes natural interest points of an object to track...

Publications

Below is a list of publications that Dr. Radkowski has participated in. Please click here to view the complete list.

Rigid Object Tracking Algorithms for low-cost Augmented Reality Devices

2014

Proc. of the ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

Monocular Depth Cues for Augmented Reality Applications to Enhance Spatial Perception Tasks

2014

Proc. Tenth International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering

About Us

We are a team of students and researchers that are committed to bringing the best possible AR experience to users.

The Augmented Reality Lab explores augmented reality (AR) technology and its capabilities for engineering applications. The research focuses on fundamental technologies for computer vision-based object tracking and identification, human-computer-interaction, as well as applied research in engineering-use cases. We cooperate with partners from industries to leverage AR technology for their professional uses. One of our core capabilities, which is currently in focus of many industry partners, is computer vision-based object tracking. Object tracking facilitates to identify and to determine the position of physical objects. This allows us, for instance, to track and identify all parts on a workbench and tell an operator in training which parts to pick next or notify an operator on the factory floor when he or she assembles the wrong part. Dr. Rafael Radkowski, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering is the head of these activities. Explore the web page to learn about us or visit us in Ames, IA, at the Virtual Reality Applications Center at Iowa State University.

  • Who we are

     

    The ARLab is a team of researchers and students that are committed to bringing the best possible AR experience to users. All members of the team have a particular research focus, something they are experts in, which allows to assemble the right research team for every challenge. Rafael Radkowski is head of a passionate team of researchers and developers. He has worked in the field of AR since 2002 and has deployed applications for several companies. His experience and track record in this field is a key feature for the entire team.

  • Augmented Reality

    Augmented Reality (AR) technology is a type of human-computer interaction that superimposes the natural visual perception of a human user with computer-generated information (e.g., 3D models, annotation, and text). AR presents this information in a context-sensitive way that is appropriate for a specific task. The general approach to realize AR is to merge a video of the physical world with computer-generated information so that it

    • combines real and virtual
    • is interactive in real time
    • is registered in 3D
  • Virtual Reality Applications Center

    The ARLab is located at the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) at Iowa State University. The Virtual Reality Applications Center is an interdisciplinary research center administered by the Vice President for Research at Iowa State University; it was founded in 1990. The VRAC is leading the way in using virtual reality to solve challenging problems in science and engineering. VRAC researchers are pioneers in understanding and integrating rapidly changing VR technology to arrive at novel solutions. Faculty and students apply their diverse expertise in creating unique ways to collaborate with users both on- and off-site.

Our Team

A young and motivated research team works at the AR lab. Feel free to contact them.

Tim Garrett

Graduate Research Assistant

Tim is a masters student at the VRAC with majors in computer science and human computer interaction

David Wehr

Computer Engineering

David is an undergraduate research assistant with a major in computer engineering

Rafael Radkowski

Assistant Professor

Rafael is an assistant professor and head of the AR Lab

Jarid Ingebrand

Computer Engineering

Jarid is an undergraduate research assistant with a major in computer engineering

An Le

Advertising

An is the website manager with a major in advertising and a minor in psychology

Minh Vu

Mechanical Engineering

Minh is an undergraduate research assistant with a major in mechanical engineering

Contact Us

The AR Lab is open up to any suggestions you may have.

Get in touch with us

If there are any questions or concerns, please let us know by using the following information.

rafael@iastate.edu

+1 (515) 294-7044

Iowa State University

1620 Howe Hall

Ames, IA 50011-2161

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The Augmented Reality Lab explores the augmented reality (AR) technology and its capabilities for engineering applications.

rafael@iastate.edu

+1 (515) 294-7044

Iowa State University

1620 Howe Hall

Ames, IA 50011-2161

 

 

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