Pan Hui and Lik-Hang Lee - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Metaverse

When: 2021-11-22 14:00-16:00 (Tallinn time)
Where: CUDAN Open Lab (online)

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Abstract – The term ‘metaverse’ has been coined to further facilitate the digital transformation in every aspect of our physical lives. At the core of the metaverse stands the vision of an immersive Internet as a gigantic, unified, persistent, and shared realm. While the metaverse may seem futuristic, catalysed by emerging technologies such as Extended Reality, 5G, and Artificial Intelligence, the digital `big bang' of our cyberspace is not far away. In this talk, we will offer a comprehensive framework that examines the latest metaverse development under the dimensions of state-of-the-art technologies and metaverse ecosystems, and illustrates the possibility of the digital ‘big bang’. We hope we can provide the audiences a hitchhiker’s guide to survive the Metaverse era.


Pan Hui, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology/University of Helsinki
Lik-Hang Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


Professor Pan Hui is a Professor of Computational Media and Arts and Director of the HKUST-DT Systems and Media Lab at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is also the Nokia Chair in Data Science at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Professor Hui received his PhD from the Computer Laboratory at University of Cambridge, and both his Bachelor and MPhil degrees from the University of Hong Kong. He was an adjunct Professor of social computing and networking at Aalto University, Finland, and a Distinguished Scientist at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (T-labs), Germany. His industrial profile also includes his research at Intel Research Cambridge, UK and Thomson Research Paris, France. Professor Hui is a world-leading expert in Augmented Reality and Mobile Computing, with more than 400 research papers, 30 patents, and over 20,000 citations. He is an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of Academia Europaea, an IEEE Fellow, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Professor Lik-Hang Lee received the Ph.D. degree from SyMLab, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the bachelor’s and M.Phil. degrees from the University of Hong Kong. He is an assistant professor (tenure-track) with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea. He is also the Director of the Augmented Reality and Media Laboratory, KAIST. He has built and designed various human-centric computing specialising in augmented and virtual realities (AR/VR). He is also a founder of an AR startup company, promoting AR-driven education and serving over 100 Hong Kong and Macau schools.

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