Internship Builds Japan-Australia Research Collaboration

The School was delighted to host Masakazu Ohara, an international research intern who worked with Dr Juno Kim for six weeks over the summer break. Masakazu is currently in the process of completing his undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) in Japan. During his time here, he learned about 3D graphical modelling and simulation and began to lead an ongoing research project with Dr Kim looking at the perception of surfaces and materials in virtual environments.

The research he conducted whilst at UNSW was presented at the Innovative "SHITSUKAN" Science and Technology conference held in Tokyo (6-8 March). A subsequent presentation of his work will be delivered at the Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC) in April this year.

The adjacent image depicts Masakazu demonstrating just how easy it is to generate realistic graphical simulations of complex surface optics like the refraction of light through glassy 3D objects using a GPU and the consumer version of the Oculus Rift.

The ongoing collaboration demonstrates the commitment of Dr Juno Kim and his laboratory to growing the careers of interested local and international undergraduate students to become world-class researchers in vision science.

For more information on research opportunities available through the fourth-year honours or postgraduate degrees by research on the topic of material appearance research, please contact Dr Juno Kim.

For all other general enquiries, please contact the School of Optometry and Vision Science directly: (+61 02) 9385 4639.