Nico's Portfolio
Websites:

Taylor Institute Teaching Challenge


using AngularJS, Bootstrap, and Firebase for data storage

Univeristy of Calgary CPSC 584 Course Website
Human-Robot Interaction


using Semantic UI and responsive design

Contexual Interview in User Study


using curtain and parallax effects

Official website for Massage Helps Calgary


Material Design + AngularJS for a reservation system

Official website for Nikko Sushi in Brook, AB


using parallax effect and responsive design

Insurance Salesman in Calgary


using parallax effect and responsive design
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Researches:

Li, Nico, Stephen Cartwright, Ehud Shalin, and Mario Costa Sousa. "Flying Frustum: A Spatial Interface for Enhancing Human-UAV Awareness." the Third International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (iHAI 2015). 2015.

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Abstract:
We present Flying Frustum, a 3D spatial interface that enables control of semi-autonomous UA Vs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) using pen interaction on a physical model of the terrain, and that spatially situates the information streaming from the UAVs onto the physical model. Our interface is based on a 3D printout of the terrain, which allows the operator to enter goals and paths to the UAV by drawing them directly on the physical model. In turn, the UAV’s streaming reconnaissance information is superimposed on the 3D printout as a view frustum, which is situated according to the UAV’s position and orientation on the actual terrain. We argue that Flying Frustum’s 3D spatially situated interaction can potentially help improve human-UAV awareness, allow a better operators-to-UAV ratio, and enhance the overall situational awareness. We motivate our design approach for Flying Frustum, discuss previous related work in CSCW and HRI, present our current prototype using both handheld and headset augmented reality interfaces, reflect on Flying Frustum’s strengths and weaknesses, and discuss our plans for future evaluation and prototype improvements.

Li, Nico, Daniel J. Rea, James E. Young, Ehud Sharlin, and Mario Costa Sousa. "And he built a crooked camera: a mobile visualization tool to view four-dimensional geometric objects." SIGGRAPH ASIA 2015 Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications. ACM, 2015

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Abstract:
The limitations of human perception make it impossible to grasp four spatial dimensions simultaneously. Visualiza- tion techniques of four-dimensional (4D) geometrical shapes rely on visualizing limited projections of the true shape into lower dimensions, often hindering the viewer's ability to grasp the complete structure, or to access its spa- tial structure with a natural 3D perspective. We propose a mobile visualization technique that enables viewers to bet- ter understand the geometry of 4D shapes, providing spatial freedom and leveraging the viewer’s natural knowledge and experience of exploring 3D geometric shapes. Our proto- type renders 3D intersections of the 4D object, while allow- ing the user continuous control of varying values of the fourth dimension, enabling the user to interactively browse and explore a 4D shape using a simple camera-lens-style physical zoom metaphor.

Li, Nico, Stephen Cartwright, Ehud Shalin, and Mario Costa Sousa. "Ningyo of the CAVE: Robots as Social Puppets of Static Infrastructure." the Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (iHAI 2014). 2014.

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Abstract:
In this paper, we present a view of robots as physical agents submitting to a static infrastructure, allowing a computerized static system to use the robot as a dynamic puppet, which is a social agent that can communicate on physical and social terms with its human users and visitors. We demonstrate our approach with Ningyō of the CAVE, a prototype designed to allow a virtual reality CAVE facility to introduce its capabilities to human users and visitors. Through the robot, the CAVE is able to highlight capabilities and uses of the facility through performance, showmanship and physical actions to create an engaging interaction that conveys an overview of the facility and demonstrates its key functionalities. We examine the quality of the resulting engagement with preliminary reflection by several human visitors to our CAVE system.

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